Five coordinators work with the Director to select and train NSO staff, plan and implement all NSO events, coordinate with other Georgetown offices and departments, work with non-affiliated partners and sponsors, and create a welcoming environment for all incoming students and their families. To be a coordinator, there is an application process and individual interview. Applicants must be full-time undergraduate students. While prior NSO staff experience is encouraged, it is not necessary if an applicant has strong programming experience. Applicants cannot have plans to study abroad in the Spring semester.
Coordinator applications normally appear early-September and are due at the end of September. Individual interviews are conducted in September, and applicants receive a decision by early October. Applicants cannot have plans to study abroad in the spring semester or during the summer before NSO.
Coordinators must attend a retreat the fall to transition into their new roles. Additionally, Coordinators must be at a two-hour weekly staff meetings and commit their time to tasks throughout the fall and spring semesters, including hiring and training the incoming staff.
The spring semester is a nice and easy warm-up for a Summer full of NSO love. All coordinators will be housed on campus and expected to work either part-time in the NSO office in June and July. These two months ramp up to August where all five coordinators are dedicated to NSO full-time.
NSO has approximately 32 Captains. 30 Captains serve as facilitators of small groups of OAs to encourage and guide them, as well as to communicate important information during training and NSO. Two Captains serve as Event Captains and assist the Coordinators with tasks and logistics of training and NSO. To be a Captain, there is an application process, group interview and individual interview. Full-time undergraduate students who have served on NSO previously may apply to be a Captain.
Captain applications normally appear the end of December and are due mid-January. Individual and group interviews typically take place in late January or early February, so that applicants receive a decision by mid-February. Applicants who are abroad during the Spring semester may still apply, but are required to have a phone or online video conference interview.
Captains are required to be at two weekend Captain trainings in the Spring and at the late April or early May weekend training with OAs. (If a Captain is abroad spring semester, individual communication will occur about expectations to make this up.) Additionally, Captains must be at summer training the Sunday through Friday before NSO and then present the Saturday through Tuesday of NSO. Summer training and NSO takes place all day and late into the evenings, and Captains must have no other time commitments during that week.
Orientation Advisors (OAs)
There are approximately 180 Orientation Advisors (OAs) who serve as either First Year OAs, Transfer OAs or Parent and Family OAs. To be an OA, there is both an application process and a group interview. Any full-time undergraduate student can apply to be an OA.
OA applications normally appear the end of December and are due mid-January. Group interviews typically take place in February, and applicants usually receive a decision by early March. Applicants who are abroad during the Spring semester may still apply, but may be asked to turn in an extended application or have a phone or online video conference interview.
OAs are required to be at a late March or early April weekend training. (If an OA is abroad Spring semester, individual communication will occur about expectations to make this up.) Additionally, OAs must be at summer training the Tuesday through Friday before NSO and then present the Saturday through Tuesday of NSO. Summer training and NSO takes place all day and late into the evenings, and OAs must have no other time commitments during that week.