Student Leadership Opportunities

The Division of Student Affairs offers a variety of student leadership opportunities. These positions (whether paid or volunteer) enhance the student's overall Cornell experience. As you explore the various ways to get involved at Cornell, you'll learn that leadership is really about the process of developing skills and values rather than holding a specific position.

The following is a sampling of the opportunities offered by the various departments in Student Affairs.  If you have any questions about a specific opportunity, please contact the sponsoring department directly.


Career Assistant

Career assistants work in the Career Engagement Center (CEC) and are essential in helping us provide career development related services to students, alumni, recruiters, faculty, staff, and the general public. Career Assistants (CAs) assist with planning and execution of CEC events, workshops, and programs. CAs also provide office support for full-time staff, assist with giving presentations across campus, serve as a resource to other students, as well as work independently on specific project areas determined at the time of hire. Visit the Career Engagement Center's website for details.


Colleges Against Cancer Program Co-Coordinators and Committee Chairs

Colleges Against Cancer is a health advocacy organization, affiliated with the American Cancer Society. Each year, Colleges Against Cancer plans Cornell College's Relay for Life, along with a variety of educational events on campus and in the community. The Co-Coordinators lead the overall program, while Committee Chairs manage individual components of events. Visit the Civic Engagement Office's website for details.


Iowa College AmeriCorps Program (ICAP)

In partnership with Campus Compact, the Civic Engagement Office offers the Iowa College AmeriCorps Program (ICAP) to engage students in long-term volunteerism in the greater Cornell community. In one year, ICAP participants complete at least 300 hours of service in a diverse selection of involvement opportunities on campus and in the broader community. At the end of their year of service, members receive an AmeriCorps Education Award. Visit the Civic Engagement Office's website for details.


Lunch Buddies Coordinator

Lunch Buddies is a collaboration with Mount Vernon's Washington Elementary School that matches college students with third and fourth graders to share lunch and recess several times a month, as well as participate in occasional off-campus programs. Visit the Civic Engagement Office's website for details.


Middle School Mentoring Program Coordinator

The middle school mentoring programs include GIRLSS Group and MENtoring which connect Cornell students with girls and boys from the Mount Vernon Middle School in a group mentoring format. The Coordinator is responsible for overseeing the logistics of the program and serves as the liaison between the middle-school students and their parents, mentors, middle school, and the college. Visit the Civic Engagement Office's website for details.


Orientation Staff

Orientation student staff help new students learn about the campus. By working with new students prior to the start of classes and continuing to work with them through their first several blocks, students who are members of the orientation staff build meaningful relationships and help new students navigate the block plan, find their niche, and explore campus life.  Leading small and large group activities, building one-on-one relationships, and explaining Cornell College campus culture help to create opportunities for collaboration to occur across several areas of campus. Visit the New Student Orientation website for details.


Peer Educator

Peer educators are student volunteers who work with Counseling Center staff to provide mental health and wellness information to Cornell students through discussions, games, interactive presentations, tabling events and other outreach activities. Visit the Counseling Center's website for details.


Resident Assistant

A resident assistant lives in a residence hall and serves as a leader, helper, and resource person for students.  The RA serves as a critical link between the students on his or her floor, the assistant director for Residence Life, and the Residence Life Office. Visit the Residence Life website for application information.


Service Trips Program Coordinator and Trip Leaders

The Service Trips Program Coordinator oversees the Alternative Spring Break program which sends students across the nation to participate in service projects during the week.  Projects include disaster recovery, environmental work, housing construction, and a wide variety of other work.  Trip Leaders work in pairs to coordinate all aspects of individual trips.  Visit the Civic Engagement Office's website for details.


Social Justice Program Coordinator

The Civic Engagement Office's student volunteer coordinator serves as a resource for students looking for opportunities to serve in the greater Cornell community. The volunteer coordinator maintains connections with local service organizations, working to help students find service opportunities that match their skills and interests.. Visit the Civic Engagement Office's website for details.


Volunteer Coordinator

The Civic Engagement Office's student volunteer coordinator serves as a resource for students looking for opportunities to serve in the greater Cornell community.  The volunteer coordinator maintains connections with local service organizations, working to help students find service opportunities that match their skills and interests. Visit the Civic Engagement Office's website for details.