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Preview Counselors: Welcoming New Students to the Monarch Nation                              

** Please note: Information regarding the Preview Counselor position will be available November 2013.


What is a Preview Counselor?


Preview Counselors are undergraduates involved with virtually every aspect of Old Dominion's orientation program for new students and their parents. Preview Counselors are different than tour guides, who work for the Office of Admissions.





What skills are required?

Key skills and traits:

  Broad knowledge of ODU

  Campus pride

  Ability to communicate and relate well with all people

  Leadership and teamwork skills


  Problem-solving skills

  Common sense

  Enthusiasm and personal warmth

  Positive attitude

Typical duties:

  Giving tours and directions at orientation

  Teaching students to navigate the registration process

  Sharing your perspective and experiences

  Serving as a positive peer mentor and ODU representative

  Public speaking and facilitation of group activities

  Helping the program run smoothly (ex. checking in and seating guests)

  Additional duties as assigned



Preview Counselors must:


1.         Be committed to academic excellence and integrity.

2.         Be supportive and actively committed to the mission and purpose of Old Dominion University, including marketing the institution in a highly positive manner.

3.         Attend and successfully complete all training sessions.

5.         Participate in all Freshman, Transfer, and Midyear Previews as well as required Week of Welcome events. 

6.         Attend all staff meetings.

7.         Be knowledgeable of facilities, services and programs on campus, and be able to successfully communicate this information to new students and parents.

8.         Assist with the preparation and transport of materials distributed during Preview.

9.         Be visible and available to all Preview participants and maintain standards of personal conduct and dress that serve as good examples of Preview participants.

10.        Attempt to prevent crisis and problem situations before they develop; keep immediate supervisors informed of these problems, and if necessary promptly report concerns and problems to appropriate University officials.

11.        Assist Academic Advisors with course scheduling and registration procedures during Preview.

12.        Support and emulate the University's commitment to affirmative action and equal opportunity.

13.        Perform other duties as assigned, including attending dinners with families before some Preview sessions (Cafe 1201).

14.        Possess an ability to understand others as well as be highly flexible in a variety of situations; Dependability and timeliness in work habits are required.

15.        Abide by all policies and procedures established in the Housing and Residence Life Handbook, Housing Agreement, and University Student Code of Conduct.


The performance of these responsibilities is essential for a successful program. Failure by a Preview Counselor to perform these duties, including failure to execute all Preview activities or being absent without notice, can result in dismissal without further compensation.



Minimum Qualifications


In order to be considered for the Preview Counselor position, you must:


1.         Be an Old Dominion University student who will be enrolled in undergraduate courses during the spring semester before the Preview season and the Fall semester after the Preview season. We will confirm your registration status.

2.         Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5, though 2.75 is preferred. We will confirm your GPA.

3.         Have no active judicial sanctions on your record. This includes judicial sanctions that are in progress or incomplete. We will confirm this with the Office of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity.

4.         Be available for Preview Counselor training, which includes a spring seminar and a summer training week, and all Preview sessions with limited exceptions.



Compensation and Benefits


Salary: $8.50/hour (tentative) for a 4-day Preview Counselor summer training week, 14 one-day Freshman Previews, 7 one-day Transfer Previews, 2 one-day Midyear Previews (December and January), and 1-2 Week of Welcome activities.

Room: A furnished room will be provided in a residence hall.  This room will be available from June through August 2014 only. Preview Counselors may elect to live off-campus. Parking decal costs are not covered by our office. 

Meals: Meals will be provided when Preview days and summer training are in session. Each Preview Counselor will also receive $250 in Monarch Plus dollars which can be used for food over the summer. Otherwise, Preview Counselors assume their own meal costs.

Convenience: While serving as a Preview Counselor, you may take evening or online summer courses, which don't conflict with our training and work schedule. You may also work another part-time job, as long as it doesn't conflict.

Friendships: You'll work on a close-knit team. You'll also meet thousands of new students!

Excitement: From training sessions with the Outdoor Adventure Program to speaking in front of hundreds of people, you'll have plenty of fun and opportunities to stretch your limits! 

Skills: You'll gain experience with public speaking, mentoring, teaching, leadership, and problem-solving.

Networking: You'll meet academic advisors, faculty and staff members from across the university. The position often leads to other leadership opportunities on campus!



Required Training


Spring Seminar: March through April 2014


Summer Training: June 2014, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.



Preview Dates


On Preview days, you will work approximately 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. If you'd like to see the dates, please email preview@odu.edu. We don't publish them on our website until mid-March, but we'll provide them to applicants.



Application Process


Step 1: Attend an information session or table (strongly recommended)


Step 2: Submit your application online


The application for the summer season is due in January 2014. Please take your time and answer all questions completely. We suggest writing your answers in a program such as Microsoft Word and using spell- and grammar-check, then pasting them into the online application.


Step 3: Sign up for a group interview


Following the application due date, we'll invite some candidates to participate in a group interview in February 2014. If you're selected for a group interview, you'll receive an email from our office to ask your preferred date. Note: Preference may be given to applicants with the preferred GPA of 2.75.


Step 4: Sign up for an individual interview


Following group interviews, we'll invite some candidates to participate in individual interviews in February. If you're selected for an individual interview, you'll receive an email from our office with several potential dates to choose from. 


Step 5: Receive a decision email


We'll send decision emails in late February or early March. We hire a well-rounded staff of 14 Preview Counselors (and 3-4 alternates). We try to balance gender identity, age, ethnicity, residents and commuters, extroverts and introverts, students with leadership experience and those who are new to campus involvement, students who entered as transfers and students who entered as freshmen, returning and new staff members. We believe this diversity reflects the multicultural nature of our campus. However, the most important things are the attitude and skills that you bring. 


What do Preview Counselors say?

 Yanni Hedjar (2012). Major: Biology (pre-med). "What appealed to me was how involved in the university I would become. It would involve developing my social skills to a whole new level. Also the free housing and pay were great!"

 Jenn Landis (2012). Major: Business Analytics and Marketing. "Being from out of state, I wanted to do something to feel like part of the ODU community. I looked forward to every Preview. It helped me conquer my fear of public speaking."

  Ayush Toolsidass (2011). Major: Finance and Economics. "Before I became a Preview Counselor I was a quiet and reserved person. The best part of the job was that it really helped me open up and discover myself!"

  Michelle Smith (2010, 2011). Major: Exercise Science and Therapeutic Recreation. "I love walking around campus, having students come up to let me know they remember me, that I gave them great advice, and they weren't as nervous about coming to ODU because of Preview."

  Gianina Thompson (2009, 2010): Major: Communication. "I can honestly say that the Preview family was my family away from home.We had fun on and off the clock. We have inside jokes that never get old!"

Still have questions?

Contact our office, Student Transition and Family Programs (preview@odu.edu) in 1006 Student Success Center, 757-683-3428.