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In addition to the five professional staff members, our staff is predominantly comprised of undergraduate students; and it is this staff that is at the heart of the UCLA New Student & Transition Programs. During the school year, the New Student Advisors assist with many different programs that take place to help ease students with their transitions. During New Student Orientation, their roles distinctly become Team Blue and Team Gold.

Team Blue works within the NSTP office, helping to run the administrative aspects of the program and also serve as advisors for family members at Family Orientation. Team Gold are the peer advisors who provide both academic counseling and a firsthand knowledge of the campus to students at the first year and transfer sessions.

Being a part of the UCLA New Student & Transition Programs staff is a big commitment with great rewards! Whether you are on the Blue team or the Gold team, you have the potential to help new students make a successful transition to UCLA. As a new student’s first impression of UCLA, you can instill Bruin pride, motivate for the road ahead, and help them to succeed at UCLA. In addition, you will build fantastic skills, including counseling, teaching, and leading presentations. Working within this close-knit staff often develops lasting, memorable friendships as well!

Each position has a separate application and interview process. You can apply for both positions, but be prepared to go through two interviews – if you are chosen for both, you will need to decide which position you wish to take.

Please be sure to read through each section thoroughly so you understand the differences between the two positions, the time commitment, the application process, and other pertinent dates and deadlines.

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See and hear what past New Student Advisors (O-lum) have to say about their Orientation staff experience:

– Safia Banyahia, Department Head of Foreign Language & Electives, Fusion Academy Walnut Creek
Orientation Staff 2012

“What I loved about being an NSA gold was the unique experience that you get with new students. You’re meeting them one day and all of the sudden you get into talking about UCLA, academics, how to graduate. And what you’re really doing in that time is building a relationship with people and guiding them through their first moments at UCLA. After working with orientation for two summers, I decided I wanted to go into teaching. So I applied, got into a grad program at UCLA, and now I am teaching calculus and pre-calculus in high school. I love my job, love my students and have to say that a lot of what I learned, I definitely learned from orientation.”

-William Hsu, Teacher, The School of Arts & Enterprise
Orientation Staff 2013-2014

– Matt Kugizaki, Attorney at Law, Loeb & Loeb LLP
Orientation Staff 2007

– Sarah Nami Ahn, Fashion Designer
Orientation Staff 2000-2001

“Working at orientation was one of the most important things that I ever did in my life. Orientation, in teaching me to talk to other people about choosing a major, taught me how to choose my own major. The people who trained me were kind of like my own individual, personalized counselors. They showed me what I was good at and they taught me to be much better at it. Orientation also helped me make so many more friends, from all different parts of campus life. I felt truly involved at UCLA after I became an orientation counselor. I think that orientation taught me to make a difference in other people’s lives just by listening to them and by sharing my own enthusiasms with them. Now, I teach as a lecturer at UCLA but my successes as a teacher come mainly from what I learned as an orientation counselor.”

– Dana Watson, Professor, UCLA Writing Programs and School of Engineering
Orientation Staff 1988-1991

– Pete Nyquist, Partner, Greenberg Glusker LLP
Orientation Staff 1990

– Taz Varkey, Obstetrician-Gynecologist, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Orientation Staff 1990-1991

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

As one of the units that comprises the Division of Undergraduate Education, the UCLA New Student & Transition Programs office is designed to serve the educational planning, academic advising, matriculation, and adjustment needs of all entering UCLA undergraduates.

Program Goals
Orientation is an educational planning process designed to promote students’:

I. Academic achievement,

II. Persistence to graduation, and

III. Intellectual and personal development.

Program Objectives
I. To help students clarify their intellectual curiosities and identify courses of study and other University opportunities which address their interests.

II. To facilitate students’ understanding of the University in terms of its mission, value, and intent regarding undergraduate education.

III. To acquaint entering students with relevant resources, opportunities, policies and procedures.

IV. To provide a contextual understanding of the nature of a liberal arts education, how it is reflected in General Education course offerings, and how desires for intellectual growth, personal development, graduate and professional school preparation, and career entry are accommodated therein.

