8 Student Leadership Opportunities You Can Apply For This Term

As a former student leader at UBC, my time at university was so fulfilling because of the people I met and the work I did. My 4 years in school helped me build an extracurricular resume that landed me some pretty cool jobs after graduation.

Like many students, I found it very difficult to meet friends and build a social life on campus when I started at UBC. I was a student from the suburbs and didn’t experience residence life like many of my friends did – there was no Collegia then! At the start of the second term of my freshman year, I knew I had to work harder to expand my social circle and do something fun on campus. I found out about UBC Rec involvement opportunities through a classmate, applied, and the rest is history.

I worked as a student volunteer with UBC Rec for 3 years at UBC. The connections I made with other students and the experiences I had quickly became my favorite part of being a student at UBC. I just wish I had gotten involved sooner!

Many of my new friends also worked as guidance leaders or residential counselors, and the communities we were part of were some of the most welcoming, inclusive, and passionate groups I have ever seen. To this day, I tell everyone I know who is studying at UBC that they need to find a way to get involved and jump in feet first.

But before you take the leap, you need to figure out which opportunity is right for you. No two student leadership jobs are the same, so find out below how they vary in length, pay, level of commitment, and more.

Guidance

Jump Start Orientation Leaders

Length: Short term
Compensation: Paid
Season: August September
Commitment: Full time for 2 weeks
Open applications: Now – January 16, 2022

Help introduce new students to UBC during their Jump Start orientation week. You will organize events, build community and create a welcoming, fun and safe atmosphere on campus. The Jump Start team provides a supportive environment for you to discover your leadership style alongside dedicated staff and peers.

Imagine Senior Guidance Leaders

Length: Short term
Compensation: Volunteer
Season: spring and summer
Commitment: Part-time throughout Spring and Summer until September 7, 2022
Open applications: February 7 – March 6, 2022

Senior Orientation Leaders play an important role in Imagine UBC by guiding Orientation Leaders (LOs). Senior Orientation Officers help select Orientation Officers and contribute to their training and development. Each faculty recruits a certain number of senior LOs, depending on the size of the faculty. If you have been OL before or have some leadership experience, becoming OL senior is the next step.

Imagine Guidance Leaders

Length: Short term
Compensation: Volunteer
Season: summer
Commitment: A few days all summer until September 7, 2022
Open applications: April 21 – May 8, 2022 and second-round hire in late spring

Imagine UBC is a campus-wide welcome and orientation service for new and returning students. Orientation Leaders (OLs) guide a small group of new students to their faculty through their Imagine UBC experience, help foster a sense of community, and prepare them to learn at UBC. You will be part of a dynamic and passionate team!

University of British Columbia

Collegial Advisors

Length: Long term
Compensation: Paid
Season: Academic year
Commitment: Part-time for the academic year
Open applications: Now – January 16, 2022

As a Collegia Advisor, you will help provide commuter students and/or Indigenous students with inclusive housing on campus during the winter term. If you already have a little leadership experience and are passionate about building community throughout the school year, working with the Collegia team might be right for you.

Residence life

Resident Advisors (RA)

Length: Long term
Compensation: Paid
Season: Academic year
Commitment: Significant part-time commitment during the academic year with a two-week full-time orientation in August. Learn more about engagement through the application process.
Open applications: Now – January 21, 2022

Whether you have lived in residence or not, you probably know what a Residence Counselor (RA) is. Being an RA might be the right person for you if you want to help build a community of respectful, fun, and supportive students living in on-campus housing. But you don’t need to have lived in residence to apply. All UBC students are welcome to apply. Since this is a home-based position, working as an RA is a slightly higher commitment than other student leader jobs, but it offers many rewards – you’ll be part of a huge campus community, after all !

UBC Intramurals

UBC Intramural Assistant Directors

Length: Long term
Compensation: Volunteer
Season: Academic year
Commitment: 8-12 hours per week
Open applications: February 1, 2022

For more than 50 years, Intramurals staff have passionately volunteered their time and organized some of UBC’s most iconic events, leagues and marketing initiatives. As a vice principal, you can bring your enthusiasm, passion, and leadership skills to one of the most immersive student experiences on campus. You don’t need previous student leadership experience to apply – just a positive attitude and the ability to work hard and play hard!

UBC Intramural Directors

Length: Long term
Compensation: Volunteer
Season: Academic year
Commitment: 8-12+ hours per week
Open applications: Check the website for more details to come

Intramural team managers work in the leagues, events, or marketing sectors and lead a team of assistant managers to enhance the student experience through recreation and athletics. To apply, you must have some student leadership experience or have worked with UBC Recreation before. As with other student leadership positions, you get what you put into it. Don’t be surprised if Intramurals becomes a big part of your UBC experience!

Peer programs

Peer Program Leaders

Length: Long term
Compensation: Volunteer
Season: Academic year
Commitment: About 5 to 8 hours per week; varies by program
Open applications: March 31 – May 15, 2022

Join peer programs and support your peers while developing valuable professional skills. You can apply to be a leader in programs such as Arts Peer Academic Coaches (APAC), SCI Team, Career Peer Coaches, Peer Health Educators, and more. As a Peer Leader, you will join a community of people who want to help others, while making the greater UBC community a better place to learn and grow. You will also be supervised by UBC staff and develop skills in communication, organization, event planning and coaching.

There are so many other campus opportunities to get involved with beyond this list. Go through your options and start planning what you want to apply for this term.