Become an RA/APA

Do you like to help other people?

Do you want to make a difference in other people’s lives?

Are you, or do you want to grow as a student leader?

Do you want to be part of something bigger than yourself?

Join Our Team!  Apply to be a student staff member!

        If you are interested in the Sorority Community Assistant position, this is a separate hiring process. Please contact Tracy Machtan, Associate Director of Fraternity & Sorority Life, at tracy.machtan@indstate.edu for more information.

What are we looking for?

We are looking for motivated leaders who would like to help mentor and educate first-year and upper-class students as they transition to college and continue their journey towards graduation. We create staff teams that represent the diverse communities within our residential areas, so individuals of all different backgrounds and personalities are encouraged to apply. Ultimately, we are looking for students who like to help others and want to have a meaningful impact on fellow students’ lives.

What Student Staff Positions are Available?

The Academic Peer Advocate (APA) position is responsible for the academic transition on all of our first year student floors. This position supports, promotes, and facilitates academic excellence and achievement among our first year students and Sophomore Year Experience. They are responsible for intentionally reaching out to faculty and getting them involved in the residence halls and University Apartments. 

• Two (2) semesters of living on campus (in Residence Halls or University Apartments), this can be here at ISU or at another campus. You must complete your second semester of residency by the end of Spring 2016, so first-year students can apply!
• Both a semester and cumulative GPA of 3.0
• Be in good conduct standing with the university.

The Resident Assistant (RA) position serves as an advisor for a floor community with major responsibilities including: assisting students with personal problems, interpreting and enforcing housing regulations and University policies, developing positive communities, and providing  community building activities.

• Two (2) semesters of living on campus (in Residence Halls or University Apartments), this can be here at ISU or at another campus. You must complete your second semester of residency by the end of Spring 2016, so first-year students can apply!
• Both a semester and cumulative GPA of 2.5
• Be in good conduct standing with the university.

What are the benefits?

We would like to highlight that you earn a free room & meal plan as compensation for your services, but there is so much more. There are immeasurable personal and leadership development opportunities, to the point that this will be a highlight to place on your résumé when you are looking for internships or jobs after college. You will have the perfect answer when an interviewer asks you “Talk about a time you had to work through a difficult situation” or “Tell us how you balance multiple priorities as deadlines approach.”

Fall Selection Process

Both RA and APA candidates must enroll in SAHE 317, a two-credit leadership class during the Spring 2016 semester. The class will consist of information and activities that will help you learn more about leadership and the student staff position. You can register for the class during regular class registration, and it will have seven different sessions:

  • TTh 9:30 – 10:20 AM
  • TTh 2 – 2:50 PM
  • MW 4 – 4:50 PM
  • MW 4 – 4:50 PM
  • T 5:30 – 7:10 PM
  • W 5:30 – 7:10 PM
  • Th 5:30 – 7:10 PM

During your leadership class you will also sign up for your individual interview time, which will happen between Tuesday, March 22nd and Saturday, March 26th. Candidates will schedule a 75 minute block of time, in which candidates will participate in two thirty-minute interviews.

Application

When you fill out and turn in an application, you are applying for both the Academic Peer Advocate position and the Resident Assistant position. As a department we interview for both positions and then place people into positions based on their qualifications, interviews, and where we think each person would most benefit our students.

Each part of the Student Staff application is important. You should pay particular attention to the neatness of your application and the grammatical construction of your short answers. Overall application presentation and written work are of particular importance when the Office of Residential Life is making distinctions among many outstanding candidates.

Fall 2016 Deadline: Friday, December 4th

Questions????

Contact the Residential Life Office at (812) 237-3993, or the Student Staff Selection Committee via e-mail at isuselection@outlook.com