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MSU Student Leadership Opportunities

IAOP The Rock side-by-side.jpgThere are many ways to get involved as a student leader. Explore your purpose and discover your passions.  Here are just a few of the student leadership opportunities available at MSU.

Resident Assistant in the Neighborhoods

Over 340 Resident Assistants work within MSU's 27 residence halls and apartment communities to provide a positive on-campus living experience for the 15,000 students who call our campus home each year. The Resident Assistant is a live‑in student team member in Residence Education and Housing Services. Resident Assistants are provided with free housing and dining on campus. 

Learn more about how to become a Resident Assistant

Intercultural Aide in the Neighborhoods

Intercultural Aides live and work in residence halls to build genuine relationships across difference. They collaborate with Residence Education and Housing Services staff to build community on their floors and within their buildings. Intercultural Aides are provided free housing and dining on campus. 

Learn more about how to become an Intercultural Aide

MSU Student Government

There are three student government groups at MSU that provide students with leadership opportunities. 

  • Associated Students of Michigan State University (ASMSU) - undergraduate students
  • Council of Graduate Students (COGS) - graduate students 

  • MSU Residence Halls Association (RHA) - graduate and undergraduate students who live on campus

Learn more about how to join an MSU Student Government

Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence (SARV) Peer Educator

SARV Peer Educators are undergraduate students who are trained to facilitate freshmen workshops designed to promote awareness and safety in the MSU community. They are responsible for promoting an atmosphere conducive to educating and empowering incoming students to become active bystanders and allies at MSU. SARV Peer Educators receive a $20 stipend for each workshop they facilitate. 

Learn more about how to become a SARV Peer Educator

Office of Study Abroad Peer Advisor 

The Office for Education Abroad hires MSU students who have already studied abroad to serve as Peer Advisers Peer Advisors are trained to help students learn more about the education abroad opportunities abroad at MSU and provide walk-in advising in the Education Abroad Advising Center in the International Center. 

Learn more about how to become a Study Abroad Peer Advisor

American Semester Program Summer (ASP) Steward Program

The American Semester Program serves non-degree seeking study abroad and exchange students who come to MSU for a semester, year, or summer short course. In the summer students primarily come from Australia and China, as well as Europe and Latin America. Summer Stewards are vital to a successful summer of Short Courses with the American Semester Program. Each year, ASP seeks to hire four full-time Stewards to help run programs in July and August. 

Learn more about how to become an ASP Steward

Other Peer Advisor Positions on Campus

You can search for other Peer Advisor positions on campus on Handshake. Handshake is used by campus and community organizations to post jobs and other opportunities for students. To search for Peer Advising positions on campus, type in "Peer Advisor" into the search feature in Handshake.

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Student Life Leadership Development Programs 

Everyone has the potential for leadership at any point in their college experience. Student Life Leadership Development Programs are a combination of experiential learning opportunities, skill development, and self-assessment programs. 

Learn more about Student Life Leadership Development Programs