Orientation Advisors are the heart of the on-campus orientation program, assisting new students and their guests in their transition to USC.

In addition to experiencing the excitement of introducing new students to the Trojan Family, Orientation Advisors expand their resume by working as part of a team of student leaders and building strong leadership and communication skills.

All undergraduate students are encouraged to apply to be an Orientation Advisor. We look for students in all class levels and from all majors.


The application period for 2019-2020 has ended.  Please fill out the interest form to receive information when we are hiring again.

Key Dates

Hiring Process 2019-2020

  • Applications Close: October 4 at 11:59 PM
  • First Round Interviews: October 8-16
  • Second Round Interviews: October 29-November 2
  • Final Round Interviews: November 6-9
  • Offers Finalized: November 28

Commitments for 2019-2020

  • Spring Semester Training: Fridays, 2:00-4:30 p.m., February 1-April 12
  • Summer Training: May 22-June 5
  • Summer Orientation: June 6-August 20
  • Welcome Week: August 21-29
  • Winter Orientation: December 9-10, January 7-9
  • Spring Welcome Week: January 10-16

Off-Campus Orientation Leaders support the off-campus orientation programs by assisting with check-in, mingling with guests, and supporting students and academic advisors with course registration.

Off-Campus Orientation Leaders are USC undergraduate students who will be in the area of our off-campus orientations during the summer. We are looking for students from all majors.


The application period for Off-Campus Orientation Leaders has closed. Please fill out the interest form to be notified when applications are available for summer 2019!

Key Dates 2018

Hiring Process

  • Applications Close: March 9, 2018
  • Group Interviews: March 20-23, 2018
  • Offers Finalized: March 30, 2018

Commitments for Summer 2018

  • Training:
    • April 20,  1:00-5:00 p.m.
    • April 27,  1:00-5:00 p.m.
  • Event date from approximately 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Event Dates & Locations

  • Beijing, China: Tuesday, June 12, 2018
  • Shanghai, China: Thursday, June 14, 2018
  • Hong Kong: Saturday, June 16, 2018

The Front Desk staff serves as the front line for the Office of Orientation Programs. Front Desk student staff are responsible for answering telephones, greeting guests and responding to questions regarding orientation and USC. Our Front Desk staff has the responsibility of working with the University community as well as students and parents from all over the world.

Front Desk staff work part-time based on their availability during the academic year during regular business hours (Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m to 5:00 p.m.). There are also opportunities to work full-time in the summer if you will be staying in Los Angeles.

Priority is given to applicants with work study but work study is not required.

We are not currently accepting applications for the Front Desk.

Graduate Assistants

Graduate Assistants are para-professional staff who assist the Orientation professional staff in a variety of aspects, including Orientation Advisor training, program development and execution, and assessment and evaluation. Graduate Assistants are typically students from Rossier School of Education Master’s programs. The application and interview process is conducted through the Rossier Preview Day and interested candidates should submit their resume through the Rossier Student Jobs portal.

Graduate Fieldwork

Current USC graduate students interested in fieldwork with the Office of Orientation Programs should contact Christine D’Arcy to discuss fieldwork opportunities.