Common Application

Orientation

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 Website (www.westmont.edu/orientation)

Orientation Intern [2]

Under the supervision of the Director of Campus Life, Orientation Interns will be responsible for planning and executing Fall and Spring new student Orientation programs; planning and executing the First Year Retreat; training, and helping lead the Orientation Team members; 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 strong gifts of organization, creativity, hospitality, and service
  • Possesses an understanding of Westmont's mission, campus environment and culture (current or previous experience in orientation, a student organization, or student leadership is preferred)
  • Demonstrates confidence and maturity in interpersonal relationships
  • Strives to manifest Christian commitment in thought, word, and deed
  • Preference will be given to upper-class students and/or former Orientation team members

What are the Specific Responsibilities?

The Orientation team & Interns gather in early April to get to know one another. The Interns will oversee the filming of the Orientation video one weekend day in April. The Team and Interns will gather for a training day the Friday after finals end in early May. Orientation Interns are required to be available during the summer months for up to 12 hours per week to work with the Director to coordinate logistics and plan the Fall Orientation program and the First Year Retreat.  In mid-August (~10 days before school starts) Orientation Team members are expected to participate full-time in Leadership Training, followed by the Orientation event itself, which will conclude the weekend prior to the start of classes.  Interns will help lead weekly educational programs for first year students in September as well as participating in regular meetings to debrief Orientation and finalize preparations for the First Year Retreat. O-Team service continues through March the following year, however the highest concentration of time is mid-August through September. 

Orientation Intern expectations are as follows:

  • Cooperate and work closely with the other Orientation Intern to help the Director of Campus Life organize and plan Fall and Spring new student Orientation and the First Year Retreat
    • Coordinate orientation events, seminars, and activities
    • Be involved in the logistical support required for Fall and Spring Orientation, Warrior Wise and the First Year Retreat
  • Work with a variety of staff and faculty members and volunteers to coordinate and execute Orientation activities; communicate needs and expectations
  • Be responsible for the operations of Orientation activities during the event itself
    • Finalize and implement all events and activities related to Orientation
    • Help to guide and train the Orientation Team
  • Maintain and update an Orientation Intern binder as well as on-line files.
  • Help plan and lead two weekly educational programs [Warrior Wise] for first year students in September
  • Help to interview and hire new Orientation Interns and Team members

What's the compensation?

Orientation Interns will be paid hourly at $10/hr for their efforts.   

Orientation Team (O-Team) Member [14]

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 Westmont's mission, campus environment and culture
  • Commitment to abide by all policies found in Westmont’s Community Life Statement 
  • Demonstrates confidence and maturity in interpersonal relationships
  • Team player. If experiencing conflict, a willingness to address the conflict directly, privately, and professionally with the individual(s) involved.
  • Maintains full-time student status at Westmont and fulfills the college's eligibility requirements for participation in campus activities as reflected in the Student Handbook.

What are the time commitments?

The Orientation team gathers in early April to get to know one another. One weekend day in April is dedicated to filming the Orientation video. The whole Orientation team will gather for a training day the Friday after finals end in early May. In mid-August (~10 days before school starts) Orientation Team members are expected to participate full-time in Leadership Training, followed by the Orientation event itself, which will conclude the weekend prior to the start of classes.  O-Team members will lead weekly educational programs for first year students in September as well as participating in regular meetings to debrief Orientation and finalize preparations for the First Year Retreat, which involves a two-night stay at a local retreat center. O-Team service continues through May the following year, however the highest concentration of time is mid-August through September. 

What are the specific responsibilities?  O-Team expectations are as follows:

  • Be present during all training periods, the days and evenings of orientation, for regular meetings in the fall semester including Warrior Wise and the first year retreat;
  • Help facilitate, coordinate, implement and/or evaluate all Spring and Fall Orientation activities;
  • Participate in all Orientation events and be on time for all orientation responsibilities;
  • Participate in on-going communication with new students after they complete Orientation;
  • Create an O-Team video to welcome new students to campus;
  • Plan and help lead two educational programs (Warrior Wise) for first year students in September
  • Lead small group conversations with new students during Orientation and the First Year Retreat
  • Help to interview and hire new Orientation Interns and Team members
  • Complete other duties as assigned.

* Orientation-Team member positions are all volunteer positions