Student Volunteer Opportunities
As a student volunteer, you will help shape the Pomona community and meet your potential new classmates. Volunteering with the Office of Admissions is the most direct way for current students to introduce prospective students to the Pomona community. Your unique insights are invaluable in helping our guests gain an accurate and well-rounded perspective on the College as they decide if it’s a good fit for them. Volunteering is also a great way to gain work experience, build your résumé and/or prepare to apply for a paid position with our office. You can apply and commit to more than one program at a time.
Prospective students are invited to stay overnight on campus on Monday through Thursday nights during October, November, February and early March, excepting holidays and breaks. We rely on volunteer hosts to enable these stays and introduce prospective students to life at Pomona. Additionally, admitted students are invited to stay overnight on any weeknight throughout the month of April. First-year students often make the best hosts because they share much in common with admitted students and usually have an innate sense of the college jitters that their guests may feel. This position requires that you attend a mandatory training session and ensure a safe and productive visit for our overnight guests. We will also be hosting on Sunday, April 8 and Sunday, April 15, which are high-need nights before Admitted Students Day programs.
Additionally, current students are needed to host admitted students for three nights for the Spring Perspectives on Pomona (POP!) Weekends and Explore Pomona programs that welcome students from diverse backgrounds who are traditionally underrepresented in higher education to experience the Pomona College campus. Program dates are forthcoming.
Sign up and register as an overnight host, or for any of our visiting programs.
A Slice of Pomona
We strive to offer admitted students as many opportunities to visit campus as possible during April. A Slice of Pomona is a half-day program that allows admitted students to experience a morning or afternoon in a Pomona student’s life. The admitted student will join you for a meal, class and anything else you have scheduled for that day. When volunteering, you can sign up for a morning (9 a.m. – 12 noon) or afternoon (12 noon – 4 p.m.). Please only sign up for days and times when you have a Pomona class.
Take Pomona Home
This is a fun way to share your Pomona College experience with high school students when you go back home over winter or summer break. We don't expect you to be an expert on admissions. Instead, Take Pomona Home provides a way for you to help younger students learn more about Pomona College by sharing your own story about how you found Pomona, why you chose it and what your college experiences have been like. You will be provided with informational admissions materials and given assistance in planning your presentation. To volunteer as a Take Pomona Home ambassador, contact Ariana Gonzalez-Bonillas.
Paid Opportunities for Students
We welcome current students to apply for paid positions in our office during the summer and academic year to assist with daily programming and build your knowledge of the admissions process. Qualified applicants will be enthusiastic, responsible and have strong communication skills.
Terms: Academic Year (Sept. – May, excluding winter break); Winter (first two weeks of January)
Admissions Interns are engaged students who are knowledgeable about Pomona College, have developed meaningful connections across campus and are excited to serve as representatives of the College. Paid positions are available for the full school year and the winter break. School-year interns are expected to work at least 6 hours per week and one Saturday during the fall semester. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, responding to admissions email queries, coordinating hosting, assisting with diversity fly-in programs and Admitted Students Days, answering phones, assisting visitors and leading tours. Mandatory training will take place the first week of the fall semester. Applications for the full-time winter break intern positions are available in November. Applications for the school-year intern positions will be due March 20.
For more information about the Intern positions, contact Cris Monroy '14.
Term: Summer (May 14 – Aug. 24)
Summer Fellows support the work of the Office as tour guides, liaisons and coordinators during the summer, from late May through August. The Summer Fellows will be primarily responsible for greeting guests and leading tours. Four part-time positions are available for up to 30 hours per week. On-campus housing is included. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, conducting tours, preparing packets and letters for special tour groups, answering phones and greeting visitors and assisting admissions staff with programs and projects. Applications for the Summer Fellows positions are due March 20.
For more information about the Summer Fellow position, contact Cris Monroy '14.
Campus Tour Guides
Term: Academic Year (Sept. – May)
Tour Guides are often the first and most important person visitors meet and remember from their time on Pomona’s campus. Tour guides lead visitors on hour-long tours of the campus. By the end of the semester, guides will have mastered the fine art of walking backwards, developed public speaking skills and learned more about Pomona than they could possibly imagine. This position employs students for up to 4 hours each week and requires that attendance at a mandatory training session. Responsibilities include leading tours as needed, including special and group tours and some Saturday tours (fall only), greeting guests and being available for admissions-related panels. The position is not open to first-years, but we strongly encourage other enthusiastic students to apply.
For more information about the Tour Guide position, contact Tom Campbell.
Note: There are also a limited number of part-time tour guide positions available during the summer for up to 5 hours per week between May and August.
Head Tour Guides
Head Tour Guides are the leaders for the Tour Guide program. They will work closely with Admissions Officers to hire, train and coordinate their peers. Strong candidates for the position will have shown leadership through their previous work with the Office as tour guides and will act as mentors for future guides. In addition to the responsibilities required of Tour Guides, each of the four Head Guides will have a specific focus (recruitment/training, scheduling/operations, special tours, professional development) and will work 4-6 hours each week, with additional hours available as needed for high-volume times of the year. Head Tour Guide applications are due in April.
For more information about the position, contact Tom Campbell.