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Whether you are a student, staff, or faculty member, if you’re interested in volunteering for New Student Orientation, we are looking for you!

Student Orientation LeaderAs a New Student Orientation Leader, you will be part of a highly functional team dedicated to the success of incoming students. This is a great opportunity for you to refine your leadership skills and meet other fantastic Mount Royal students. There are a variety of roles that you can select based on your interests and strengths.Why become an orientation leader?

Participating as an orientation leader is a great way to get involved with campus and meet some new friends! You will help new students start their journey by providing useful information and welcoming them to our campus. 

Roles There are several roles that make up the orientation leader experience. Each role will help you develop different skills and strengths, so review the descriptions carefully and select the role(s) you are interested in when signing up. You can hold multiple roles during Orientation unless otherwise stated.


In this role, you will co-present to a group of up to 300 students on important transitional information to help first-year students succeed. If you are a confident public speaker and enjoy working in teams, this position is a great opportunity for you. You will be trained to deliver a presentation on the first six weeks of classes with content including:

  • Campus services
  • Campus events  
  • Classroom etiquette
Key skills: Public speaking, teamwork, dynamic presenter
Time with students: medium - high
Training required: two full days  

In this role, you will be representing your program/faculty within student groups and serve as a point of contact throughout the day. You will also participate in all faculty related activities including program orientation and any faculty competitions. Your role is to connect with new students in your program, encourage dialogue and facilitate icebreakers.

Key skills: Friendly attitude, willingness to engage, comfortable in larger to medium size groups
Time with students: high
Training required: one day

The production team is responsible for supporting the event execution of Orientation. You will support with set-up and take down of events including the Welcome Ceremony, Brain Pop, lunches and the carnival. You may be asked to set-up equipment and put up communication materials which can be fairly physical. You will be supporting the NSO team logistically and begin to understand some of the complex details required to manage a large scale event.  

Key skills: Willingness to participate, strong problem-solving skills, ability to multi-task
Time with students: low
Training required: two full days

The purpose of the media team is to capture the spirit of New Student Orientation. During NSO events, you may interview students, attend all high-impact events and develop content to be used by the Orientation team for promotion. We are looking for students with a passion and experience with the following:

  • Photography

  • Videography

  • Social Media

TrainingThe training provided will help develop your personal and professional skills around diversity, team development and event execution. Training is a great way to connect with other leaders on campus and explore Mount Royal through a different lens. Training days are August 30 and 31 depending on your role and more details will be shared if you are selected.   




Email orientation@mtroyal.ca if you have any questions!

What previous leaders said about their experience!

The training was really good. I learned more things about the resources that the students could use to be successful in their studies.

NSO Student Volunteer


Being an NSO Student Leader gave me the opportunity to not only make tons of new friends, but also to get to better know MRU thanks to the training provided. It gave me the skills to be a great leader and the opportunity to be part of something bigger, the MRU community. Volunteering for NSO definitely made me love MRU even more!

NSO Student Volunteer

Play your part. Be a staff or faculty volunteer.Every area on campus has the opportunity to participate in New Student Orientation to ensure that our new students are well prepared. Without the participation of our faculty and staff, New Student Orientation cannot achieve its premier status and create the exceptional learning experiences for a world of possibilities that Mount Royal University is known for.