V. To increase students’ awareness towards UCLA’s values concerning intellectual and personal diversity.

VI. To assist students in formulating academic and personal goals for their first year at the University and in planning for their adjustment to the college experience.

VII. To help each student establish a Fall Quarter class schedule based upon 1) an assessment of preparation, skills and background knowledge; 2) intellectual interests and curiosities; 3) desired outcomes of their college experience; 4) an understanding of academic policies and graduation requirements; and 5) personal commitments and responsibilities.

VIII. To teach a course selection process which can be used throughout the undergraduate experience.

IX. To facilitate the formation of friendships among entering students and help them to identify means of meeting continuing students.

X. To encourage students to approach their college experience in a balanced manner emphasizing academic achievement, personal development, and involvement in programs and opportunities available at the University.

XI. To increase student awareness and stimulate their timely use of support services and resources.

XII. To inform students about University expectations and goals for undergraduate education.

XIII. To acquaint students with the importance of personal involvement and quality of effort and their relationship to academic achievement and persistence.

Please note: all employment with UCLA New Student & Transition Programs is contingent upon completion of a satisfactory background investigation. See the individual applications for details.

TEAM BLUE

Before you begin filling out the application, please read this section thoroughly for training, time commitments, and other important points about the position. If you are given an interview, you will be expected to be familiar with all aspects of the position.

The New Student Advisor – Blue position is a blend of administrative and counseling duties. During the school year, the NSA – Blues work in the office on the general program administration, and during the summer the NSA- Blues work in the office, lead workshops, counsel new students, counsel new family members during New Parent & Family Orientation, and staff the Young Bruins Program. Specifically:

I. Act as an advisor to an assigned group of participants during orientation sessions.

II. Act as a trained listener to help students clarify educational goals and objectives, personal concerns, and alternative solutions to possible dilemmas.

III. Assess student readiness to pursue certain academic directions and particular courses.

IV. Familiarize students with academic requirements, college rules and regulations, scholarship requirements and degree requirements.

V. Suggest courses and class sequences to balance academic loads and to enhance learning.

VI. Counsel students about classes and majors including prerequisite and/or preparation requirements, course/major content, and performance expectations.

VII. Advise students on graduate and professional schools goals.

VIII. Introduce and instruct students on various online resources, including registration and enrollment, degree information, and on-campus resources.

IX. Describe the classroom experience for a UCLA student (e.g., the professor’s role, lecture and discussion section activities, etc.).

X. Share methods of maintaining motivation and interest necessary for achievement and for resolving potential conflicts between course requirements and other aspects of the student experience that consume time and energy.

XI. Discuss the need to balance academic demands with social and recreational interests, personal responsibilities, and family obligations.

XII. Describe opportunities for service and personal involvement within the campus community, and how to use student services on campus.

XIII. Plan and present workshops to address new students’ needs and interests.

XIV. Discuss the idea of a liberal arts education and how the degree and post-graduate plans can be met within realistic student expectations.

XV. Increase student confidence and help them overcome possible feelings of doubt.

XVI. Describe pressures and sources of anxieties in the college experience and discuss personal experiences in resolving those conflicts (e.g., parental pressures, performance anxiety, career and major indecision, etc.).

XVII. Act as a responsible member of the program; express opinions for improvements as appropriate and follow through with the administration’s goals and programmatic decisions. Work professionally and responsibly as part of a team as well as on individual projects.

XVIII. Act as an ambassador for the University and answer inquiries at yield events such as UCLA Bruin Day.

XIX. When available, assist in transition programs such as True Bruin Welcome Week, Orientation Part 2, Bruin Next Steps, and New Student Mentoring Program (Fall and Winter quarter events)

XX. Call incoming students to congratulate then on their admission to UCLA, address any of their initial concerns, answer questions regarding dates and deadlines, and provide general information about campus services. Required: a minimum of 21 hours during Spring Quarter.

XXI. Conduct tours of the campus.

XXII. Interact professionally among students, co-workers, administrators, and visitors to the UCLA New Student & Transition Programs office and refer them to the appropriate people or places.

XXIII. Answer questions pertaining to New Student Orientation and New Parent & Family Orientation sessions, academic policies, and students’ and/or parents’ concerns. Assist in this manner in the office, during walk-up counseling, at workshops, during transition programs such as Bruin Day and True Bruin Welcome Week, and in small group discussions.

