Become an RA/APA

Do you like to help other people?

Do you want to make a difference in other people’s lives?

Are you, or do you want to grow as a student leader?

Do you want to be part of something bigger than yourself?

If so, then apply to be a student staff member!


What are we looking for?

We are looking for motivated leaders who would like to help mentor and educate first-year and upper-class students as they transition to college and continue their journey towards graduation. We are looking for students of many different backgrounds and personalities, as the best way to reach out of our diverse student population is for our staff to match the diversity of our residents. Ultimately, we are looking for students who like to help others and want to have a meaningful impact on fellow students’ lives.

What Student Staff Positions are Available?

The Academic Peer Advocate (APA) position is responsible for the academic transition on all of our first year student floors. This position supports, promotes, and facilitates academic excellence and achievement among our first year students. They are responsible for intentionally reaching out to faculty and getting them involved in the residence halls. Minimum qualifications to be an APA are:

The Resident Assistant (RA) position serves as an advisor for a floor community with major responsibilities including: assisting students with personal problems, interpreting and enforcing housing regulations and University policies, developing positive communities, and providing  community building activities. Minimum qualifications to be an RA are:

What are the benefits?

We would like to highlight that you earn a free room & meal plan as compensation for your services, but there is so much more. There are immeasurable personal and leadership development opportunities, to the point that this will be a highlight to place on your résumé when you are looking for internships or jobs after college. You will have the perfect answer when an interviewer asks you “Talk about a time you had to work through a difficult situation” or “Tell us how you balance multiple priorities as deadlines approach.”

Fall Selection Process

Both RA and APA candidates will participate in two pre-employment trainings that will take place one day a week during the weeks of January 20th and January 27th. Pre-employment training will consist of information and activities that will help you learn more about Residential Life, our student staff positions, and your leadership abilities. You will also sign up for an individual interview time, which will happen between Thursday, February 6th, and Sunday, February 9th.  Once your application is turned in you will sign up for specific pre-employment class dates and individual interview times.

The Fall 2014 application timeline is as follows:


When you fill out and turn in an application, you are applying for both the Academic Peer Advocate position and the Resident Assistant position. As a department we interview for both positions and then place people into positions based on their qualifications, interviews, and where we think each person would most benefit our students.

Each part of the Student Staff application is important.  You should pay particular attention to the neatness of your application and the grammatical construction of your essays. Overall application presentation and written work are of particular importance when the Office of Residential Life is making distinctions among many outstanding candidates. Part of the application process includes the references you receive. It will be your job to first ask if someone would be willing to serve as a reference, and if they agree, to follow up with them to ensure the form is completed before the reference deadline. You will be given information about when the reference form goes live; however, reference forms will be sent directly to your references.

You must have two references; one MUST be from a Residential Life staff member (Resident Assistant/Academic Peer Advocate/Community Assistant/Leadership Peer Advocate/Assistant Hall Director/Area Director). Your other reference should be from someone who can talk about your leadership experience, work experience, or classroom leadership (Organization Advisor/Boss or Supervisor/Professor/Pastor/etc.).

Click Here for Fall 2014 Student Staff Application! (Due Friday, January 10th at Noon)


Contact the Residential Life Office at (812) 237-3993, or Alex Dresen, Chair of the Student Staff Selection Committee, via e-mail at