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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.

2021 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 small groups of first-year students in discussions and activities along with other social and educational activities. They also support first-year students in the transition process 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. 

At this time, the U101 program is unsure if they will need to hire additional peer instructors for fall 2021.  However, all questions or interest in the position can be directed to Kelly Herbolich, director of academic support, at

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.

At this time, the international ambassador position will not collect applications until later in the 2021 spring semester. Interested students can contact Office of International Services during the spring.

Transfer Mentors

Transfer mentors connect transfer students to the SLU community through activities and initiatives in the first couple weeks of the fall semester. Applicants must be full-time students who transferred to SLU prior to the spring 2021 semester. Transfer mentors also serve as an Oriflamme leader and assist with Fall Welcome activities. Interested students should select the Oriflamme leader position on the FYE leader application if interested in serving new transfer students as a transfer mentor.

2021 First-Year Experience Leadership Selection Process

Applications for 2021 First-Year Experience leadership positions are open now. 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. 17, 2020, at 5:30 p.m. Central Time via Zoom
  • Monday, Nov. 23, 2020, at 4 p.m. Central Time via Zoom
  • Monday, Dec. 7, 2020, at 3 p.m. Central Time via Zoom
  • Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021, at 3 p.m. Central Time via Zoom
  • Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, at 4 p.m. Central Time via Zoom

To attend an FYE info session, please RSVP by completing this short sign up form to receive the Zoom link.

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 2021 First-Year Experience Leader

Application Steps

Complete the online application that includes responding to two short essay questions. Please make sure you submit by the deadline; no late applications will be accepted.  The application will close at 5 p.m. Central Time on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021.

Interview Process

Group interviews will be held on Thursday, Jan. 21 and Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021. In your application you will select your group interview day and time preferences, which will be confirmed with you via email a few days before the group interview process.  The group interviews will be hosted via Zoom. 

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. 11, 2020: Application is available 
  • Jan. 15, 2021: Applications are due at 5:00 p.m. Central Time
  • Jan. 20, 2021:  Email notifications sent about assigned group interview time
  • Jan. 21 and Jan. 23, 2021: Group interviews
  • Feb. 3-11, 2021: Individual interviews
  • Feb. 19, 2021: Selection email notifications sent

Considerations for Students Studying Abroad

Students studying abroad in the spring will follow the same selection timeline this year since we are conducting all interviews via Zoom. 

Questions? Contact Susan Fanale (