XXIV. Act as a New Parent & Family Orientation counselor with an assigned group of family members and guests of new students at New Parent & Family Orientation. Answer questions from parents and/or other family members about the campus and being a UCLA student. Strong communication skills, patience and professionalism are essential. As a Young Bruins Program counselor, coordinate and participate in children’s activities separate of the adult programming.

XXV. General administrative duties including fielding phone inquiries regarding departmental programs and general campus information, data input of counseling and program evaluations, confirming session reservations, typing and/or editing correspondence and publications, and filing. Basic knowledge of word processing software and computers required.

Eligibility Requirements

1. AT THE TIME OF APPLICATION (Winter 2018), you must be in good academic standing at UCLA (no probation or STD) and be currently enrolled as an undergraduate student at UCLA.

2. You must be able to complete all commitments to Spring Quarter training, including Blue Training Day (Saturday, April 21), training week, retreat and all sessions during the summer (see the dates above and the summer calendar).

3. You must be able to work during the summer (preferrably 30-40 hrs. per week in the summer)

Salary

All of the above commitments will be paid at the rate of $13.50 per hour. Housing IS NOT provided during the summer (see FAQs for more information).

FAQs about the position

Link to New Student Advisor Application  Note: Please type your answers directly onto the application. Once you’re done please print it out and drop your application off at our office. If you apply for Blue and Gold positions, please print one application for each position.

BLUE FAQS

Can I apply if I graduate in Spring 2018?
Yes. You can be a part of staff if your date of graduation is June 2018. Just remember that you must be able to attend every training day during Spring Quarter 2018.

Is my housing provided for during the summer?
No, as an Blue Team Member you must find your own housing for the summer. You are paid on an hourly basis, for the shifts you work – no housing is included in your pay.

Can I miss working any Orientation Sessions?
Yes, as an Blue Team Member you can request days off during the summer if you have other commitments. This position is more flexible if you need to take summer school, have another job, or are planning a vacation. The average NSA – Blue typically works around 25-40 hours a week during the summer. During Spring Quarter, you will submit a request for hours and shifts for the summer. The shifts range throughout the day from 7:00 am – 11:00 pm depending on what’s going on during the Orientation session that day. Shifts can also be arranged around summer school courses.

Can I miss any of training?
No, you may not miss any training days, whether they are during Spring Quarter or the summer. Think of training as another class – you cannot schedule another class that overlaps with training, even by 10 minutes.

How much work is involved?
Working on the New Student & Transition Programs staff requires dedication. The NSA position typically has flexible hours, and the shifts range from 4 hours to a maximum of 8 hours a day. There are shifts in the early mornings, mid-day, and late afternoon-to-evenings and can work around your other summer commitments. There may be some times where you may be asked to work on a Saturday or Sunday.

The training during Spring Quarter and the summer is extensive, but it’s designed so that you are prepared for all the administrative and counseling situations that you will be exposed to during the sessions. You will be counseling parents and students one-on-one, facilitating group discussions with parents, and giving presentations, and you will need to have a solid knowledge of all the academic rules and regulations at the University, as well as a strong foundation of all the UCLA student services.

What are the benefits of being an NSA – Blue?
There are many benefits of being an NSA that go beyond the salary!

As an NSA:

  • You are part of a large, close-knit staff that works hard but has fun in the process.
  • You gain tremendous work experience that can be advantageous to you for graduate school or future employment, including:
    • Working as part of a team
    • Developing strong administrative skills
    • Developing strong communication skills
    • Creating and presenting workshops
    • Leading discussions
    • Providing academic counseling on technical information
    • You make great friendships
    • You learn about the University, from an academic, extracurricular and student service perspective
    • You learn how to mediate complex and often stressful situations

GOOD LUCK and we look forward to receiving your application!

New Student Advisor Application   Note: Please type your answers directly onto the application. Once you’re done please print it out and drop your application off at our office. If you apply for Blue and Gold positions, please print one application for each position.

