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Be An Orientation Counselor


"Looking to have the BEST summer ever? Be an OC! You get to make lifelong friendships, welcome new Cougs, have fun, and get paid!!!" — OC Nick

It takes a talented and dedicated Coug to become a successful Orientation Counselor "OC" at Washington State University Pullman. OCs gain valuable experience in public speaking, group work, presentation, and leadership skills. OCs also have a unique opportunity to connect to WSU Pullman as a representative of the student body and a link to faculty and staff.

Working as an OC is an extremely rewarding position. Many OCs form long-lasting friendships during their tenure, both with students and staff. Almost unanimously, OCs cite helping students, families, and supporters as one of the most gratifying experiences of their college careers. If you want to help create an exciting, transformational, and fun experience for our incoming Cougs, apply to be an OC!


  • Must be an undergraduate student during the Fall 2023 and Spring 2024 semesters and be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours each semester.
  • Students who graduate in May 2024 are eligible to be OCs!
  • Must enroll in UNIV 497 for the Spring 2024 term, Tuesdays/Thursdays from 2:55pm-4:10pm.
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 and be in good academic standing.
  • Must be available full-time during the summer. Taking summer courses during training and New Coug Orientation is not encouraged, but taking summer online courses may be possible. 
  • Must be available to work from May 16-July 28 and during Week of Welcome, August 10-17, 2024, (unless you have graduated from WSU in May 2024). Accommodations can be made for time off with timely notification. 
  • Selected applicants must pass a background check prior to employment.


  • $16.28 per hour ($24.42 per hour for each overtime hour that is worked)
  • Orientation uniforms and swag
  • Campus Partner gifts
  • Free meals will be provided to all staff members while working NCO sessions
  • Free Summer housing in residence halls (if staff member chooses to live in residence hall)


Contact Orientation and Transition Programs, Monday thru Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


NOTE: Please include your full name, WSU ID Number, and if making a call, clearly leave your phone number.

Application Timeline

  • Complete your Application.
  • A member of our Orientation and Transition Programs team will reach out to you to schedule a quick interview.
  • Limited positions available, apply SOON!

NOTE: Dates are subject to change without notice. Please check back often.

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Welcome to Washington State University Pullman
Be An Orientation Counselor