Student Leadership Opportunities

Holding a student leadership position on campus is a valuable opportunity for students to develop skills that will benefit them personally and professionally. Student leaders develop their interpersonal and task-management abilities as they face new situations and respond to the challenges they encounter, learning from their own experiences as well as from their mentors and peers.

Holding Multiple Leadership Positions

It takes time and commitment to build meaningful relationships and carry out the various responsibilities of a leadership position. Keeping a good balance between life, work, and school is essential, and certain positions require more time and energy than others. Limits on additional commitments for these positions help ensure the best possible experience for leaders and those they serve.

If you wish to apply for multiple leadership positions in the same academic term, it is your responsibility to make sure that the time commitment involved can reasonably fit your schedule. To help, we have created a “compatibility” designation that indicates which positions typically require more time and therefore do not match with other positions.

How to Apply

Apply for all student leadership positions on Handshake (create your account; you may also access Handshake through the Quicklinks menu on home.apu.edu).

Available Positions

There are open positions in the following areas:

Admissions

apu.edu/undergraduate-admissions

  • Ambassador: An admissions ambassador has the privilege and responsibility of representing Azusa Pacific University to prospective students and families, hosting them during their stay and contributing to their positive experience on campus.
  • Ambassador Lead: An ambassador lead has the responsibility of leading a group of freshmen ambassadors through their year in the program, guiding them through what it looks like to represent Azusa Pacific University to prospective students and families. Since all leads have previously been ambassadors, they are responsible for sharing their advice and expertise with their groups, and act as the point person for their group of ambassadors.

Campus Life

apu.edu/campus-life

  • Alpha Coordinator (Orientation Coordinator): Provides mentorship, guidance, and support for a group of Alpha leaders. Also plays an integral role in selecting Alpha leaders in the spring semester, and in training Alpha leaders over the summer.
    • Must have served in Alpha Leader position prior to application.
    • Compatible with D-Group Leader and Peer Mentor; generally NOT compatible with other leadership positions, though exceptions can be made.
  • Alpha Intern (Orientation Intern): The primary responsibilities of the Alpha intern are to support, plan, and implement leadership training, program meetings, group retreats, new-student events, and Welcome Weekend.
    • Must have served in Alpha Coordinator position prior to application.
    • Compatible with D-Group Leader and Peer Mentor; generally NOT compatible with other leadership positions, though exceptions can be made.
  • Alpha Leader (Orientation Leader): These student leaders are committed to fostering a sense of belonging at APU with a small group of incoming first-year or transfer students.
    • Compatible with D-Group Leader and Peer Mentor; generally NOT compatible with other leadership positions, though exceptions can be made.
  • APU TWO Intern: Plans and implements programs and opportunities that bring about a sense of community among second-year students on campus and get them connected to the APU community.
    • Compatible with D-Group Leader and Peer Mentor; generally NOT compatible with other leadership positions, though exceptions can be made.
  • Campus Event Intern: Campus event interns have the opportunity to plan, coordinate, and execute events such as concerts, dances, open mic nights, and more, with the hope that these events will create spaces where students can build friendships and feel a sense of belonging.
    • Compatible with D-Group Leader and Peer Mentor; generally NOT compatible with other leadership positions, though exceptions can be made.
  • Graphic Design Intern: Provides graphic design support to the Office of Campus Life.
    • Compatible with D-Group Leader and Peer Mentor; generally NOT compatible with other leadership positions, though exceptions can be made.
  • Campus Recreation Intern: Organizes intramural sports and tournaments for APU students, faculty, and staff over the course of the school year.
    • Compatible with D-Group Leader and Peer Mentor; generally NOT compatible with other leadership positions, though exceptions can be made.
  • Social Media Intern: Provides social media support to the Office of Campus Life, and manages the Campus Life Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook pages.
    • Compatible with D-Group Leader and Peer Mentor; generally NOT compatible with other leadership positions, though exceptions can be made.
  • Transfer Connections Intern: Provides opportunities, programming, resources, and points of connection for all undergraduate transfer students.
    • Compatible with D-Group Leader and Peer Mentor; generally NOT compatible with other leadership positions, though exceptions can be made.

Center for Career and Community-Engaged Learning

apu.edu/career

All positions generally NOT compatible with Alpha Leader and RA, though exceptions can be made for returning SLAs.

