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Be a Part of Penn State's Welcome Crew

Do you have at least one semester at Penn State under your belt?  Are you interested in helping new students transition to Penn State?  Join our Welcome Crew, share what you've learned about Penn State and/or University Park move in to the residence halls and experience a successful first few days of college.

We are looking for Penn State students to help our new incoming students during Arrival and Welcome Week.  You will have the opportunity to assist students who are new to Penn State and/or University Park move in to the residence halls  and experience a successful first few days of college.

Welcome Crew members play an integral role in welcoming a diverse population of new students including: first year, change of assignment, and transfer students and their families to the Penn State University Park campus.

Need more reasons to volunteer?

  • Gain leadership skills
  • Learn more about campus resources and services
  • Work with highly motivated student staff of diverse backgrounds
  • Meet new students and make new friends
  • Come back to campus early
  • Develop an even greater sense of Penn State Pride
Welcome Crew Captain

The Welcome Week Captain is a position working with Welcome Week for Fall 2019 Arrival.  A Captain will be in charge of a volunteer staff of up to 30 members of the Volunteer Crew during Fall Arrival.  The Captains will also serve as a resource to new students and their families as they move into the residence halls on campus.  Will be paid $10 an hour.

Time Commitment

Captains are required to work on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of Welcome Week.  Captains are able to choose starting date, though, which can be either Wednesday the 21st or Thursday the 22nd of Welcome Week.  Please note that Captains will be required to attend a training from 6:00pm - 7:30pm on the evening before their first day of work.  They will also be required to help lead the Welcome Crew Volunteer Training on Thursday the 22nd from 6:00pm - 7:00pm.  See below for the schedule.


Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Welcome Week Captain Training (Dinner included)
6:00pm - 7:00pm

Wednesday, August 21, 2019
8:00am - 5:00pm (two 4 hour shifts)

Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Welcome Week Captain Training (Dinner included)
6:00pm - 7:30pm

Thursday, August 22, 2019
8:00am - 5:00pm (two 4 hour shifts)

Thursday, August 22, 2019
Welcome Crew Volunteer Training
6:00pm - 7:00pm

Friday, August 23, 2019
New Student Arrival
8:00am - 5:00pm (two 4 hour shifts)

Saturday, August 24, 2019
New Student Arrival
8:00am - 5:00pm (two 4 hour shifts)

Saturday, August 24, 2019
New Student Arrival
8:00am - 5:00pm (two 4 hour shifts)

Compensation

  • $10.00 per hour wage
  • Welcome Week T-Shirt
  • Ability to move into on-campus housing on Tuesday, August 20 without fees (must have a contract to do so - housing for off-campus students not provided)
  • Meal coupons for lunch Friday, August 23, and brunch and dinner on Saturday, August 24

Qualifications

  • Supervisory experience preferred, not required
  • Leadership experience or potential
  • In good conduct and academic standings with the University
  • Full-time undergraduate student at Penn State University Park (now and during Fall 2019)

Welcome Week Captain Application

Welcome Week Crew

Welcome Week Crew Expectations

  • Assist new students and their families with unloading their vehicles and getting their belongings to their rooms.
  • Assist with traffic control, running the elevators in selected buildings, and other miscellaneous duties as required.
  • Be friendly, yet efficient.
  • Answer the questions of new students and/or family members honestly and appropriately, or refer students to an appropriate resource.
  • Wear the t-shirt provided by Residence Life to identify yourself as a Penn State Welcome Crew member.
  • Welcome new students and their families, and positively represent Penn State.
  • Carry students’ items, but not anything heavy or valuable (computers, televisions).
  • Encourage students to attend University-sponsored Welcome Week Events such as Convocation, Late Night Penn State, Be a Part from the Start, etc.
  • Attend one meeting prior to arrival.
  • Be available on Friday and Saturday of arrival weekend.

Time Commitment

Thursday, August 22, 2019
Welcome Crew Volunteer Training
6:00pm  - 7:00pm

Friday, August 23
New Student Arrival
8:00am - 5:00pm (one 3 hour shift)

Saturday, August 24
New Student Arrival
8:00am - 5:00pm (one 3 hour shift)

Compensation

  • Welcome Week T-Shirt
  • Ability to move into on-campus housing Thursday, August 22 without fees (must have a contract to do so - housing for off-campus students not provided)
  • Meal coupons for lunch Friday, August 23, and brunch and dinner on Saturday, August 24
  • $8.50 per hour students may only work a total of 20 hours.

Qualifications

  • In good conduct and academic standing with the University
  • Full-time undergraduate student at Penn State University Park (now and during Fall 2019)
  • Minimum second semester standing (at time of sign-up, Summer 2019 doesn't count)

 

Welcome Crew Application

Student Organizations Affiliations

While political, religious, social, service, and fraternal organizations are encouraged to volunteer for the Penn State Welcome Crew, we expect that these affiliations will only be discussed in the following manner while performing the duties of the position:

  • Wearing a button identifying their group affiliation
  • Providing brief information about meeting times, website, or the organization's purpose verbally or in writing, in response to questions about the group by the student or his/her family.

Housing Note

We will not be able to provide housing for Welcome Crew volunteers that are living off campus.