TEAM GOLD

Before you begin filling out the application, please read this section thoroughly for eligibility requirements, training, time commitments, and other important points about the position. If you are given an interview, you will be expected to be familiar with all aspects of the position.

The New Student Advisor – Gold position works directly with incoming first-year and transfer students during the sessions, providing individual counseling, facilitating discussions, and making workshop presentations. The Golds are assigned groups for each session, and are responsible for introducing new students to all the services and academic opportunities available at UCLA. Specifically:

I. Act as an advisor to an assigned group of new students during New Student Orientation sessions.

II. Act as a trained listener to help students clarify educational goals and objectives, personal concerns, and alternative solutions to possible dilemmas.

III. Assess student readiness to pursue certain academic directions and particular courses.

IV. Familiarize students with academic requirements, college rules and regulations, scholarship requirements and degree requirements.

V. Suggest courses and class sequences to balance academic loads and to enhance learning.

VI. Counsel students about classes and majors including prerequisite and/or preparation requirements, course/major content, and performance expectations.

VII. Advise students on graduate and professional schools goals.

VIII. Introduce and instruct students on various online resources, including registration and enrollment, degree information, and on-campus resources.

IX. Describe the classroom experience for a UCLA student (e.g., the professor’s role, lecture and discussion section activities, etc.).

X. Share methods of maintaining motivation and interest necessary for achievement and for resolving potential conflicts between course requirements and other aspects of the student experience that consume time and energy.

XI. Discuss the need to balance academic demands with social and recreational interests, personal responsibilities, and family obligations.

XII. Describe opportunities for service and personal involvement within the campus community, and how to use student services on campus.

XIII. Plan and present workshops to address new students’ needs and interests.

XIV. Discuss the idea of a liberal arts education and how the degree and post-graduate plans can be met within realistic student expectations.

XV. Increase student confidence and help them overcome possible feelings of doubt.

XVI. Describe pressures and sources of anxieties in the college experience and discuss personal experiences in resolving those conflicts (e.g., parental pressures, performance anxiety, career and major indecision, etc.).

XVII. Act as a responsible member of the program; express opinions for improvements as appropriate and follow through with the administration’s goals and programmatic decisions. Work professionally and responsibly as part of a team as well as on individual projects.

XVIII. Act as an ambassador for the University and answer inquiries at yield events such as UCLA Bruin Day.

XIX. When available, assist in transition programs such as True Bruin Welcome Week, Orientation Part 2, Bruin Next Steps, and New Student Mentoring Program (Fall and Winter quarter events)

XX. Call incoming students to congratulate then on their admission to UCLA, address any of their initial concerns, answer questions regarding dates and deadlines, and provide general information about campus services. Required: a minimum of 21 hours during Spring Quarter.

XXI. Conduct tours of the campus.

Eligibility Requirements

1. AT THE TIME OF APPLICATION (Winter 2018), it is preferred that you have:

  • Sophomore standing (45 units – not including AP work) or higher
  • One year of college experience (after high school) and at least one quarter completed at UCLA
  • Good academic standing at UCLA (no probation or STD) and be currently enrolled as an undergraduate student at UCLA
  • A preferred cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher

2. You must be able to complete all commitments to Spring Quarter training, training week, retreat and all sessions during the summer (see the dates above and the summer calendar).

3. You must be able to live in the program’s designated residence hall from June 26 – September 17, 2018.

4. You must be willing to work long, irregular hours (including weekends and evenings). A limited number of flexible positions may be available which would allow you to either miss a week or leave the program early (eg. a family vacation or starting a graduate program or study abroad). To be considered for these positions, you must indicate these possible commitments on your application under the GOLD APPLICANTS. All other applicants will be hired to work all student sessions.

Salary

You will paid for all your time in Spring Training (part-time) and summer counseling (full-time). The total approximate amount will be $6,000 (gross – before taxes) plus room and board for the summer.

FAQs about the position

Link to New Student Advisor Application  Note: Please type your answers directly onto the application. Once you’re done please print it out and drop your application off at our office. If you apply for Blue and Gold positions, please print one application for each position.

GOLD FAQS

Can I apply if I graduate in Spring 2018?
Yes. You can be a part of staff if your date of graduation is June 2018. Just remember that you must be able to attend every training day during Spring Quarter 2018.

