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Student Leadership

STEP relies on student leaders to help deliver initiatives and programs that are meaningful to the broader W&M student experience.

Consider joining our team! While opportunities to serve as an Orientation Aide or an Initiative Director open annually, others become available as student leaders graduate or move on to new adventures.

Unless otherwise noted, position applications will be available on the Campus Living Employment Portal.

STEP Student Leader Chart
Initiative Directors (IDs) *Apply Now!*
Building Community Connections Year-Round


Initiative Directors (IDs) are student leaders focused on planning, designing, and facilitating year-round programming for undergraduate students at William & Mary. IDs collaborate to plan, promote, and implement both large-scale community initiatives as well as initiatives for distinctive student populations.

Position Qualifications
  • A desire to work with students, family, faculty and staff
  • Leadership potential
  • Time management and multitasking abilities
  • Good standing in terms of honor or student conduct offenses (Contact Lauren Garrett before submission of application if you have either.)

Meet Our Initiative Directors

Orientation Aides (OAs)
Be a leader, educator & friend rolled into one NEON shirt


Orientation Aides work to enhance the acclimation of all students new to William & Mary. As many new students' first impression of college life, OAs sserve as a positive role model for students, a resource for parents and family members, and they fully participate in training and all orientation events.

Position Qualifications
  • Positive communication skills
  • Dedication to helping others
  • Problem solving abilities
  • Good standing in terms of honor or student conduct offenses (Contact Lauren Garrett before submission of application if you have either.)

Become an OA

Orientation Area Directors (OADs)
Think of them as OAs to the OAs


Orientation Area Directors (OADs) are upper-level undergraduate students who have previously served as a member of the W&M Orientation Staff and have the desire to work at a high-level with university staff and faculty to ensure all incoming students and families have a successful transition. 

Position Qualifications
  • Demonstrated leadership experience
  • Integrity and ethical decision-making abilities
  • Positive communication skills
  • Good standing in terms of honor or student conduct offenses (Contact Lauren Garrett before submission of application if you have either.)

Meet our OADs

Transition Coaches *Apply Between Oct 1 - 15*
Peer Support as Your Form Your University Experience


Transition Coaches are upper-level undergraduate or graduate students who offer an additional network of support for students in the middle (or forming) years of their university experience (typically 2nd and 3rd-year students).  As the Transition Coach is a new role being piloted during the 2021-2022 academic year, student leaders will need to be flexible. Expectations within this role may change as the needs of our students change.

Transition Coaches will conduct regular check-ins with a caseload of students, be available to students via schedule office hours, and perform some administrative tasks as assigned by their supervisor.

Position Qualifications
  • Desire to support undergraduate peers
  • Time management 
  • Flexibility
  • Positive communication skills
  • Good university standing in regards to honor, conduct and academic standards (Contact Lauren Garrett before submission of application if you have concerns about this qualification point.)

Apply via Tribecareers (Available October 1)