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John Muir College recruits enthusiastic and eager students to serve in various positions to provide new, incoming students and their families with a worthwhile experience during the New Student Orientation Programs. Often serving as a new student's first point of contact, our Orientation Leaders and Orientation Interns lay the foundation for student success and welcome new students and their families to the John Muir College community while gaining valuable leadership skills.

 Benefits of being a part of the Muir College Orientation Team:

  • Develop/build skills in public speaking and group facilitation
  • Learn more about the history and traditions of Muir College and UC San Diego
  • Build relationships with other student leaders and Muir College staff
  • Develop/build transferable skills in the areas of time and project management, conflict resolution, diversity and social justice education, and problem solving that you can take with you to other positions on campus and all other future endeavors!

Any student who is currently enrolled at UC San Diego is eligible to apply and we strongly encourage Commuter and Transfer students to apply for these positions as well!

Orientation Intern

Muir Orientation Interns work closely with our professional staff throughout the year on orientation logistics (correspondences, trainings, program structure, etc.) and play a major role in our communication with students and families about the Muir College Orientation Program. Applicants for this position should be creative and have strong administrative and organizational skills. The Orientation Interns assist with various aspects of OL training and the Orientation Program.


Orientation Leader

Muir College Orientation Leaders (OLs) help to create the first impression of Muir College to our new students (First Years and Transfers) and their families. Muir College Orientation Leaders serve as role models to our new students while introducing them to campus and helping them transition into the academic year eager to engage in and contribute to the Muir College and UC San Diego communities. 


Application and Interview Information

The hiring timeline is as follows:

Orientation Intern position: Applications open during fall quarter with an anticipated start date of early winter quarter. The position runs through fall quarter. We encourage those interested to read the Muir College Orientation Intern job description before considering applying.

Orientation Leader position: The Orientation Leader application opens yearly in late November or early December. The position runs from spring quarter to late fall quarter. Interested students are encouraged to read the Muir College Orientation Leader job description before considering applying.


Questions: Please contact with any questions regarding the above positions, timelines, or the application process.


Orientation Training and Program Support Timeline

Orientation Staff Training and Program Support Timeline

To be eligible to work as part of the orientation team, you must be available to work the following general timeframe:

  • Winter Orientation Intern Training
    • Mid-January to early February before interviewing begins for Orientation Leaders.
  • Triton Days
    • Dates and times are determined by Enrollment Services. In-person, hybrid, or virtual format pending.
    • Triton Day (Orientation Interns and Orientation Leaders, if hired)
  • Spring Training
    • Spring training for all Orientation Leaders and Interns will be held starting in May.
    • Trainings may be held virtually for Orientation Leaders throughout the summer as needed (June through August). 
  • Fall Orientation Staff Training
    • Fall Orientation Leader Training will take place in September. Staff are typically asked to keep the Tuesday after Labor Day through the first orientation session date open for training purposes. In-person, hybrid, or virtual format pending.
  • Orientation and Transition Programming
    • September Orientation In-Person Experience will occur in mid to late September. (All orientation team members will assist with this event). Orientation and transition programming will also include Muir College Welcome Week activities, cultural conversations, and additional fall quarter experiences. In-person, hybrid, or virtual format pending.

For questions, please email