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 job description, you will need to complete an application through the Orientation and Transition Programs website. The application will ask for demographic 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, so please be ready to provide that information. It is important to ask your recommenders for their permission before putting their names down on your application. At least one of your recommenders must be a current Miami employee (current/former SOULs and RAs do count as Miami employees).

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 December 1, 2019 at 11:59pm, and the final deadline is January 8, 2020 at 8:00am. Should all of your application materials be in by December 1, the advantage is that you will know whether or not you receive a group interview by December 13, 2019. Applicants who apply by the January 8th deadline will hear about whether or not they have a group interview by January 27, 2020.

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 2020 are also eligible to apply. We are looking for a variety of students to connect with the incoming first-year class, 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 word requirement but we ask that you do not exceed 500 words (unless otherwise specified).

What is important to know about the recommendation form?

In addition to your written application, we must also receive two recommendation forms on your behalf. One of these recommendations must be from a current or former Miami employee. Former or current Miami employees include the following: managers, faculty, staff, former SOULs, and current/former RAs. If needed, we will also take letters of recommendation from organization presidents. These 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 letters of 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 group interview?

During the group interview 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. Please bring one item that is meaningful to you that will help us understand you better, and be prepared to share briefly about the item. Appropriate dress for the interview is business casual. It may be helpful to note that there will be Miami staff members observing your interactions throughout the group interview. 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!

What are some helpful tips for the 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 SOUL Leadership Assistant, Orientation & Transition Programs Program Associate. Individual interviews will last between 30-60 minutes. Appropriate dress for the interview is business casual.

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 2019 will take place on Thursdays from 6:30 - 8:30pm.