Student Leadership Opportunities

student leaders on campus in from of ImmaculataWe are so excited you are interested in serving our USD community!  We are now recruiting students leaders for the following positions: Commuter Assistants, OLÉ! Team, Resident Assistants, Scholastic Assistants, and Transfer Scholastic Assistants.

These student leader roles help facilitate a sense of belonging and connection at USD by providing peer-to-peer support, hosting social and educational programs, and building a sense of community. With the talent, energy and spirit of our student leaders, our university stands well-positioned to provide a true liberal arts education that challenges students to “learn broadly and think deeply.” 

Please see below for more information about each of these roles, the recruitment and selection timeline, as well as links to the application and interview sign-ups.

If you have any questions about these roles or the application process, please contact

Role Descriptions

  • Commuter Assistant
  • OLÉ! Team
  • Resident Assistant
  • Scholastic Assistant
  • Transfer Scholastic Assistant

Student Leader Core Competencies

The Student Leader Core Competencies define the knowledge, skills, and abilities we strive to develop in student leaders as they serve in their respective roles. These competency definitions inform the recruitment and selection processes (application and interview questions), training and development content, and assessment of student leader progress toward the competencies.

Please read through our Student Leader Core Competencies attachment for more information. 

Recruitment and Selection Timeline

Please note this timeline applies to the CA, OLÉ! Team, RA and SA roles. The TSA timeline is below. 

Priority Application Timeline

  • January 15th: Student Leader Application opens
  • February 14th: Application Deadline 
  • February 15th - 23rd: Anti-Racism Training
  • February 25th & 27th, March 2nd & 3rd: Individual Interviews 
  • Week of March 15th: Decision Letters sent
  • March 28th: Deadline to accept student leader role

Extended Application Timeline

  • March 10th at 11:59pm PDT: Application Deadline
  • March 11th-16th: Anti-Racism Training 
  • March 17th - 20th: Individual Interviews

All applicants will be offered an interview. Positions will be offered based on availability after the priority application process is complete.

TSA timeline 

  • January 15th: Student Leader Application opens
  • March 10th: Application Deadline 
  • March 11th - 16th: Anti-Racism Training
  • March 17th - 20th: Individual Interviews 
  • March 24th: Decision Letters sent
  • April 7th: Deadline to accept student leader role
student leaders standing on steps in front of residence hall buildings

Information Video and Q&A Meeting

In previous years, student leader applicants were required to attend an in-person Information Session about our Student Leader Roles. In light of the ongoing pandemic, we have recorded a video of the Information Session so students can learn at their own pace. We highly recommend you watch this Information Session Video. (Please note the video states that the TSA application timeline is due by March 15th, however this has since been changed to March 10th.)

After watching the video, we encourage you to attend a Questions and Answers (Q&A) meeting. We are offering 1:1 Q&A meetings to provide the opportunity for you to speak with an advisor or current student leader in the role you’re interested in, ask questions regarding the application or interview process, seek clarification on a role description, or ask questions or debrief your anti-racism training. 

If you would like to schedule a 1:1 Q&A meeting, please email with the position(s) you're interested in and your general availability. 

Application and Application Questions

We encourage you to complete the application questions in a separate document, and copy and paste your responses to the Qualtrics application. Link to the questions can be found here: Application Questions

Once you have completed your application questions separately, please fill out the formal application, linked below! Reminder - no late applications will be accepted. If there are still role openings, the application will re-open for a second round. 

Student Leader Application

Interview Registration

Please visit the link below to sign-up for an interview time. Be sure to sign-up for an interview for each position you have applied to! 

Interview Registration

Anti-racism Training

All prospective student leader applicants will be required to complete a training on anti-racism as a mandatory component of the recruitment and selection process. Student leader applicants will not be evaluated or selected based on the information they share in these trainings, but are required to complete the training to continue in the application process. The addition of this training supports our continued commitment to working towards anti-racism at USD and helps student leaders to understand our expected values of equity, inclusion, and social justice.

Information on how to complete this training will be sent to your USD email address on Monday February 15, 2021 (March 11, 2021 for TSA applicants).

Frequently Asked Questions

Please visit the linked PDF below for some frequently asked questions we get each year. If you have any additional questions or would like more information, feel free to reach out at!

Student Leader FAQs