New Student Orientation is the process of assisting first year students in making the transition to the academic and cultural environment of Calvin College. Orientation Assistants play an integral role in this process by assisting in the running of International Passport, participating in all the orientation activities with the new students, and continuing to be supportive and positive role models throughout the school year.

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Who can apply?

Any Calvin student with the following characteristics may apply for the Orientation Assistant position:

  • Has citizenship outside the US or Canada; US or Canadian citizens that have had significant international experience
  • Has interest in and commitment to helping new students make a smooth and successful adjustment to Calvin
  • Shows a willingness to exercise gifts of creativity, hospitality, and service
  • Possesses general understanding of Calvin's campus environment (current or previous experience in orientation, a student organization, student leadership, or campus office is highly desirable)
  • Demonstrates confidence and maturity in interpersonal relationships
  • Strives to manifest Christian commitment in thought, word, and deed
  • Has a minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Maintains full-time student status at Calvin and fulfills the college's eligibility requirements for participation in campus activities as reflected in the Student Handbook.
Specific responsibilities

Calvin's international orientation program is divided into International Passport (specifically for international students from Saturday, Aug. 26 through Thursday, Aug. 31) and QUEST (a fall component for all new students) from Thursday Aug. 31 through Sept. 2. Orientation Assistants will participate in all aspects of the International Passport program and help with some aspects of PASSPORT III, but are not involved with the QUEST program.

  • Spring: Orientation Assistants will attend a leadership training session in April and in addition, meet together weekly to prepare and pray for the incoming first year students.
  • Summer: Orientation Assistants are NOT required to be in Grand Rapids for the summer, but will receive regular email updates which may or may not include projects to be completed.
  • Fall: All Orientation Assistants will be expected to convene for the training program that begins at 12:00 PM on Friday, Aug. 18, 2017; Housing will be available starting on Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017.
    • August 18-21: Off campus retreat to begin training and preparation for International Passport.
    • August 21-26: Continue training and preparation on campus.
    • August 21-31: Stay in the Knollcrest East Apartments.
    • August 26-31: International Passport.

First 7 Weeks of Fall Semester: First Year Seminar with International PASSPORT group.

During and after the orientation program, Orientation Assistants will also participate in a reflective evaluation of the entire orientation program.

Responsibilities during the First Year Seminar class for fall semester include attending 7 two-hour class sessions, facilitating their International QUEST group in small group discussions, and meeting with the instructor to prepare for class.The classes will most likely be on Mondays.

Note that Orientation Assistants will be very busy from August 18-31 and should not have other obligations or responsibilities within that time frame. Orientation Assistants are also expected to attend and facilitate the International First Year Seminar class during the first half of the fall semester.

In mid-November, OA's will help set up and attend International Passport Reunion.

What's the compensation?

Orientation Assistants and Returning Orientation Assistants will receive $300 for participating in the orientation program. OA's will also receive a $100 bonus for additional responsibilities such as participating in both the orientation program and First Year Seminar.


Applications will be open first week of March!

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Steps to apply:

All application materials must be turned in to Esther Kwak’s office in the Commons Annex no later than Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 12:00 PM (noon). Applicants will only be considered once all materials, including online recommendations, are submitted.

  1. Complete the online application form. (click the apply button above).
  2. Email a formal resume in PDF form to
  3. Find two people to submit an online recommendation. Applicants are responsible for contacting their references and ensuring that the recommendation forms are submitted by 12:00 PM (noon) on Wednesday, March 21.

What's the selection process?

The first stage of the selection process will be based on the submitted resume, application, and references. After reviewing these, a group of candidates will be selected to be interviewed during the week of March 26-30, 2018. Selected OA's will be notified the following week.