New student orientation is the intentional process of assisting new students in making a successful transition to the academic and cultural environment of Calvin. The Orientation Intern plays an integral role in this process by: planning and executing Passport and Quest orientation programs; recruiting, selecting, training, and leading a staff of orientation leaders; supporting Calvin's mission in day-to-day contact with new students and their parents; and participating in appropriate evaluation of Calvin's orientation programs. There are seven Orientation Interns who will work with the Student Development Office staff to administer the orientation programs.
Any Calvin student with the following characteristics may apply for the Orientation Intern position:
In addition, experience has taught us that serving as both an Orientation Intern and as an RA or in residence hall leadership is not possible. Therefore, if a student accepts an Intern position, he or she cannot pursue an RA or residence hall leadership position for the fall. The time commitment of each leadership position precludes service in both simultaneously.
Orientation Interns will begin in February 2014 and will complete their service in the end of September 2014, except for assisting in the selection of the following year's Orientation Interns in the winter. They will be involved in all aspects of Calvin's orientation programs, including the programs for first-year students, transfer students, and parents.
Orientation Interns are required to be available during the spring and summer months to coordinate and staff the program. Interns will be given 4 vacation days during the summer that can be taken at appropriate times.
Orientation Interns will receive $4,250 for their dedicated efforts and an hourly wage during the spring. Free housing in the Knollcrest East apartments is also available during the summer.
All applicants should plan on attending one of two mandatory Informational meetings. All application materials must be returned to the Student Development Office in the Commons Annex, no later than Friday, Feb. 7 by noon. Applicants will only be considered once all materials, including online recommendations, are submitted.
Application materials will be reviewed and successful candidates will be invited to sign-up for individual interviews scheduled for February 10-12. Applicants will be asked to prepare a presentation on one of four case studies that will be made available to them when they submit their recommendations and resume. Following the individual interviews, applicants will be evaluated and may have the opportunity for the second round of interviews. Applicants will be invited to attend a dinner on Thursday, February 13 at 6pm and then a group interview on Saturday, February 15 at 6:00am. Applicants must attend these interviews in order to be considered for this position.