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Orientation Leaders

Approximately 90 continuing students are hired each year to provide leadership and guidance to incoming first year and transfer students during the fall Discoveries Orientation program. Orientation Leaders come from all academic majors and all areas of the country, but have one thing in common: they are all excited about the University of Denver and want to pass that passion on to new students as they transition to the campus community.

Successful Orientation Leaders are able to share insights about life at DU both inside and outside the classroom. They have good verbal and written communications skills, are critical thinkers, and are comfortable interacting with a broad range of people (from students to faculty to parents). Orientation Leaders work with a diverse group of approximately 20 incoming students to create an inclusive, welcoming community designed to help in the transition to a university life. They are able to stay positive in sometimes stressful situations and are excellent representatives of the institution.

Orientation Staff Mission

The students of Discoveries dedicate themselves to facilitate the successful transition of new students through leadership, comprehensive programs, and support. We strive to achieve this through three interlocking elements:

  • Educate, motivate, and excite students by providing engaging and educational resources and programs.
  • Provide positive role modeling and an environment that fosters love of learning, ethical and caring behavior, and respect for differences.
  • Work with faculty, staff, and students to ease the process of advising and registration, and promote mentor relationships.

Orientation Leader Requirements

Orientation Leaders must:

  • Be a continuing student at the University of Denver
  • Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5
  • Be in good social and academic standing with the University of Denver
  • Have the desire to work in a team environment
  • Demonstrate strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Be able to stay positive and problem solve in stressful situations
  • Have a desire to serve as a resource for new students and their families
  • Work closely with a faculty partner or academic advisor
  • Be committed to embedding Inclusive Excellence throughout the entire Discoveries Orientation program
  • Have a love for DU
  • Attend fall training, 8:00am-6:00pm, August 27th-August 30th, 2014.
  • Be available to work all hours August 31st-September 6th, 2014.
  • Attend a half-day retreat on May 10th, 2014

Orientation Leader Application Process

Applications for 2014 Orientation Leaders (OL's) are now open!  

  • Interested?  Be sure to submit your completed application by NOON on Wednesday, March 19th.

The following are the steps applicants should follow to apply:

1. Candidates must apply online at

2. For an application to be considered complete, applicants must submit the following documents through the above noted website;
    a. Resumé
    b. Cover Letter
    c. Two References (Note: You must simply submit the contact information for two references including phone number and email address.  NO LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION ARE NEEDED.)

 Note: Applicants chosen for an interview will be contacted on March 26th and asked to sign up for an interview time.  Interviews will be held on April 1st-3rd.  

If an application has been started but not submitted correctly, it will not be considered. It is critical that you ensure that your application is complete and submitted.
For questions regarding the OL application process, please contact