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Find Your Why as an Orientation Leader

As a Golden Bear Orientation Leader, you become part of a team that works collaboratively to welcome and orient new students to the UC Berkeley community.

Using your own experiences and perspectives, you will help guide incoming students through a multiday program in August, helping them explore academic life, campus involvement, and everything that UC Berkeley has to offer.

This is a unique volunteer opportunity to:

  • meet and mentor a diverse, dynamic student group
  • develop leadership skills
  • be a positive influence (while having fun)

How to Join

Fill out the application and New Student Services will be in touch. 
Note: Recruitment is from November to February. Please apply during the recruitment period. Or, if you are interested in joining in the future or want to check on a waitlist opportunity, please send a note to: nss@berkeley.edu
If you want to know more, contact NSS or attend an Information Session (details below).

Application is open now.

Apply to be a leader

Benefits for You

There are so many benefits to becoming a GBO Leader. Here are just a few:

  • Career/professional development
  • Extending your “Berkeley family” and learning more about campus
  • Exploring the Bay Area with new students
  • Attending the Chancellor’s Reception
  • Getting UC Berkeley gear
  • Experiencing those unexpected intangibles, as expressed by previous GBO leaders

Role Description

  • Serve as a role model for new students by displaying the responsibility and maturity of a continuing student.
  • Actively participate in all required events, including meetings, Orientation Leader trainings, move-in and GBO events.
  • Create an inclusive and welcoming community for all new students.
  • Facilitate activities and discussions.
  • Guide students to various locations and program points throughout GBO.
  • Answer fundamental questions about UC Berkeley.
  • Be prompt, prepared, and positive.
  • Promote full participation for students in GBO.
  • During GBO in August, you may not be involved in any other outside commitments, including being a Resident Assistant.

Application is open now.