Each year OIS welcomes more than 1,000 new international students to NC State. In order to provide these students with a warm Wolfpack Welcome, we rely heavily on orientation volunteers. Our two primary volunteer opportunities are Small Pack Leaders, who support new graduate students before their arrival and during Graduate Orientation, and Small Pack Undergrad (SPU) Leaders, who work with new undergraduate students and help OIS with Undergraduate Orientation. Both opportunities include extensive training and support from the Office of International Services staff and campus partners, and provide leadership opportunities that strengthen the campus community and global learning.
Please note: Because International Undergraduate Orientation and International Graduate Orientation occur on the same day, volunteers are not able to serve as both Small Pack Leaders and SPU Leaders in the same semester.
Small Pack Leaders (SPLs)
Small Pack Leaders (SPLs) directly support new international graduate students and play an integral role in answering basic questions from a group of 25-30 new students about the university and Raleigh before their arrival to campus. Small Pack Leaders also assist their new international students during International Graduate Orientation. Applicants can be current graduate students, undergraduate students, international dependents or community members. Visit the Small Pack Leader webpage to learn more and to apply.
Small Pack Undergrad (SPU) Leaders
Small Pack Undergrad (SPU) Leaders provide fundamental support to new undergraduate international students by serving as a peer mentor for an entire semester, beginning with orientation. SPU Leaders introduce new students to campus life at NC State and available academic and campus resources, and generally helping them acclimate to life in Raleigh. Applicants must be current undergraduate students and commit to serving as ambassador for one full semester. Visit the Small Pack Undergrad (SPU) webpage to learn more and to apply.
Additional Orientation Volunteer Opportunities
During the two weeks before classes begin, volunteers are needed to assist with check-in for new international students. Check-in volunteer responsibilities include collecting students’ documents to be scanned by OIS staff and answering new student questions before the Check-in Presentation by an OIS advisor. Volunteers can sign-up for either a morning or afternoon shift.
This is a distinct group of volunteers who are interviewed and selected by OIS to serve in both an advisory and hands-on capacity to plan New International Graduate Student Orientation in the spring and the fall. Anyone interested should contact Lauren Ball at firstname.lastname@example.org. Benefits include gaining professional skills in event planning and working closely with a diverse group of students who quickly become friends!