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First-Year Experience Leadership Positions

Saint Louis University’s First-Year Experience leaders help students through their transition to college by serving as resources and role models. In addition to serving incoming students and their families, these positions are a great leadership development opportunity for you and are, of course, fun.

2020 FYE Leader Application

SLU 101 Summer Orientation Leaders

SLU 101 leaders are a select group of students who assist incoming freshmen, transfers, and their families during summer orientation. SLU 101 leaders facilitate small group discussions, share information through presentations, assist in the advising and registration process, serve on panels for students or parents/families, coordinate evening activities and much more. Applicants must be available for all training and program dates.

SLU 101 Leader Position Description

Oriflamme Fall Orientation Leaders

Oriflamme Leaders help create a successful Fall Welcome experience for first-year students. Leaders serve as mentors, assist with move-in and lead residence hall floor groups and freshman commuter and new transfer students in activities such as the Spirit Competition and other social and educational activities. They also facilitate peer group discussions and serve as a resource to incoming students. Applicants must be able to attend all aspects of Oriflamme training and Fall Welcome events.

Oriflamme Leader Position Description

University 101 Peer Instructors

University 101 peer instructors serve as student co-instructors with a faculty or staff member teaching “University 101: Enhancing First-Year Success” course (UNIV 1010 ). U101 is a one-hour course that meets for 14 weeks in the fall semester. Peer instructors assist with class preparation and facilitation, read student reflections and provide feedback.

U101 peer instructors also share their experiences at SLU and knowledge of campus resources with new students. The average time commitment is approximately three to five hours per week.

University 101 Peer Instructor Position Description

International Ambassador

International ambassadors help to facilitate a successful international student orientation for spring, summer, and fall semesters by assisting with airport pick-ups, assist with move-in for international students, and leading orientation activities.  International ambassadors build relationships with international students throughout the year through a variety of activities and also serve as conversation partners to English Language Learners.  Applicants must be available for training and program dates and requirements.

International Ambassador Position Description


Transfer Mentors

Transfer mentors connect transfer students to the SLU community through activities and initiatives in the first few weeks of the fall semester. Applicants must be full-time students who transferred to SLU prior to the spring 2020 semester. Transfer Mentors also serve as an Oriflamme Leader and assist with Fall Welcome activities.  

Transfer Mentor Position Description

2020 First-Year Experience Leadership Selection Process

Applications for 2020 First-Year Experience leadership positions begin Nov. 8, 2019. If you are interested in applying, we strongly encourage you to attend an information session for additional information about each position and the selection process.

Information Sessions

  • Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019, at 4 p.m. in Busch Student Center 251
  • Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019, at 5:30 p.m. in Busch Student Center 251
  • Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, at 4 p.m. in Busch Student Center 251
  • Thursday, Jan. 17, 2020, at 5:30 p.m. in Busch Student Center 251

Before you apply, read the above position descriptions carefully. Make sure that you understand the expectations and are available for all training and program dates. This is a general application for all of the outlined FYE leadership roles.  Attending an Info Session will assist in understanding the positions directly from students that have held the positions as well as understand the application and selection process.  You are encouraged to attend an Info Session.

Apply to be a 2020 First-Year Experience Leader

Application Steps:  Complete the online application that includes uploading a one page resume. We encourage you to complete your resume prior to starting the online application.

Interview Process

Group interviews will be held on Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. In your application you will select your group interview time preference, which will be confirmed with you via email a few days before the group interview process. (Candidates applying for the U101 or International Ambassador positions only will not be required to  go through the Group interview process). 

We will primarily look at your communication and interaction skills in the group interview process. After group interviews, we will determine which candidates will be invited to an individual interview with questions more specific to that role.

Application and Interview Timeline

  • Nov. 8, 2019: Application is available 
  • Jan. 17, 2020: Applications are due at 5:00 p.m.
  • Jan. 21, 2020:  Email notifications sent about assigned group interview time
  • Jan. 24, 2020: Group interviews
  • Feb. 3-9, 2020: Individual interviews
  • Feb. 13, 2020: Selection email notifications sent

Early Access for Study Abroad

Students studying abroad in the spring can apply early and take part in a special selection process held in December for Oriflamme Leaders, International Ambassador and Transfer Mentors. (Candidates studying abroad spring 2020 are not eligible to apply for SLU 101 Leader or U101 Peer Instructor.)

Application and Interview Timeline for Study Abroad Students
  • Nov. 8, 2019: Application is available 
  • Nov. 25, 2019: Applications are due at at 5:00 p.m.
  • Dec. 3 and 4, 2019: Individual interviews
  • Feb. 13, 2020: Selection email notifications sent

Questions? Contacts:  Susan Fanale ( and Jackie Weber ( are the points of contact for the FYE Leader Selection Process.