Orientation Mentor

NSTP employs 20 Orientation Mentors (OMs) who assist in managing student staff, developing orientation programs, and supporting our new students and their families during their transition to Ithaca College. In order to hold this esteemed position, we are seeking students who meet the criteria listed further below.

Video Submission Questions

All applicants will answer the following questions in a video response. Please make sure that your responses can be clearly heard. This video should be between 5 - 7 minutes in length, but 10 minutes max.

  1. How do you see the Orientation Mentor role supporting the overall Orientation program?
  2. What is one way that you would foster an inclusive and respectful staff environment, and within your huddle, to support the overall Orientation program?
  3. As a returning staff member, please express one way in which the opportunity to return will help you as you continue to develop your leadership skills?

Interested in the Orientation Coordinator role? Review the position and expectations.


Please review the following information about the OM role

  1. Guide and welcome new students, families, and guests to Ithaca College.
  2. Assisting Orientation professional staff in the preparation of Orientation activities and materials including, but not limited to, orientation prep, check-in process, event management, escorting students/families and guests around campus, set-up/tear down, participation in meals and evening activities, crisis response, and other duties as assigned.
  3. Facilitating & effectively managing small group discussions with incoming students including resource sharing, supporting students transition to college, self-identity exploration, etc.
  4. Serving as a positive role model, mentor, and student supervisor for Orientation Leaders (OLs); serving as a leader for OLs throughout their training and the orientation program, understanding that this relationship continues into the semester and has a significant impact on a student’s experience.
  5. Creating a welcoming and inclusive environment by articulating and exemplifying Ithaca College’s academic and community expectations, addressing common transition questions, discussing what it means to be part of a diverse community, and modeling an exploration of self/social identities.
  6. Facilitating individual presentations, workshops, and/or programs including working with campus event managers, building managers, and support staff.
  7. Adhere to the Office of New Student & Transition Programs policies, the Student Conduct Code, and all national, state, and local laws throughout the duration of your employment.

All candidates must 

  • be on Orientation Staff for at least one year prior (returning applicants only)
  • be in good judicial standing
  • have acceptable academic standing (a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 maintained through the spring semester, preference given to those with a GPA of 2.75 and above)
  • full-time enrollment as an undergraduate or graduate student at time of hire through Fall 2022.
  • All Orientation Staff will receive a comprehensive leadership development training designed to increase knowledge of campus resources, event planning, effective communication strategies, leadership tools, and to create a high-functioning, cohesive orientation team.
  • Orientation Mentor will be paid an hourly rate of $13.35 over two weeks.
  • O-Staff Kick-Off: April 23rd
  • O-Staff Fall Training: August 9th – 15th
  • Fall Orientation: August 16th – 21st
    • O-Staff cannot participate in another role/job during August employment, this includes pre-semester trainings/programs.