Become a Summer O counselor

Thank you for your interest in becoming a member of the 2021 Racer Nation Orientation Staff.  Orientation Counselors work together to help orient new students to campus, represent the University at important functions both locally and nationally, and develop their own leadership capacities.  Orientation Counselors often become leaders in other areas of campus, in areas ranging from SGA to academic and honors programs. Becoming a member of the Racer Nation Orientation Staff is extremely competitive but is also a valuable way to develop life-long skills and represent Murray State University.

How will the Student Orientation Staff benefit me as a student at Murray State?

Making connections throughout the University is critical for your success as a student. As an Orientation Counselor, you will have the opportunity to make and enhance connections with faculty, staff, and a variety of students from the Murray State community. In addition, you benefit from learning detailed information about University services and programs. Finally, you will be participating in an intense leadership learning experience. If selected, your time on staff will ask you to develop and strengthen your understanding of working in a team environment and develop your ability to be a great future employee.

How will the Orientation Counselor Experience benefit me after graduation?

The Orientation Counselor experience will be intentionally designed to enhance your abilities to work in a team environment and develop skills needed in the workplace.  Counselors will develop skills in group problem solving, conflict resolution, interpersonal communication, multicultural understanding, and team building. This experience also provides you with the unique opportunity to mentor new students. Throughout the year, you will have opportunities to use your skills in hands-on situations, thus providing experiences upon which future employers look favorably.

Become a member 

Becoming a member of the Orientation Staff is extremely competitive. We seek to put together a diverse staff, full of various experiences, backgrounds, strengths, and challenges. We encourage all interested students to apply for these prestigious leadership positions on our campus. Please carefully read the information and follow all directions.

1. Attend an Interest Session via ZOOM (Must Register)

  • Tuesday, September 8, 2020 @ 11:00 AM  
  • Thursday, September 10, 2020 @ 3:00 PM 
  • Monday, September 14, 2020 @ 10:00 AM 
  • Wednesday, September 16, 2020 @ 3:00 PM 
  • Friday, September 18, 2020 @ 2:00 PM 

2. Complete an online application and recommendation letter

  • September 28 - Application will go LIVE!
  • October 9 @ 4:30 PM - Application Deadline

 *All applicants will be contacted via email for their group interview day after submitting application online and recommendation is received.

3. Sign up for a group interview within the Office of Recruitment

  • October 13 @ 6:00 PM (Location: TBA) 
  • October 14 @ 6:00 PM (Location: TBA)

(Must have attended an Interest Session to apply to be an Orientation Counselor)

4. Sign up for an individual interview within the Office of Recruitment

  • Individual interviews will take place within the week of October 26th - Oct 30th, 2020
  • Find out if you have been selected as a 2021 Orientation Counselor!
  • Selections will be made and individuals will be notified the week of November 9th - 13th, 2020


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