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January 6, 2022
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8 student leadership opportunities you can apply for this term

As a former student leader at UBC, my time at university was so fulfilling because of the people I met and the work I accomplished. My 4 years at school helped me build a resume of extracurriculars that landed me some pretty cool jobs after graduation. 

Like many students, I found it really tough to meet friends and build a social life on campus when I started at UBC. I was a commuter student and didn’t get the residence life experience like many of my friends did—there was no Collegia back then! At the beginning of Term 2 in my first year, I knew I needed to work harder to expand my social circle and actually do something fun on campus. I found out about UBC Rec’s involvement opportunities through a classmate, applied, and the rest is history.

I worked as a student volunteer with UBC Rec for 3 years while at UBC. The connections I made with other students and the experiences I had quickly became my favourite part about being a UBC student—I only wished I got involved sooner!

Many of my new friends also worked as Orientation Leaders or Residence Advisors, and the communities we were a part of were some of the most welcoming, inclusive, and passionate groups I’ve ever seen. Still to this day, I tell everyone I know who studies at UBC that they need to find a way to get involved and jump in feet first.

But before you take the leap, you need to figure out which opportunity is right for you. No two student leadership jobs are the same, so check out how they vary in length, compensation, commitment level, and more, below.

Orientations

Jump Start Orientation Leaders

Length: Short term
Compensation: Paid
Season: August - September
Commitment: Full-time for 2 weeks
Applications open: Now - January 16, 2022

Help introduce new students to UBC during their week-long Jump Start orientation. You’ll execute events, build a community, and create a welcoming, fun, and safe atmosphere on campus. The Jump Start team offers a supportive environment for you to discover your leadership style alongside dedicated staff and peers.

Imagine Senior Orientation Leaders

Length: Short term
Compensation: Volunteer
Season: Spring and summer
Commitment: Part-time throughout spring and summer until September 7, 2022
Applications open: February 7 - March 6, 2022

The Senior Orientation Leaders play an important role in Imagine UBC by guiding Orientation Leaders (OLs). Senior Orientation Leaders help select Orientation Leaders and contribute to their training and development. Each faculty recruits a number of Senior OLs, depending on the faculty’s size. If you’ve been an OL before or have some leadership experience, being a Senior OL is the next step up. 

Imagine Orientation Leaders

Length: Short term
Compensation: Volunteer
Season: Summer
Commitment: A few days throughout summer until September 7, 2022
Applications open: April 21 - May 8, 2022 and second-round hiring in late spring

Imagine UBC is a campus-wide welcome and orientation for new and returning students. Orientation Leaders (OLs) guide a small group of new students from their faculty through their Imagine UBC experience, help foster a sense of community, and prepare them for learning at UBC. You’ll be part of a vibrant and passionate team!

UBC Collegia

Collegia Advisors

Length: Long term
Compensation: Paid
Season: Academic year
Commitment: Part-time for the academic year
Applications open: Now - January 16, 2022

As a Collegia Advisor, you’ll help provide commuter students and/or Indigenous students with an inclusive home on campus during the winter session. If you already have a little leadership experience and are passionate about community-building throughout the school year, working with the Collegia team could be the right fit for you.

Residence Life

Residence Advisors (RAs)

Length: Long term
Compensation: Paid
Season: Academic year
Commitment: Significant part-time commitment during the academic year with a full-time, two-week orientation in August. Learn more about the commitment through the application process.
Applications open: Now - January 21, 2022

Whether you have lived in residence or not, you are probably familiar with what a Residence Advisor (RA) is. Being an RA might be the right fit for you if you want to help build a respectful, fun, and supportive community of students living in campus housing. But you do not need to have lived in residence to apply. All UBC students are welcome to apply. Since it’s a live-in position, working as an RA is a slightly bigger commitment than other student leader jobs, but it does offer a lot of rewards—you’ll be part of a huge campus community, after all!

UBC Intramurals

UBC Intramurals Assistant Directors

Length: Long term
Compensation: Volunteer
Season: Academic year
Commitment: 8-12 hours per week 
Applications open: February 1, 2022 

For over 50 years, Intramurals staff have passionately volunteered their time and delivered some of UBC’s most iconic events, leagues, and marketing initiatives. As an Assistant Director, you can bring your enthusiasm, passion, and leadership skills to one of the most immersive student experiences on campus. You don’t need previous student leadership experience to apply—just a can-do attitude and the ability to work hard and play hard! 

UBC Intramurals Directors

Length: Long term
Compensation: Volunteer
Season: Academic year
Commitment: 8-12+ hours per week
Applications open: Check the website for details coming soon

Directors with the Intramural team work in either the leagues, events, or marketing sectors and lead a team of Assistant Directors to enhance the student experience through recreation and sport. To apply, you should have some student leadership experience or have worked with UBC Recreation before. Like with other student leader positions, you get out what you put into it. Don’t be surprised if Intramurals becomes a big part of your UBC experience!

Peer Programs

Peer Program Leaders

Length: Long term
Compensation: Volunteer
Season: Academic year
Commitment: About 5-8 hours per week; varies by program
Applications open: March 31 - May 15, 2022

Join Peer Programs and support your peers while building valuable career skills. You can apply to be a leader in programs like Arts Peer Academic Coaches (APAC), SCI Team, Career Peer Coaches, Peer Health Educators, and more. As a Peer Leader, you'll join a community of individuals who want to help others—all while making the greater UBC community a better place to learn and grow. You’ll also be supervised by UBC staff and build communication, organization, event planning, and coaching skills.

There are so many more campus opportunities to get involved in beyond this list. Browse your options and start planning what you want to apply for this term.