New Student Orientation is the intentional process of assisting new students in making a successful transition to the academic and cultural environment of Westmont.
Orientation Intern 
There are two Orientation Interns who work closely with the Director of Campus Life and O Team to plan and implement new student Orientation in the fall. The position offers a creative opportunity to develop administrative, interpersonal and leadership skills.
The goals of Orientation are as follows:
- Prepare students for academic success
- Begin conversations about important values and Westmont community principles
- Introduce students to services, co-curricular programs and involvement opportunities
- Provide students with the space and information necessary to make a personal transition to Westmont
- Foster introductions and interaction between fellow students, faculty, and staff
What are the Hours?
- Interns start in May (right after graduation) and work 12/hrs per week through early August.
- In early August hours increase to 20 hours per week
- One week before Orientation, Interns are expected to work full time concluding the weekend prior to the start of classes.
- Summer vacations can be coordinated around Intern duties.
- Orientation Interns will be paid hourly at $11/hr.
What are the Specific Responsibilities?
Extensive Planning & Preparation
- Oversee all logistics for Orientation move in and welcome tent
- Plan Orientation signage, secure vehicles & order necessary supplies
- Communicate through Facebook and bi-monthly e-mails to incoming students
- Prepare and update materials for new student folders
Training and Oversight of the O-Team
- Serve as the point of contact between O-Team members and the director of campus life during training and Orientation
- Plan and run a 3 day O-Team training retreat the weekend before Orientation
- Assign O-Team members to individual assignments
Facilitation of the Orientation Event
- Support and oversee O-Team members and volunteers
- Work closely with the O-Team to ensure high quality service
- Trouble shoot problems and challenges
After Orientation Responsibilities
- Participate as a student leader at the FY Retreat one weekend in September
- Participate in weekly meetings in September to debrief Orientation and plan for the FY Retreat
- Help recruit and interview the new Orientation team in spring semester
Orientation Team (O-Team) Member *
The O-Team works under the supervision of the Director of Campus Life and the Orientation Interns running the Fall and Spring new student Orientation programs; planning and executing the First Year Retreat; supporting Westmont's mission in day-to-day contact with new students and their parents; and participating in appropriate evaluation of Westmont's Orientation programs.
Who can Apply?
Any Westmont student with the following characteristics may apply for the Orientation Intern position:
- Committed to helping new students make a smooth and successful adjustment to Westmont
- Willingness to exercise gifts of organization, creativity, hospitality, and service
- Possesses an understanding of and personal support for Westmont's mission, campus environment and faith commitment
- Demonstrates confidence and maturity in interpersonal relationships
What are the Time Commitments?
- Two afternoon gatherings in April to get to know one another and begin training
- In mid-August (~10 days before school starts) Orientation Team members are expected to participate full-time in training, followed by the Orientation event itself, which will conclude the Sunday before classes start
- Weekly meetings in September to debrief Orientation and plan first year unity activities
- First Year Retreat or alternate unity event one weekend in September
- Some of the O-Team will assist with Spring Orientation the weekend before the spring semester
- Help recruit and interview next year's O-Team in spring semester
What are the Specific Responsibilities?
- Lead a small group of new students during Orientation and the First Year Retreat
- Assist with the arrival and move in process
- Welcome students and families at various Orientation events
- Help prepare new student folders, and coordinate event logistics
- Participate in on-going communication with a group of new students before, during and after Orientation
- Other duties as assigned
*O-Team positions are all unpaid volunteer positions.