Carnegie Mellon University

Orientation Counselor Application

Position Overview

The Orientation Counselor role is an important campus leadership position that helps incoming students with their intellectual, social, emotional and cultural transition to the Carnegie Mellon community. OCs are assigned to a specific housing community and small group to serve as a main point of contact and support for those students throughout the Orientation program. Strong Orientation Counselor applicants will have a desire to build genuine, one-on-one relationships with first-year students and OCs, a commitment to equity and inclusion, and strong community building skills to connect new students to each other and campus resources. OCs are provided guidance and supervision by Orientation Leaders, Head Orientation Counselors, and professional staff.

Application and Selection Timeline

The application for the Orientation Counselor (OC) position is available in late fall and due in late January on an annual basis. Interviews will be conducted in February and early March and applicants are notified of the final selection in late March. Please note that both new and returning Orientation Counselor applicants should complete the Orientation Counselor application.

Time Commitment

Orientation Counselors will attend multiple training sessions in the spring to prepare them for their role including a mandatory day-long training in spring semester. OCs will be able to move back to campus early and will attend fall training the week prior to the Orientation program in August. The First-Year Orientation program runs for a week prior to the start of classes and Orientation Counselors will be tasked with duties throughout that time period. OCs must be available for all of training and Orientation in order to serve the program.

Email the Orientation team with questions about the OC position