Orientation Intern

Orientation Interns

What's an orientation intern?

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.

Important 2014 dates

  • Jan 13 - Recruitment Begins
  • Jan 21 - Info. Meeting (12:15-12:45pm)
  • Feb 4 - Info. Meeting (3:30-4:00pm)
  • Feb 7 - Applications Due
  • Feb 10-12 - Individual Interviews
  • Feb 13 - Group Dinner
  • Feb 15 - Group Interview
  • Feb 17 - Notification
  • Feb 20 - First OB Meeting (3-5pm)
  • Mar 6-9 - Weekend Retreat

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Who can apply?

Any Calvin student with the following characteristics may apply for the Orientation Intern position:

  • Committed to helping new students make a smooth and successful adjustment to Calvin
  • Willingness to exercise gifts of creativity, hospitality, and service
  • Possesses general understanding of Calvin's campus environment (current or previous experience in orientation, a student organization, student leadership, or campus office is required)
  • Demonstrates confidence and maturity in interpersonal relationships
  • Strives to manifest Christian commitment in thought, word, and deed
  • Preference will be given to upperclassmen students
  • Maintains full-time student status at Calvin and fulfills the college's eligibility requirements for participation in campus activities as reflected in the Student Handbook.
  • Has a minimum GPA of 2.5.

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.