  • Service-Learning Advocate (SLA): C.H.A.M.P. Coordinator Intern: Act as a liaison between APU faculty, staff, students, and community partners in the design and implementation of service-learning projects. Oversee logistics of EDLS 405 Diversity in the Classroom (the course involved with the C.H.A.M.P. program), as well as APU Visit Day and the C.H.A.M.P. graduation ceremony.
  • Service-Learning Advocate (SLA): Event Planning Intern: Act as a liaison between APU faculty, staff, students, and community partners in the design and implementation of service-learning projects. Lead planning and execution of major service-learning projects and departmental events.
  • Service-Learning Advocate (SLA): Office Coordinator Intern: Act as a liaison between APU faculty, staff, students, and community partners in the design and implementation of service-learning projects. Serve as administrative office manager and lead on special projects.
  • Service-Learning Advocate: Act as a liaison between APU faculty, staff, students, and community partners in the design and implementation of service-learning projects.
  • Study Away Intern: Study away interns administer high-quality programming and meaningful interaction with study away students to maximize growth from study away experiences. Key responsibilities include student recruitment and support before, during, and after a study away opportunity.
    • Generally NOT compatible with RA, though exceptions may be made.
  • Study Away Program Assistant: Program assistants execute high-quality service in assisting faculty-directed programming efforts by supporting the program coordinator for graduate and short-term programs and APU faculty.
    • Generally NOT compatible with other leadership positions, though exceptions may be made.
  • Data Analyst Intern: Data analyst interns collect quantitative and qualitative data for, and conduct data analysis of, the operations of programs associated with community-engaged learning. Data analyst interns analyze existing reports, develop new methods of assessment for reporting, and collaborate on the production of department annual reports.
  • Social Media Intern: The social media intern executes high-quality content that promotes community-engaged learning, focusing on storytelling and intercultural values through student experiences.

Commuter Life

apu.edu/commuter-life

  • Commuter Intern: The primary role of the commuter intern is to serve the commuter student population by creating opportunities that bring about a sense of community and act as a bridge to the greater APU campus. The intern serves as a leader among the Commuter Life Assistant Program staff in planning and marketing commuter events as well as helping manage the services and resources provided to commuter students.
    • Compatible with D-Group Leader and Peer Mentor, but generally NOT compatible with other leadership positions.
  • Commuter Life Assistant (CLA): The Commuter Life Assistant Program matches commuter students with a Commuter Life Assistant, who provides guidance and support while creating opportunities for commuters to meet each other and learn about APU resources and services. The primary goals of a CLA are to help commuter students adjust to life as APU students, and engage them with academic and personal development opportunities. Commuter Life Assistants are also responsible for working shifts in the APU Student Union, which is the commuter-centric space on campus.
    • Compatible with D-Group Leader and Peer Mentor, but generally NOT compatible with other leadership positions.

Honors College

apu.edu/honors

  • The Honors College Mentoring Program’s mission is to foster community within the Honors College by connecting freshmen with sophomores and upperclassmen mentors to create intercohort fellowship. There are opportunities to serve as a Mentoring Coordinator or Honors Mentor.

Dean of Student Wellness

  • Tapestry Intern: The Tapestry intern assists the Dean of Student Wellness in coordinating APU’s LGBTQ+ program, providing a setting for students to discover resources and experience “care, connection, and conversation” through weekly gatherings, discussions, and activities.

Residence Life

apu.edu/housing

  • Resident Advisor: The resident advisor internship provides a living and learning experience for the undergraduate student who desires to grow in a unique manner while serving residential students in our on-campus living areas. The RA experience offers students a live-in leadership position that combines intensive training and practical experience in the areas of interpersonal relationships, counseling referral, confrontation and conflict management, spiritual formation, diversity, personal development, activities programming, and administrative responsibilities.
    • Generally NOT compatible with other leadership positions due to summer training conflicts, though some exceptions can be made for returning D-Group Leaders.
    • Can work up to 15 hours per week in an additional job, internship, or volunteer position.

Spiritual Life

apu.edu/spiritual-life

  • Chapel Band Member: Members of Chapel Band serve as the primary facilitators of music worship in chapel. Students interested in helping lead music worship and other corporate worship elements in chapel are welcome to apply for team leader, vocalist, and/or instrumentalist positions in Chapel Band.
    • Generally compatible with other jobs, internships, and student leadership positions, but NOT compatible with Resident Advisor, Alpha Coordinator, Alpha Intern, or Alpha Leader.
  • Undergraduate Interns: Undergraduate interns serve the Spiritual Life and are the office’s primary liaisons to chapel speakers. They also help coordinate production details to ensure the successful execution of morning chapels, and provide support to Spiritual Life professional staff.
    • Generally compatible with other jobs, internships, and student leadership positions, but NOT compatible with Alpha Coordinator, Alpha Intern, or Alpha Leader.
  • Service and Leadership Team (SALT)
    • Kaleo SALT: This student leadership team contributes to the worship experience of Kaleo chapel through creativity, artistic expression, and logistical support.
      • Compatible with D-Group Leader and Peer Mentor
    • Liturgical SALT: This student leadership team contributes to the worship experience of Liturgical chapel through creativity, artistic expression, and logistical support.
      • Compatible with D-Group Leader and Peer Mentor
    • Spiritual Formation SALT: This team creates opportunities for spiritual growth and practice of the spiritual disciplines outside of chapel, through creative programs such as Spiritual Formation Week and Advent, and through maintenance of the Hartwig Prayer Chapel.
      • NOT compatible with Alpha Leader or RA (training conflict)

Each position is compatible with D-Group Leader and Peer Mentor, but generally NOT compatible with other leadership positions, though exceptions can be made.

