Student Volunteer Opportunities
The Office of Admissions has officially notified all admitted students of their acceptance into the Class of 2021! Now we are looking for dedicated student volunteers to lend a hand as our guests visit campus this spring. 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.
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. General hosting begins April 3 and runs Monday-Thursday nights. We will also be hosting on Sunday, April 9 and Sunday, April 23, 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 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:
- Spring Weekend I: Sat, April 8 – Tues, April 11 (hosts needed Saturday through Monday nights)
- Explore Pomona: Mon, April 17 – Wed, April 19 (hosts needed Sunday through Tuesday nights),
- Spring Weekend II: Sat, April 22 – Tues, April 25 (hosts needed Saturday through Monday nights)
To sign up as an overnight host, or for any of our visiting programs, please register here.
A Slice of Pomona
We strive to offer admitted students as many opportunities to visit campus as possible. 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 slot (9 a.m. – 12 noon) or afternoon slot (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 Tina Brooks.
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 are available here and are due in April.
For more information about the Intern positions, contact Tieisha Tift.
Term: Summer (May 15 – Sept. 1)
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, in addition to playing an instrumental role in developing the Tour Guide program for the following academic year. 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 available here and are due in April.
For more information about the Summer Fellow position, contact Tieisha Tift.
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. Tour Guide applications are available here and are due in April.
For more information about the Tour Guide position, contact Sam Schreiber.
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 available here and are due in April.
For more information about the position, contact Sam Schreiber.
QuestBridge Tour Guides
Term: Saturday, May 20, 2017
In May 2017, Pomona will be the first liberal arts college to welcome several hundred visitors to campus as host of the QuestBridge National College Admissions Conference, a day-long college access conference for rising seniors from low socioeconomic backgrounds. QuestBridge Tour Guides will play an important role in creating an enjoyable experience for them. As representatives of the College, you will present a well-rounded Pomona experience and be both welcoming and engaged as you meet, greet and guide prospective students, families and educators. Previous experience with Admissions is not required. This position requires students to complete a mandatory training and work up to 8 hours on the day of the conference. QuestBridge Tour Guide applications are available here and are due April 14, 2017.
For more information about the position, contact Jazzmin Estebane.
Higher Ed Interns
The Higher Education Internship Program offers students the opportunity to expand their knowledge of the higher education landscape by gaining a hands-on understanding of college admissions. Fellows will participate in the day-to-day workings of an admissions office but will also create and execute a self-directed project, focused in the areas of higher education which excite them most.
Applicants will be asked to submit a rough outline detailing (1) the higher education topic they intend to explore and (2) the tangible results they hope to obtain by the end of their internship. For successful applicants, this outline will act as a starting point from which Fellows will, in collaboration with their supervisor, craft their self-directed project. Fellows will be asked to present their work upon the completion of their internship.
Previous work in higher education or the Pomona College Office of Admissions is not required to apply. Successful applicants will be expected to work approximately four hours per week, dividing their time between daily office work and their self-directed project. Work will be paid hourly at a rate of $10.50. Applications for the Higher Ed Intern positions are available here and are due April 16.
For more information about the Higher Ed Intern position, contact Slade Burns.