International Peer Orientation Leader (iPOL)

International Peer Orientation Leaders (iPOLs) are undergraduate or graduate students who assist ISSS with welcoming new international students to Miami University. iPOLs play an integral role in shaping a positive orientation experience for new international students and preparing them to achieve success at Miami University.


  • Serve as a resource in answering questions about Miami University, the Oxford community, and life in the U.S.
  • Connect new international students with university resources and introduce them to university policies
  • Facilitate small group discussions about cultural adjustment
  • Plan and facilitate orientation activities (cultural and/or recreational)
  • Assist with airport pick-up transportation and helping students move into the residence halls with their luggage
  • Assist with document check, TB tests, and orientation sessions
  • Respond promptly to emails regarding your schedule and work responsibilities

Required Qualifications

  • Enrolled full-time at Miami University as an undergraduate or graduate student
  • Completed at least one semester at Miami University at the time of application
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.5 at the time of application
  • Preferably, have no other obligations during your employment as an iPOL
  • Effective cross-cultural communication skills and cross-cultural sensitivity in working with students from diverse backgrounds
  • Ability to direct students to appropriate campus units or resources, and answer questions
  • Punctual, reliable, flexible and enthusiastic
  • Ability to proactively solve problems and take initiative to assist ISSS staff to improve the quality of orientation
  • Ability to work both independently and as a team member
  • Excellent leadership, communication, and listening skills
  • Ability to plan and lead recreational activities


  • Hourly rate (paid training)
  • Professional leadership development
  • On-campus housing during the first week of orientation (if available and living on campus)
  • iPOL clothing

Important Dates

Application Timeline

Accepting applications November - February

Group Interviews in February-March

Individual interviews March

Hiring March/April

Training in April/May/August

International Student Orientation

iPOL Training and Preparation: August 14-16, 2023 (anticipated)

Orientation Program: August 17-27 (anticipated)

Please note, iPOLs must be available for this entire duration.

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At this time, Fall 2023 applications are closed. Please check back soon for future opportunities!