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Job & Leadership Opportunities

There are numerous job and leadership opportunities on campus available to high-achieving students. Many of these jobs are very selective and require that students demonstrate a tremendous level of motivation, leadership potential, and dedication. Ultimately, students find that these positions are very rewarding and provide invaluable skill-training for one's future endeavors. The Urban Honors Program encourages its students seeking part-time work and leadership development to apply for one or more of the positions outlined below.

Peer Tutor

The Learning Center, located on the second floor of the Millar Library, provides tutoring in a variety of subjects to thousands of students every year. To become a peer tutor a student must demonstrate a high degree of knowledge and committment. Students who can be recommended by a faculty member are preferred for these positions. Tutors often stay with The Learning Center for more than an academic year.

No application deadline; The Learning Center hires as needed and keeps applications for one year beginning the date of submission. Now hiring for Fall 2013!

Peer Mentor in University Studies

The University Studies Peer Mentor Program at Portland State University plays an integral role in the Freshman Inquiry (FRINQ) and Sophomore Inquiry (SINQ) courses by recruiting highly-skilled undergraduate and graduate students to mentor first and second-year students. Given the nature of their work and their frequent professional development trainings, Peer Mentors benefit by developing strong leadership, listening, and communication skills, making them highly sought after candidates in the workplace and in graduate programs.

Application deadline for becoming a 2014-2015 Peer Mentor: January 2014

Resident Assistant

The Resident Assistant (RA) is a member of the Residence Life team and is responsible for the general administration, development, and implementation of student life programs in the residence halls. Under the direction and supervision of an Area Coordinator (AC), the Resident Assistant is responsible for providing resources and assistance that will make each residence hall community a place that supports and enhances all aspects of student life. Keep your eye out for recruiting information posted in your building and talk to your RA, Hall Director or Area Coordinator for more information.

Selection process for becoming a 2014-2015 Resident Assistant begins: January 2014

Orientation Leader

Orientation Leaders (OLs) will work with diverse groups of first-time students, transfer students, their parents, and other family members in order to facilitate their transition to a university setting. More specifically, OLs will acquaint students and their families with the academic, cultural, social, and physical environment at Portland State University. This position is largely a summer commitment, though students can work into the following academic year and reapply for the next summer. Please read the position description for more information.

Application deadline for becoming a 2014-2015 Orientation Leader: February 2014 

Student Ambassador

The PSU Student Ambassador Program is for students who are dedicated to serving and representing Portland State University. The primary purpose of the program is to provide a leadership laboratory through which Student Ambassadors enhance and supplement their academic, communication, time management, and other professional skills. Student Ambassadors have great authority to manage and lead their own program as well as their office, the Viking Information Center – thus contributing to their overall learning and leadership. Duties include mandatory weekly meetings, campus tours, membership on university-wide committees, participation at events, and information hub hours.

Application deadline for becoming a 2014-2015 Student Ambassador: March 2014

WRC Aimee Shattuck Award Recipient

Each year, the Women's Resource Center identifies an outstanding student in the area of service to women to be the recipient of the Aimee Shattuck Award. Students must self-identify as female, have a minimum GPA of 3.5, be involved with a campus organization that serves women, and demonstrate leadership ability and service to the PSU community which has left a lasting impression in the form of new initiatives, building of new community collaborations or coalitions, and/or influenced some change in services or programs directed to women on campus.

Application deadline for becoming a 2014-2015 Recipient: March 2014

FLASH Program by Campus Rec

The FLASH Program by Campus Rec is designed to provide resources and support to freshmen who may be seeking their first paid job and aspire to become future leaders of Campus Rec. Campus Rec typically offers 5-12 positions during winter term for the following employment areas: Member Services StaffIntramurals OfficialFitness Center StaffInclusive Rec Monitor and Lifeguard, and Facilities Services Staff. Employees will form a FLASH cohort receiving organized training and support throughout their freshman year of employment.

Please contact Joelle Kenney ( for more information about the application process and deadline for 2014-2015.