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Interested in becoming a leader on campus? Here are some student leadership opportunities in Student Activities.

Orientation Coordinator (OC)

OCs provide leadership, mentoring, and guidance to the Orientation Leaders as they prepare them to serve the incoming students during orientation in August. OCs are responsible for elements of orientation planning and implementation, OL training, and information sessions. This position requires dedication, a servant heart and a commitment to Pepperdine's Christian mission. Students must have served as an Orientation Leader (OL) in order to be eligible to apply for the position of Coordinator and must be available for training prior to NSO. There are approximately 6-8 positions available.

Application Deadlines
Applications Open: Monday, February 13
Deadline to Apply: EXTENDED to Friday, March 10
Interviews: Wednesday, February 15 – Friday, March 10
Faculty/Staff Recommendation Due: Friday, March 17

Orientation Leader (OL)

OLs help new students move into their residence halls, assist with informational sessions, participate in new student activities and are available to answer general questions. OLs must attend training sessions prior to NSO and are required to serve through the duration of NSO. There are approximately 100 positions available.

Application Deadlines
Applications Open: Monday, March 6
Deadline to Apply: Monday, April 3
Interviews: Monday, March 13 – Friday, April 7
Faculty/Staff Recommendation Due: Friday, March 31

Student Programming Board

The Student Programming Board is a committee of appointed Pepperdine student leaders dedicated to planning, organizing, and executing events that bring students together. The Board hosts campus events throughout the year, each designed to foster community and give students a college experience that is unique to being a Wave.

Application Deadlines
Applications Open: Monday, February 20
Deadline to Apply: Monday, March 20
Rolling Interviews: Wednesday, March 8 – Monday, March 27
Professional + Peer Recommendations Due: Friday, March 24

Inter-Club Council (ICC)

ICC invests our portion of the Campus Life fee each semester in student clubs, retreats, event programming, and organization initiatives. ICC Executive Board supports our nearly 100 student organizations with classroom reservations, technological needs, brainstorming, leadership development, purchasing, and event support. 

Application Deadlines
Information Session: Wednesday, February 15 at noon in Fireside Room
President Applications Open: Monday, February 20 – Wednesday, March 8
President Election: To be determined
E-board Application Open: Monday, March 27 – Friday, April 7
E-board Rolling Interviews: starting on Monday, April 3

Student Government Association

SGA is dedicated to providing the students of Pepperdine University with quality representation through innovative advocacy programs. When a need arises SGA strives not to just pass that concern on to the administration, but to create and implement real solutions for the student body. Governed by an elected executive board, class presidents, senators, and appointed directors, SGA has several committees that work with administrators, faculty, and staff across the University to address student needs.

Application Deadlines:
Applications Open: Elections Packets available at the end of February
Candidates Meeting (mandatory): Wednesday, March 15
Election Day: Wednesday, March 22

Transfer Mentors

Transfer mentors are students who previously transferred to Pepperdine and want to serve the transfer population. During the fall and spring, they serve as orientation leaders, helping new students move in and transition to their new home. Throughout the year, they host transfer families and various transfer events. 

Application Deadlines:
Applications Open: Monday, March 6
Deadline to Apply: Friday, March 24

Student Wellness Advisory Board

The Student Wellness Advisory Board seeks to promote health and wellness on campus through healthy minds, healthy bodies, and healthy communities. Our Healthy Minds branch partners with the Pepperdine Counseling Center to bring awareness to issues surrounding mental health and self-care. Our Healthy Bodies Branch partners with the Pepperdine Health Center and Campus Rec to promote overall physical wellness including nutrition, movement, and health care. Our Healthy Communities branch partners with Pepperdine’s Title IX Office to bring awareness to issues surrounding relationship violence and to advocate for healthy relationships. 

Application Deadlines:
Applications Open: Friday, February 24
Deadline to Apply: Friday, March 10
Interviews: March 27 – April 10


Other Leadership Opportunities

There are many other opportunities to get involved in a leadership role in other areas/departments around campus. See below for a few of those opportunities.

  Pepperdine Ambassadors Council (PAC)

The Pepperdine Ambassadors Council (PAC) is a small, diverse, well-rounded cross-section of Pepperdine University’s student population. PAC exists to serve as a link between the student body and the greater Pepperdine/Malibu community. Members represent Pepperdine at high profile university and LA/Malibu events, enjoy relationships with top Pepperdine Leadership, and benefit from networking and one-on-one mentoring. 

Application Deadlines:
Applications Open: TBD
Deadline to Apply: TBD
  Student-Led Ministries

We have two existing opportunities for students to get involved with leadership in Connect Ministries. The Spiritual Leadership Cohort exists to provide student ministry leaders the opportunity to participate in a vibrant cohort of student leaders who desire to learn and be formed in the ways and teachings of Jesus through developmental trainings, communal shared experiences, and practical application in an area of spiritual leadership/service that aligns with their interest and gifting.

  Student Employment

There are various types of jobs available on-campus and off-campus. Our office encourages students to find opportunities to earn extra income and meaningful job experience while in school. For more information, please visit our on-campus jobs website.