Welcome new students to the University of Pittsburgh as a New Student Ambassador!
Do you want to help new students find their place at Pitt? Join New Student Programs as a New Student Ambassador to help welcome, guide, and support students through their first year on campus.
A student’s first experience of a campus and the initial connections they make are crucial to their academic, social, and personal success at Pitt. NSAs support new students on campus through their involvement with summer events like Panther Connect, Welcome Week, and events planned and hosted throughout the academic year.
What makes a successful New Student Ambassador?
A successful NSA is a student passionate about their Pitt experience and interested in welcoming new students to the campus so they can find their own success. As an NSA, you’ll play a critical role in helping students find social, educational, and personal connections to the University while gaining valuable skills in leadership, teamwork, role modeling, public speaking, event planning, problem-solving, and communication. Becoming a New Student Ambassador is a great opportunity for students looking for skills they can take with them after graduation while supporting their fellow Panthers.
What will I do as a New Student Ambassador?
New Student Ambassadors are critical members of the New Student Programs team as we help orient new students to Pitt. Over the summer, NSAs will not only work with a team of their peers to plan large-scale events for Welcome Week 2023, but they will also participate in Panther Connect, a two-day overnight retreat for incoming students, by leading student groups through various activities and events designed to introduce them to life at Pitt. During the academic school year, Full-time NSAs will continue to support students by planning events that support a student’s transition after Welcome Week concludes.
New Student Ambassador Job Qualifications
Students who wish to be considered for the NSA role must fulfill the following qualifications:
- Full-time undergraduate enrollment at the University of Pittsburgh for Fall 2022 – Spring 2023
- Good academic and disciplinary standing at the time of application and throughout the duration of employment
- Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher at the time of application and throughout the duration of employment
- Have completed at least one full semester of University of Pittsburgh enrollment at the time of application
- Able to live on campus or in the Oakland area during the summer of 2023
- Positive attitude, high-level energy, knowledge and enthusiasm for Pitt
- Exhibit good teamwork, communication, and interpersonal skills
- Demonstrate respect for the diverse Pitt community and show a desire to work well with a diverse group of students, staff, faculty, new students and their family members
- Demonstrate the ability to problem solve, take initiative, and manage conflict
- Have a working knowledge of University resources
- Agree to abide by all University policies and civic laws.
Two Ways to Join!
Full-Time NSA: 10 NSAs will have the opportunity to remain employed throughout the academic year. As a Full-Time NSA you will be required to attend weekly office hours, plan and implement yearly programming as part of a committee led by a Student Director, and assist with additional New Student Program initiatives.
Part-Time NSA: 25 NSAs will work with the Office of New Student Programs to host two signature onboarding programs; Four in-person and one virtual Panther Connect session in June and July & Fall 2023 Welcome Week, August 21-27.
New Student Ambassador Compensation
All Full-Time NSAs will receive $300 in Panther Funds awarded in May, September, and January.
All Part-Time NSAs will receive $300 in Panther Funds awarded in May
First-year NSAs will receive a monthly stipend of $515 from May through August, and $155 from September through April for a total salary of $3300.
NSAs returning for a second or third year on the team will receive an elevated compensation of a $645 monthly stipend from May through August, and $206 monthly stipend from September through April for a total salary of $4224.
Student Directors will receive a monthly stipend of $773 from May through August, and $258 from September through April for a total salary of $5156.
All New Student Ambassadors will be provided on-campus housing during the summer as these students help plan and facilitate Panther Connect sessions and Fall Semester Welcome Week.
*Only Full-Time NSAs will receive monthly stipends September through April*
*Part-Time NSAs will only receive monthly stipends from May through August*
Looking for more information about the NSA role? Review our full job descriptions:
Ready to make your mark? Applications open on January 13th!
NSA Selection Process – What to expect!
Application | All NSA candidates must complete an online application by Friday, February 10 at 11:59 pm. Applications will be reviewed by NSP professional staff, and candidates meeting job qualifications will be contacted to schedule in-person interviews.
Returning NSAs | Applications must e submitted by Friday, January 20. Returning NSA interviews will be completed from Thursday, January 26 through Wednesday, February 1.
Interview (Pending Invitation) | If you are selected to continue past the online application portion of the selection process, you will be contacted via e-mail to schedule a 30-minute interview from Monday, February 20 – Wednesday, March 1. Interviews will be conducted by NSP professional staff members and current NSA staff members. The interview process is designed to provide more detailed insight into your interpersonal skills, qualifications, and understanding of the NSA role.
Group Interview (New NSA candidates only) | New NSA candidates invited to an in-person interview will also participate in a group interview Thursday, March 2, from 2-5 pm. During these group interviews, candidates will be paired with other NSA candidates and work as a group to complete two different activities. The group interview process is designed to allow candidates to showcase their interpersonal skills while working as a part of a team to solve problems and meet common goals.
Have more questions?
Contact the New Student Programs office at 412-648-2172 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org