Frequently Asked Questions

I'm interested in applying to be a SOUL. What do I need to do?

Great! We're so excited that you'll be applying for the position. After you've reviewed the SOUL position description, you will need to complete a SOUL application. The SOUL application will ask for personal and academic information, your co-curricular involvement, your most up-to-date resume/activity sheet and the names of two people who will submit recommendation forms on your behalf. Please be ready to provide that information. It is important to ask your references for their permission before putting their names down on your application.

When is the SOUL application due? Does the priority deadline give me an advantage?

There are two due dates if you are applying for the SOUL position. The priority deadline is November  23, 2020 at 8:00am, and the final deadline is January 10, 2021 at 11:59pm. Should all of your application materials be in by November 23, the advantage is that you will know whether or not you receive a first round interview by December 8, 2020. Applicants who apply by the January 10th deadline will hear about whether or not they have a first round interview by January 25, 2021.

Should I apply if I am unsure of my summer availability?

Yes! If you are interested in the SOUL position, but you are also looking at other summer opportunities, you should definitely still apply. If for some reason you decide that the SOUL position is not for you, you may withdraw your application at any time. If nothing else, you will get experience in application and interview processes.

Should I apply even if I'm not bubbly and outgoing?

Yes! There is no specific "SOUL personality". We want to hire students that have a diverse set of leadership styles, backgrounds, and personalities. Once you are hired as a SOUL, you will take a 2-credit, graded, EDL 290F class, work with a mentor, attend a retreat, and participate in training. These tools will give you all the everything you need to be an amazing SOUL.

Who can apply to be a SOUL?

Any undergraduate first-year, sophomore, or junior student on the Oxford campus can apply to be a SOUL. Seniors who plan to stay through Fall 2021 are also eligible to apply. We are looking for a variety of students to connect with the incoming Miami students, and that includes students in every class year. As a note, if you are graduating in May of this academic year, you will not be eligible to be a SOUL.

Does my major play a factor in the hiring process?

Yes and no. We certainly want a variety of majors on our team, but we aren't looking very specifically at majors. For example, we probably do not want an entire team of one major, but other than that, major is not a huge factor in our decision making. In fact, the SOUL position allows students from all majors to gain skills that employers are looking for (teamwork, public speaking, problem solving, strong work ethic, etc.), making it a great alternative internship opportunity.

Are the SOUL information sessions required?

No. However the information sessions are helpful to learn more about the position, application process, and interview process. These sessions are a great way to get questions about the SOUL position answered and hear from individuals who have had the SOUL experience!

How much should I write for the essay questions on the application?

The point of the essay questions is for us to get to know you and learn about your experiences. Please write answers that help us to know you better. There is no minimum or maximum word requirement for responses, but we do ask that you are thorough and thoughtful.

What is important to know about the recommendation form?

In addition to your written responses, we must also receive two recommendation forms on your behalf. You may choose to ask teachers/professors, mentors, coaches, supervisors/managers/employers, Miami student leaders (like RAs or SOULs), etc. to submit recommendation forms on your behalf. Recommendation forms from family members or family friends will not be accepted.

Recommendation forms must be submitted to us in order for your application to be complete. However, we do not need to receive your written application and recommendation at the same time. While your references may submit the recommendation forms ahead of you completing your application, know that each reference you list will receive an email from us with the link to fill out the form.

What are some helpful tips for the first round of interviews?

During the first round of interviews, you will participate in group challenges. We want to get to know you and see how you work in a team dynamic. For these reasons, please come prepared to interact with other students in a series of activities. While we understand there is some level of pressure associated with being observed, please know that we are just trying to get to know you better and that observations are not meant to cause stress. Ultimately, our goal is go get to know you better, so please be authentically you! Additional details about the first round of interviews will be available in January 2021 when we can make the best decisions for health and safety given the COVID-19 pandemic.

What are some helpful tips for the second round individual interview?

The individual interview is our opportunity to get to know you better as an individual. Be prepared to answer a series of questions that will prompt you to talk about yourself, your experiences, and what makes you unique. Two staff members will facilitate your interview. You will meet with either the Director or Assistant Director of our office, and one of the following people: Orientation Student Coordinator, Director of Parent & Family Programs, Coordinator of Orientation and Transition Programs, Graduate Assistant, or Orientation & Transition Programs Program Associate. Individual interviews will last between 30-60 minutes. Appropriate dress for the interview is business casual. Details about format of the interview (in-person vs. online) will be available in early February.

Can I take summer classes while I am a SOUL?

We want you to be successful in both the classes you take and your SOUL role and the SOUL schedule does not allow time for classes you may want to take in late May and June. However, if a class takes place in July or August, you can certainly take it.

I know that SOULs will take a version of EDL 290: The Nature of Group Leadership. What if I have already taken EDL 290?

No problem! EDL 290 can be taken multiple times in different forms. It will not count as duplicate credit on your transcript. The EDL 290F class for spring 2021 will take place on Thursdays from 6:30 - 8:30pm beginning on March 11.