University of Wisconsin–Madison
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The Center for the First-Year Experience hires over 100 student employees each year for paid internship and staff positions. Student employees can expect to gain valuable leadership skills, improve communication and facilitation skills, and have fun representing UW-Madison to incoming students.

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New Student Leaders

(20 positions, $10.50/hr)

This position of New Student Leader (NSL) can reward you with experiences and skills that will enhance your career and personal development.  Each NSL plays a critical role in the success of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s First Year Experience, including Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration (SOAR) and Wisconsin Welcome.

View the full job description herePlease apply by noon on December 15, 2017. 

Orientation Assistants

(8 positions, $10.50/hr)

An Orientation Assistant (OA) communicates pre-SOAR information with students and guests and manages daily SOAR operations to keep the program running. SOAR welcomes more than 15,000 students and family members over the course of the summer, and OAs are the “stage managers” that make that process run smoothly. They work both throughout the spring semester and across more than 30 summer SOAR sessions. SOAR is a marathon; not a sprint!

Orientation Assistants work hard year ‘round as part of a nine-member student staff team. They help students and families navigate the SOAR registration system; answer questions about campus; independently run a summer operations office; and keep the program functioning smoothly. As an OA, you become a SOAR expert for families—building your social skills through phone conversations and e-mail correspondence—and put a face to the people you’ve communicated with when they arrive at SOAR. You learn how campus “produces” such a large program and assist with the setup and logistics—plus, you have a “backstage pass” to the Union loading dock! After all, you can’t spell SOAR without “OA!”

View the full job description here. Please apply by noon on December 15, 2017.

Transfer Ambassadors

(4 positions, $10.50/hr)

The Center for the First-Year Experience (CFYE) invites former transfer students to serve as Transfer Ambassadors (TAs).  Transfer Ambassadors must be available to work up to ten hours per week during the academic year, and days/times are variable and flexible. Transfer Ambassadors also help staff the Transfer SOAR sessions during summer and winter breaks. They will work with the Transfer Transition Advisor and Transfer Transition Intern to create and facilitate programming to assist the transfer student transition to the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Transfer Ambassadors will be selected based on ability to work well independently and with others, communicate effectively, and serve as a positive role model on behalf of UW-Madison.  They must display creativity, public relations skills, a high level of professionalism, inclusivity, and maturity of judgment.  Additionally, they must demonstrate patience, flexibility, strong organizational skills, positive attitude, strong work ethic, eagerness to learn, and a commitment to the Transfer Transition Program.

View the full job description here. Please apply by noon on December 15, 2017. 

The leadership, interpersonal, and organizational skills I gained helped me to land my first job and transition into my career.

Elora, 2014 CFYE Intern

Positions Opening in the Future

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Our Wisconsin Peer Facilitators

The Our Wisconsin program hires and trains students to serve as peer facilitators through helping lead inclusivity workshops for incoming students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Student applicants must have baseline knowledge about diversity, social justice, and/or inclusion and commitment to positively impacting campus climate at UW-Madison.

Workshops will begin in late August and run through September of 2018. Curriculum will be provided, and facilitators will be trained on all aspects of facilitation. For more details email

Applications for 2018-19 positions will open February 1, 2018. 

Undergraduate Teaching Fellows

The Center for the First-Year Experience is seeking dedicated undergraduate students to serve as Undergraduate Teaching Fellows for Counseling Psychology 125: A Wisconsin Experience Seminar.

The Wisconsin Experience Seminar (Coun Psy 125) is a one-credit (75 min/wk., 15 wk.) first-year seminar open to all new students (freshman and transfer) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. It is co-taught by a University faculty or staff member and an Undergraduate Teaching Fellow in an active, discussion-driven, and community-oriented learning environment. Class size is capped at 20 students.

This small, interactive course is designed to help new students transition successfully to academic and student life at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Students will explore campus resources and opportunities; their skills, identity, interests, and goals; and the history and purpose of UW-Madison to help them make the most of their Wisconsin experience. A sample syllabus for the Wisconsin Experience Seminar can be found here.

Applications for 2018-19 positions will open February 1, 2018. 

Intern positions for Academic Engagement and Our Wisconsin will open in the Spring semester of 2018.