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2023 Orientation Assistants group photo

Become an Orientation Assistant!

Orientation assistants (OAs) help new students adjust to life at SUNY Cortland. OAs are knowledgeable about the campus, act as role models, are leaders, and serve as representatives of SUNY Cortland.

OA Time Commitment

Early June through the end of July 2024 (including some weekends with a weekend at Raquette Lake)

Orientation sessions will consist of one-day in-person and virtual sessions and two-day (overnight) in-person sessions.

Responsibilities and Expectations

  • Participate in OA training on college policies, education requirements and services, team building and leadership development
  • Assist in the preparation of Orientation activities and materials
  • Facilitate large and small group discussions on college life, academics and degree requirements for graduation
  • Participate in Cortland Nites for students staying in the residence halls during overnight sessions
  • Help new students and family members feel comfortable by being responsive to and aware of their needs and concerns
  • Assist new students with the registration and scheduling process
  • Build working relationships with other OAs, faculty, staff and administrators on campus
  • Maintain a positive attitude toward SUNY Cortland
  • The Orientation Assistant position is the primary position during this time (you are not enrolled in summer session classes or have additional employment)


  • $3,300 stipend
  • Room on campus
  • Meals during designated program times
  • Develop leadership skills
  • Build relationships with peers, faculty and staff

Hiring Criteria

  • SUNY Cortland undergraduate student attending Cortland in the Fall 2024
  • Good academic standing with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 (2.5 preferred)
  • Evidence of academic excellence and co-curricular involvement
  • Ability to maintain a positive and flexible attitude
  • Desire to work with students, faculty and staff

Application Process

  1. Complete application on the Cortland jobs website.
  2. Email the link for the recommendation forms to your two faculty/staff recommendations. Recommendations must be submitted online in order for the application to be complete.
  3. Attend your group interview at the end of March.
  4. Attend your individual interview during the week of March 25. Specific date, time and location will be emailed to you.
  5. Check your mailbox for your decision the letter in early April.

Application will open in Mid January
Application deadline: March 8, 2024

Contact Greg Diller at gregory.diller@cortland.edu.

Administrative Coordinator Applications Available

The administrative coordinator (AC) plays a vital role in helping the Advisement and Transition staff meet the administrative needs of our Orientation program by spending significant time in the office preparing for each session by printing lists, gathering supplies and organizing materials.
AC Time Commitment: June 11, 2024 - July 31, 2024
Application Deadline: February 23, 2024
Apply for the Administrative Coordinator position

Program Assistant Applications Available

The program assistant (PA) works closely with the Advisement and Transition staff in completing various tasks related to the implementation and running of the Orientation program, especially concerning evening programming.
Students applying must be graduating in May 2024 or have already graduated.
PA Time Commitment: June 4, 2024 - July 31, 2024
Application deadline: February 23, 2024
Apply for the Program Assistant position

NODA Intern/Orientation Assistant Supervisor

Join our Orientation Team as a NODA Intern/Orientation Assistant Supervisor.
Internship information and description available on the NODA website.
See what former NODA Interns have to say about their experience.
Learn more

Advisement and Transition
Memorial Library, Room A-111

Phone: 607-753-4726

Fax: 607-753-5593
8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Monday - Friday