We are recruiting START Leaders for Summer 2022!

Learn more by joining our info session Monday, January 10th, 2:30pm - 3:30pm in the Memorial Union Room 215

Nuts and Bolts

  • Serve as an expert orientation resource for incoming students and their families, as well as campus partners and officials
  • Serve as a role model and mentor for all new students encountered
  • Facilitate small group sessions of new students to introduce them to Oregon State culture
  • Share your Oregon State story with small groups to support student connection to their new institution
  • Communicate with students via email and phone regarding their transition to Oregon State
  • Host social events for new students, helping students to connect with one another

Good news... there's no right answer!  We want our staff to look, feel, and sound like our incoming students, so EVERYONE is welcome to apply.

Last year's staff had:

  • Introverts AND extroverts!!
  • 6 of the 9 undergraduate colleges were represented:  Business, Liberal Arts, Science, Education, PHHS, and Forestry
  • LGBTQ+ students, students of color, and first-generation college students
  • Students from Oregon, Washington, California, and International students
  • Greek affiliated students and many who were not
  • Small town and rural students, as well as those from the greater-Portland area
  • Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors
  • Honors students and many who were not
  • Student-athletes
  • Undergraduate and Graduate students


Apart from the internal joy of helping incoming students transition to their new school, there are many benefits of being a START leader.

  • START Leaders earn $13.50/hour and on average make up to $3,500 per summer.  Opportunities may exist to work more than 30 hours per week, which could increase pay.
  • START Leaders gain valuable experience as facilitators, content developers, group engagement experts, and problem solvers.
  • START Leaders learn more about their own Oregon State community, make connections with students and staff outside of their college, and about resources available to students.
  • START Leaders make new friends as they work with other leaders on the START team.
  • START Leaders get to learn or practice customer service, time management, peer accountability, and self-motivation skills.
  • START Leaders gain valuable office skills like using Microsoft word/excel/outlook, making phone calls, and composing professional emails.

START Leaders are required to attend all spring training dates, which will consist of 5 weekend sessions throughout spring term and weekly zoom trainings from March 28, 2022 through June 3, 2022.  This will amount to around 5-6 hours/week.  June training then begins on June 13, 2022 and we anticipate 40 hours of work that week, followed by 15-30 hours every week until September 16, 2022.

  1. Complete the application on jobs.oregonstate.edu by January 12, 2022.
  2. Attend an interview or two with our staff to get to know us better in January and early February.
  3. Selections and job offers will be made in late February and early March.
  4. Successful candidates will need to complete their hiring paperwork in early March.
  5. Training begins on March 28 and will continue weekly through spring term 2022.

What is it like to be a START leader?

  • "Being a START Leader taught me not only such useful skills and knowledge that can be taken with me elsewhere, but gave me the opportunity to surround myself with positive energy and an exceptional group of people." -Reid Burford, START Leader 2021
  • "Being a START leader is like being a tiny bit of an expert on everything OSU related. You're always learning new things about campus, new students, and more." -Molly Courville, START Leader 2020, Senior START Leader 2021
  • "Being a START leader was the most challenging yet gratifying work I've done! It's hard work but worth it to work with such an incredible team." - Julia Notz, START Leader 2021

What did you learn by being part of START?

  • "START helped me to learn working as a team, virtual communication tools, emailing, facilitating meetings, answering questions effectively, and most importantly creating an inclusive environment where we as START Leaders could welcome every individual to our beautiful community." - Kaan Huri, START Leader 2020
  • "As a START leader I learned many skills relating to facilitation, student outreach, inclusion and advising. I definitely improved my public speaking skills over the course of the summer. Whether I am in a big meeting, presenting to students in a small group or on the phone I now feel a lot more confident in communicating information to others. I was also able to improve my collaboration/organizational skills through all of the smaller group events planned in teams and the fact that we were able to come up with our own schedules." - Grace Fetherstonhaugh, START Leader 2020/2021
  • "I learned that I actually have a lot more knowledge than I give myself credit for (as will you)! The students look up to you a lot, and you'll see what a difference your work really makes." - Hayley Wightsil, START Leader 2021, Senior START Leader 2022

What's your advice for next year's START leaders?

  • "The ‘Leader’ title is there for a reason. The staff will be there to support you with any challenges throughout the time you work with incoming students. There is no single template that helps all the individuals of incoming students for their orientation process. You will have times where your creativity, action and own ways of doing things will make a difference in people’s lives. That’s what matters in START and I am sure you will do great!" - Kaan Huri, START Leader 2020
  • "One of the most important things that I learned is for every student it's their first time asking the questions so deal each question with the same enthusiasm."- Sayali Pradeep Dhamapurkar, START Leader 2021
  • "My advice to future START leaders is to go in with a positive attitude and a flexible mindset. Also, be sure to communicate with your supervisors, your pod leader and your co-workers because they are there to support you." - Grace Fetherstonhaugh, START Leader 2020/2021


what Impact did you have on incoming students in START?

  • "You know you've had an impact on an incoming student when  you finish answering all of their questions and they let you know how they appreciate you taking the extra time to help them out" - Zoe Arinsberg, START Leader 2021, Senior START Leader 2022
  • " It was nice to have excited and smiling faces saying ‘thank you’ during the closure of our meeting. That was a signal to me that these students are ready to go and explore what OSU has to offer for them. There were times when I had students who remained in the calls and had 1:1’s with me by asking questions to listen to my own experiences in OSU and hear advice for them." - Kaan Huri, START Leader 2020

What was your favorite part of START?

  • "Being a senior at OSU, it was such cool feeling to know that I was helping new students to make OSU their new home and love it as much as I do."-Hope Lorentzen, START Leader 2021
  • "My favorite part of START was connecting with students/offering advice. I found that I had a lot of advice to give and was excited to share my experiences, because I know what it’s like to be a new student -Ally Erickson START Leader 2021
  • "My favorite part of START was putting on small group orientations for incoming students. This was the most rewarding aspect because I was able to work closely with students, answer questions and share my own experience in order to make them feel welcome and excited to come to Oregon State University." - Grace Fetherstonhaugh, START Leader 2020/2021