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, January 11, 2016, and they will all participate in International Student Orientation from January 12-16, 2016.

What do International Student Orientation Student Workers do?

For this upcoming orientation, we are excited to announce the roles of our Orientation Student Workers has changed!  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.  While exact details of this role are still being finalized, it will involve 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 and deliver meals (January 11)
    • 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 (January 12-15)
    • Helping staff the Orientation Potluck (January 14)
    • Staffing the January 11 bus to pick-up students at the O’Hare Airport
    • Staffing the Saturday field trip to Madison (January 16)
    • Assisting ISSS staff, Graduate Assistant, and Student Intern 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)
    • Providing help during International Night Dinner (April 9)

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 January 5-8.  Please note, PL specific training will be January 5-7 (exact times TBD, but approximately 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM).  You will also join the OA training on January 8 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 (January 11)
  • 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 (January 12-15, 2016)
  • Assisting ISSS staff, Graduate Assistant, Student Intern, and Peer Leaders as needed
  • Optional opportunity to staff the Saturday field trip to Madison (January 16)

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 January 8, 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:

  • January 5-7: Orientation Student Worker Training (PLs only)
  • January 8:  Orientation Student Worker Training (PLs and OAs)
  • January 11:  International Student Residence Hall Check-In (PLs and OAs)
  • January 12-15:  International Orientation Week (PLs and OAs)
  • January 16:  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 May 1. 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".

Feb
18

International Club Meeting

Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 5:00pm

Feb
19

Global Lunch Hour

Friday, February 19, 2016 -

11:00am to 1:00pm

Feb
26

Global Lunch Hour

Friday, February 26, 2016 -

11:00am to 1:00pm

Mar
03

International Club Meeting

Thursday, March 3, 2016 - 5:00pm

Mar
04

Global Lunch Hour

Friday, March 4, 2016 -

11:00am to 1:00pm

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