  • Global Engagement Student Ministry Coordinator: The Global Engagement SMC collaborates with the Global Engagement program coordinator to recruit, train, and mobilize students toward short-term service trips over the fall, spring, and summer breaks. Responsibilities include interviewing and selecting leaders, planning and implementing training retreats, and overseeing specific teams’ overall development and logistics.
  • Finance/Admin Assistant: Finance/Admin assistants help our office by leading customer service efforts and the front desk and by processing the payments and donations required to mobilize students toward our programs. Finance/Front Desk assistants may also help create payment plans, work with office accounting software, manage financial databases, and contribute to the university-wide processes and policies related to finance.
  • Local Engagement Student Ministry Coordinator: The Local Engagement SMC oversees specific ministry partnerships as a part of the Local Engagement team. Ministry responsibilities include recruiting, training, and leading volunteers in the SMC’s designated ministry site(s).
  • Marketing Intern: Marketing interns serve as graphic designers, social media managers, event planners, podcast hosts, blog writers, customer service reps, and more. As a team, marketing interns work together to strengthen the Spiritual Life brand, promote and recruit for all service opportunities, and tell the story of what God is doing in and through CSA locally and globally.
  • Discipleship Ministry Intern: The Discipleship Ministry (D-Groups and/or Mentoring) Intern provides support and leadership to Discipleship Ministries programming in order to make relational discipleship opportunities accessible for undergraduate APU students. The intern supports program logistics for the D-Groups or Mentoring ministry through promotion, recruiting, training, planning, organizing, coaching, and database management
  • Discipleship Crew Leader: The primary responsibilities of this student leadership team are to provide training, resources, and ongoing support for D-group leaders and peer mentors.
    • Compatible with D-Group Leader and Peer Mentor
  • D-Group Leader: D-Group Leaders are responsible for building community and fostering spiritual growth in the context of a small group of undergraduate APU students. They are deeply committed to their own discipleship to Jesus, have strong social skills, and are able to engage students from a wide variety of theological, racial, political, and cultural backgrounds with humility, empathy, and respect.
    • Compatible with most student leadership positions
  • Peer Mentor: A peer mentor is a junior or senior who is willing to walk alongside a freshman or sophomore student for the purpose of discipleship. This unique mentoring relationship is an opportunity for students to engage in dialogue about faith and life, and to experience consistent encouragement and support from another Christian as they grow together in relationship with Christ.
    • Compatible with most student leadership positions

Student Center for Reconciliation and Diversity

apu.edu/scrd/gen1-scholars

  • GEN1 Scholars Ambassadors: The Student Ambassador Program is a leadership program that offers GEN1 Scholars an opportunity to represent our student population, promote community, and coordinate events. Student Ambassadors serve as mentors by supporting GEN1 Scholars throughout their college experience.

Student Government Association (SGA)

apusga.squarespace.com/

  • President: The president is elected by the student body and is the spokesperson, advocate, and visionary for SGA. The president provides direction, vision, and accountability to the entire team.
    • Compatible with D-Group Leader
  • Vice President: The vice president, elected by the student body, is the leader of the senate, giving it direction for the initiatives it carries out on behalf of SGA. The vice president leads SGA’s weekly business meetings and works closely with the president to provide direction to the team.
    • Compatible with D-Group Leader
  • Controller: The controller is elected by the student body to manage SGA’s finances and determine and maintain SGA’s annual budget.
    • Compatible with D-Group Leader
  • Speaker of the House: The speaker of the house is appointed by the president to lead the recruiting and hiring of the House of Representatives. The speaker individually mentors the members of the House of Representatives to help them achieve their potential in their position and as new APU students.
    • Compatible with D-Group Leader
  • Director of Communication: The director of communication oversees and manages the communication team, which provides external communication between SGA and the student body.
    • Compatible with D-Group Leader
  • Director of Internal Affairs: The director of internal affairs manages and organizes the documentation of information about SGA throughout the year.
    • Compatible with D-Group Leader
  • Senators: Senators are a liaison between the student body and APU administration, faculty, and staff. Senators use feedback from the student body to advocate for, and create initiatives that will improve, the undergraduate student experience.
    • Compatible with SALT and D-Group Leader
  • Strategists: Strategists are members of the communication team, which provides external communication between SGA and the student body. Strategists are responsible for the output of SGA-related information on a variety of media platforms.
    • Compatible with SALT and D-Group Leader
  • Representatives: Representatives are the voice of the student body in SGA. Each of these members represent various people groups on campus so that students’ questions, comments, and concerns can be addressed.
    • Compatible with SALT and D-Group Leader

University Counseling Center

apu.edu/counselingcenter/outreach/peer-educator-program/

  • Peer Educator Intern:More than 90 percent of APU students report being overwhelmed in the past 12 months, and more than 50 percent report feeling hopeless at times. Many people suffer alone and do not want to reach out for help. The Peer Educator Program aims to address this problem by raising awareness, reducing stigma, and equipping the APU community with wellness resources.
    • Can be compatible with other leadership opportunities if arrangements are made for summer training conflicts
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