Getting involved in a leadership capacity on campus can tremendously impact your student experience at UVM (and job prospects in the future). From taking on a position in an SGA-recognized club or organization, becoming an resident advisor, or leading admissions tours - our campus is rife with opportunities that can help you develop skills while working with other students in exciting, experiential, and sometimes non-traditional ways. 

Getting Involved with Leadership:

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Share your experiences and love of UVM with prospective students and their families. From providing campus tours to social media outreach, the Catamounts of tomorrow want to hear from you.

Application Timeframe: Spring Semester (February)
Department: Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Job Type: Non-Work Study
Pay: Hourly
Contact: Jay LaShombe;

How to Apply: Learn more about being an AdvoCat →

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Help prepare for big events, learn state-of-the-art audio and technical equipment, gain major management experience in one of the busiest buildings in the state, or simply help folks navigate their way around our campus — UVM's student center is powered by student leaders inside and out.

Application Timeline:  Mid-Spring Semester (March)
Department: University Event Services; Davis Center
Job Type: Non-Work Study
Pay: Hourly

How to Apply: Learn More about working in the Davis Center →

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The OL Summer Internship is an opportunity to help welcome new students and their families to UVM, spend the summer in Burlington, create long-lasting connections and relationships with other student leaders, staff, and faculty, and engage in various activities around leadership and social justice. It is a paid summer internship that provides housing, meals, and orientation swag.

Application Timeline: Late Fall / Early Spring Semester (Early November - Mid-January); Interviews in February; Decisions Made before Spring Break
Department: Orientation & New Student Programs
Job Type: Non-Work Study
Pay: Stipend

How to Apply: Learn more about being an Orientation Leader →

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The Advising Center’s mission is to connect with students on a peer to peer level, help students get connected to resources around campus and in Burlington, and coach students into taking ownership of their UVM experience so they can make the most out of their time here.

Application Timeline:  January - March for Fall Start
Department: The Advising Center
Pay: Stipend $350/semester
Contact: Isora Lithgow -

How to Apply: Learn More about becoming a Peer Advisor →

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Resident Advisors (RAs) are the first contact for students as they navigate the responsibilities and challenges of learning and living on campus. RAs advise residents regarding personal, social, and academic concerns, referring to professional staff when necessary. They also serve as an appropriate role model for community leadership, policy adherence, academic commitment, and general behavior. RAs sign a one-year contract during which they receive free room and board.

Application Timeline: Late Fall / Early Spring Semester (November - January)
Department: Department of Residential Life
Job Type: Non-Work Study
Pay: Free Room & Board
Contact: Brandin Howard -

How to Apply: Learn more about being an Residential Advisor →

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Educate the UVM community on the power of individual actions to create a safer, kinder, more just community.  If you believe all individuals are capable of taking positive action and are interested in mobilizing to create lasting societal change apply to our Step UP team.

Application Timeline:  Spring Semester (March)
Department: LivingWell
Pay: Hourly per training
Contact: Annie Valentine

How to Apply: Learn More about becoming a Step Up Facilitator 

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UVM TREK leaders serve as guides to incoming fall semester first-year and transfer students during a 5-day Vermont wilderness, service, or affinity adventure, introducing them to the local community, leadership opportunities, the great outdoors and ensuring an educational, safe, fun, and engaging start at UVM.  Students do not have to have gone on TREK to apply to be a leader.

Application Timeline:  Spring Semester (January/February)
Department: Department of Student Life
Pay: Stipend
Contact: - (Wilderness); (Service)

How to Apply: Learn More about becoming a TREK Leader →

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Interested in being a part of planning student events on campus? Members of the UVM Program Board are charged with planning some of UVM’s signature events from idea to execution. Positions include spots on their planning teams as well as the production team, who staff events and act as the face of UPB.

Application Timeline: Early Spring Semester (January) for fall start.
Department: Department of Student Life
Contact: Maggie Colbert; or visit the UPB Website.
Additional Information: Stop by Student Life for more info - 3rd Floor Dudley H. Davis Center (Room 310)

How to Apply: Applications Accepted Online during application window →

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Week of Welcome (WOW) Squad 

The WOW Squad is a group of energetic students who serve as guides, hosts, and friendly faces to incoming first-year students (as well as our returning students) during the first week of school. There will be a number of fun events for the WOW Squad to facilitate, including Coffee At The Catamount, Rally on the Green, and Labor Day Comedy Show. The WOW Squad will serve as the production crew to make this happen.

Application Timeframe: Spring Semester (January) for Fall start
Job Type: Non-Work Study
Pay: Stipend

How to Apply: Learn more about being on WOW Squad →

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Career + Experience Peer Leadership Internship 

Career+Experience Peer Leadership internship is for sophomores, juniors and seniors who are motivated and interested in joining our team to serve as peer leaders or peer mentors, and are committed to helping students with their career development process.

Application Timeframe: Application opens early February and closes mid to late March
Department: UVM Career Center
Contact: Danielle Gallant, or 656-3450

How to Apply: Log-in and apply through Handshake →

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Student Employment

The Student Employment Office can help you find an on-campus job, which can often lead to robust (and paying) leadership positions on-campus.

Learn more about job openings 


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Expand Your Skills

Consider attending the Next Step Social Justice Retreat by applying to be a participant or facilitator. Expand your leadership skills while learning how to create lasting and meaningful change to in our community and beyond.

Learn More About Next Step →