Do I have to live on campus all summer?
Yes, as a Gold member you must live in the residence hall all summer from June 26 – September 17, 2018. You will move out by September 17.

Can I miss any of training?
No, you may not miss any training days, whether they are during Spring Quarter or the summer. Think of training as another class – you cannot schedule another class that overlaps with training, even by 10 minutes.

Can I take time off during the summer?
A limited number of flexible positions may be available which would allow you to either miss a week or leave the program early (eg. a family vacation or starting a graduate program or study abroad). To be considered for these positions, you must indicate these possible commitments on your application under the GOLD APPLICANTS. All other applicants will be hired to work all student sessions.

I’m not the NSA – Gold “type”…
There is no “type” if you want to be a New Student Advisor. You do not need to have extensive counseling experience, be heavily involved in campus, or “bleed blue and gold”. Past NSAs have possessed a range of experiences and personalities, and come from a diverse range of backgrounds. For some Golds, this was their first job. The most important thing about being an NSA is the passion you demonstrate to make a difference for new UCLA students.

I’’ve never had a job before. Will that count against me?
No. Your application will be based primarily on your responses to the essays, and your interview will be the primary focus for your hiring.

What are my chances of getting hired?
There is no formula for being guaranteed a position as a Gold member. Many factors are taken into consideration, and your essay and your interview are very important. The final staff selection will be a reflection of the interview performances as well as an attention to keeping the staff academically diverse. The Gold staff will reflect the incoming class’ academic distribution in order to advise students within the area of your major. You will not be hired, for example, to counsel majors in the School of the Arts and Architecture if you are a science major in the College or HSSEAS.

I’m interested in getting a summer internship or taking summer school. Can I do this?
No. As a Gold member, there is no time for other commitments. If you want to take summer school, do research, or work at an internship, consider the Blue position.

Engineering students: if you are an engineering major and you are exploring internship opportunities, you may want to consider applying for both the Gold and Blue positions since you will not know about your final internship offers until after the Gold process has begun.

How much work is involved?
Working on the New Student & Transition Programs staff requires dedication. The NSA – Gold position has long hours, working early mornings and late evenings on some days. The training during Spring Quarter and the summer is extensive, but it’s designed so that you are prepared for all the counseling situations that you will be exposed to during the sessions. You will be counseling students one-on-one, facilitating group discussions, and giving presentations, and you will need to have a solid knowledge of all the academic rules and regulations at the University, as well as a strong foundation of all the UCLA student services.

What are the benefits of being an NSA – Gold?
There are many benefits of being a New Student Advisor that go beyond the salary and the lodging!

As an NSA – Gold:

  • You are part of a large, close-knit staff that works hard but has fun in the process.
  • You gain tremendous work experience that can be advantageous to you for graduate school or future employment, including:
    • Working as part of a team
    • Developing strong communication skills
    • Creating and presenting workshops
    • Leading discussions
    • Providing academic counseling on technical information
    • You make great friendships
    • You learn about the University, from an academic, extracurricular and student service perspective
    • You learn how to mediate complex and often stressful situations

New Student Advisor Application   Note: Please type your answers directly onto the application. Once you’re done please print it out and drop your application off at our office. If you apply for Blue and Gold positions, please print one application for each position.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Information Meetings
(Optional)

January 17th, 12:00 – 1:00 pm in 2408 Ackerman Union
January 18th, 5:00 – 6:00 pm in 230 Covel Commons
Applications Due
Friday, January 26th – 5:00 pm at 201 Covel Commons

New Student Advisor Application  

Interview Notification Email
NSA – Blues:  Monday, February 5th, 1:00 pm
NSA – Golds:  Monday, February 5th, 1:00 pm
Interviews
February 7th – March 9th
Notification Letters
Monday, March 12th at A316 Murphy Hall

You must respond by Wed. March 14th

First Staff Meeting
Friday, March 16th, 4:30 – 6:00 pm
Spring Training
April 3rd – June 7th

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4:00 – 6:30 pm
(Training is MANDATORY for all staff members)

Blue Team only – Additional day
Saturday, April 21st , 9:00 am – 5:00 pm