Office of New Student Orientation Employment

  • The Office of New Student Orientation is seeking dedicated and enthusiastic candidates who exemplify the IUP spirit.

    Peer advisors will serve as peer educators, group facilitators, performers, resource persons, role models, and ambassadors for Indiana University of Pennsylvania. (Note: This opportunity becomes available only in October/November of each year.) 

    Position Description:

    Summer Orientation is the process of assisting new students through the transition necessary for a successful collegiate experience. Peer advisors facilitate this process by providing new students with an introduction to the campus and its resources, assisting them with placement testing and registration, and acting as representatives of Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Selection to become a peer advisor is an honor and a rewarding opportunity for personal and professional growth. Each year, the Office of New Student Orientation selects a group of mature and dedicated undergraduate student leaders to assist with implementing university orientation programs.

    Requirements/Conditions of Position:

    Applicants must:

    • Have attained 24 credits (minimum) by the end of the spring 2017 semester while maintaining an overall grade point average of a 2.75 or higher.
    • Enroll in a one-credit course (DVST 250, Role of the Peer Educator: Theory, Practice and Assessment) offered on Tuesday from 2:00 to 2:50 p.m. during the spring 2017 semester.
    • Be available to work full time from approximately mid-May through mid-July 2017.
    • Be available to work the weekend prior to the start of the fall 2017 semester and again in January prior to the start of the spring 2018 semester and on Orientation weekends (TBA) in spring 2018.
    • If accepted as a potential peer adviser, or alternate, for the DVST 250 course and peer advising, be willing to:
      1. Provide an original of your Social Security card during the spring semester. (If you do not have an original, you will need to secure this by mid-spring semester, or you cannot be hired; the Office of New Student Orientation will explain the process.)
      2. Complete the background check information, delineated below.
      3. Complete required tax forms, when requested.
      4. Complete the required supplemental contract form, when provided.
    • Be willing to participate in the IUP Judicial Record check (free of charge) prior to selection; and if selected provisionally, the following IUP mandated background check. These include Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Background Check (SP4-164), Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance Form (CY-113) and Act 114- Federal (FBI) Fingerprint Criminal Background Check (Criminal History Report). 

    Applicants are not:

    • permitted to have other employment during training or Orientation sessions.
    • permitted to take classes for the duration of the Orientation program.

    Employment opportunities will be available for some peer advisors in the Major and Career Exploration Center during the 2017–18 academic year.

    Selection Criteria:

    Students must demonstrate an interest in working with new students and parents from a variety of backgrounds. Peer advisors are selected on the basis of previous work experiences, knowledge of IUP, interpersonal and communication skills, leadership, scholarship, enthusiasm, and creativity. Final selection of the peer advisors is made after enrollment and completion of DVST 250 in the spring semester. Additionally, students should possess a warm and friendly personality and maintain a high level of visibility, approachability, and a willingness to follow a prescribed standard.


    Compensation includes a stipend of $2,200 (less applicable taxes). In addition, peer advisors are provided with housing in the residence hall, meals for the program duration, and Summer Orientation t-shirts.

    Application/Interview Process:

    Applications must be completed online or returned to the Office of New Student Orientation, 212C Pratt Hall, by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, November 4, 2016. To download the application from the Web, go to the Orientation employment link.

    Required with the application are two reference forms. The individuals providing the references should return the forms to the Office of New Student Orientation by Friday, November 4, 2016. Please refer below for a timeline of when all materials should be completed or returned.  

    Selection Process Timeline 2016

    (for summer 2017 Orientation)

    October 14
    Applications available online
    October 20, 24, 26
    Peer advisor information sessions
    November 4
    Applications and reference forms due by 4:00 p.m. to 212C Pratt Hall
    November 9– December 16 (approx.) Peer advisor applicant interview period

    Note: Applicants must have two interviews: one with former peer advisors and one with the director, as well as a group process event.
    Winter Break
    Notification of status

    Please return all materials to:

    Craig Dillaman
    Interim Director for Orientation
    Office of New Student Orientation 
    212C Pratt Hall

    Remember: To be a peer advisor, you must enroll in DVST 250 offered Tuesday from 2:00 to 2:50 p.m. during the spring semester. Please keep that time slot available in your class schedule.

  • 2017 Peer Advisor Reference Form
    Each peer applicant must have two reference forms completed and returned to Craig Dillaman, 212C Pratt Hall, by Friday, November 4, at 4:00 p.m.
    2017 Peer Advisor Position Description
    PEER ADVISOR POSITION DESCRIPTION OFFICE OF NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION GENERAL DESCRIPTION: The Peer Advisor position within the Office of New Student Orientation assumes multiple responsibilities. The main responsibilities of a Peer Advisor are listed below. While an attempt has been made to list as many of the specific
    2017 Peer Advisor Application
    Each peer applicant must complete and return the completed application to Craig Dillaman, 212C Pratt Hall, By Friday, November 4, 2016.