Section: ISSS

International Student Orientation Student Workers

International Student Orientation Leaders

Apply to be an International Student Orientation Student Worker for next semester’s International Student Orientation! Orientation Student Workers help the new international students move into their residence hall rooms, give campus tours, lead small groups of international students, assist in tracking attendance, participate in social events, and serve as a resource for the students. In turn, Orientation Student Workers get the opportunity to meet and build friendships with our newest international students from around the world.

When is the next International Student Orientation?

The incoming international students will arrive on Monday, August 29, 2016, and they will all participate in International Student Orientation from August 30-September 2, 2016.

What do International Student Orientation Student Workers do?

There are two different positions available that you can apply for:  Orientation Ambassador (OA) or Peer Leader (PL).  Read below for details on both positions:

Peer Leaders

This position is new and involves a significantly greater level of commitment and responsibility than being an OA, both before, during, and after orientation.

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Responsibilities before and during orientation
    • Helping manage the daily orientation schedule
    • Creating and organizing icebreakers and evening activities, and then train OAs on those activities
    • Helping the new international students move into their residence hall rooms (August 29)
    • Providing focused support for students in the English Language Program, who may have difficulties understanding orientation content
    • Compiling session attendances into master list
    • Serving as a resource and guide for the students
    • Attending all of orientation (August 30-September 2)
    • Helping staff the Orientation Potluck (September 1)
    • Staffing the August 29 bus to pick-up students at the O’Hare Airport
    • Staffing the field trip to Madison (August 31)
    • Participating in Welcome Weekend with new students
    • Assisting ISSS staff and Graduate Assistant as needed
  • Responsibilities after orientation
    • Continue to serve as a resource and guide for the students (as needed)
    • Become an authorized campus driver (if eligible)
    • Be part of the ISSS “driver pool” where you may be asked to drive international students to a ISSS sponsored event (0-1 Saturdays/semester)
      • This is dependent upon semester programming, student interest, and your availability
    • Co-organize  and co-lead Global Lunch hour for the semester (0-2 hours/week)
      • Creating discussion topics and supporting questions/information around those topics to spur conversations
      • Maintaining attendance sheets
    • Providing focused support for students in the English Language Program, who may have difficulties understanding post-orientation content (e.g. troubleshooting issue student may have with a meal card) (0-1 hours/week)

Benefits:

  • Paid position
  •  Marketable leadership training and experience
  • Develop your leadership and cross-cultural communication skills
  • Excellent work and cultural experience to put on your résumé
  • All meals provided during training and orientation (excluding weekends)
  • Move in early to your residence hall free of charge (if you will be living on campus during the semester following orientation)
  • Meet students from all over the world

Training:

The training for PLs will take place August 23-26.  Please note, PL specific training will be August 23-25 (exact times TBD, but approximately 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM).  You will also join the OA training on August 26 from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Orientation Ambassadors

This role focuses on being a near peer mentor to the newly arrived international students, encouraging them to actively engage in orientation activities, and guiding students through their first week on campus.

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Helping the new international students move into their residence hall rooms (August 29)
  • Providing direction to a small group of assigned students for the week
  • Leading students on a campus photo scavenger hunt
  • Participating in events with the students
  • Co-leading icebreakers and evening activities
  • Providing focused support for students in the English Language Program, who may have difficulties understanding orientation content
  • Serving as a resource and guide for the students (during and [optionally] after orientation)
  • Assisting with check-in at each session
  • Ensuring students move at an appropriate pace each day
  • Attending all of orientation (August 30-September 2, 2016)
  • Assisting ISSS staff, Graduate Assistant, and Peer Leaders as needed
  • Participating in Welcome Weekend activities with new students
  • Optional opportunity to staff the field trip to Madison (August 31)

Benefits:

  • Meet students from all over the world
  • Move in early to your residence hall free of charge (if you will be living on campus during the semester following orientation)
  • Lunch provided during training and all meals provided during orientation
  • Strong cultural experience to put on your résumé
  • Develop your leadership and cross-cultural communication skills

Training:

The training will take place on August 26, from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Eligibility

All current UW-Platteville undergraduate and graduate students (both U.S. citizens and international students) are welcome to apply.

International Student Orientation Student Workers must commit to and be available to participate in their designated pre-orientation training session(s) and for all of their assigned orientation activities during orientation week:

  • August 23-26: Orientation Student Worker Training (PLs only)
  • August 26:  Orientation Student Worker Training (PLs and OAs)
  • August 29:  International Student Residence Hall Check-In (PLs and OAs)
  • August 30-September 2:  International Orientation Week (PLs and OAs)
  • August 31:  Madison Field trip (PLs, optional for OAs)

Applicant finalists will undergo a background check.

Deadline to apply

Deadline for applying to be a fall semester Orientation Leader is April 25. Deadline for applying to be a spring semester Orientation Leader is December 1.

How do I apply?

Apply online by clicking the link in the upper right corner of this page, under "APPLY".

Sep
01

Community Welcome Potluck for International Students

Thursday, September 1, 2016 -

5:30pm to 7:00pm

Sep
08

International Club Meeting

Thursday, September 8, 2016 -

5:00pm to 6:00pm

Sep
09

Global Lunch Hour

Friday, September 9, 2016 -

11:00am to 1:00pm

Sep
09

International Club Pizza Party

Friday, September 9, 2016 -

5:00pm to 6:00pm

Sep
16

Global Lunch Hour

Friday, September 16, 2016 -

11:00am to 1:00pm

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