Becoming a campus ambassador

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Campus ambassadors are some of the most influential people on campus. For 175,000 annual campus guests, a student ambassador is the first person they have contact with, shaping visitors’ first impressions of the university. As representatives and advocates for the university, they personify the excellence and diversity of the campus community.

Being a campus ambassador is a fun, varied and flexible job. Students who are excited about the chance to share their college experience with campus visitors are encouraged to apply.

The 2018-2019 application is now open! The application will be due on Friday, December 7 at 5pm. No late applications will be accepted.

You must attend at least one information session to be considered:

  • Wednesday, October 17 from 5-6pm (information on Facebook here)
  • Thursday, November 8 from 4-5pm (information on Facebook here)
  • Tuesday, November 27 from 5-6pm (information on Facebook here)

Please put the following dates in your calendar in the event you’re selected to continue in the application process. Both of these events are mandatory.

  • Audition: Saturday, January 26, 2019, 8am-5pm in 150 University Hall
  • New Ambassador Orientation: Saturday, February 2, 2019, 8am-2pm at the Koret Visitor Center

If you have any questions, email vps.hiring@gmail.com.

Sharing the history and culture of the campus, as well as their experiences as a Berkeley student, ambassadors help people get to know and appreciate UC Berkeley. As prospective students and their families primarily gain knowledge about a university though campus tours, campus ambassadors can play an important role in college decisions.

Campus ambassadors lead tours; serve visitors at the Visitor Center and the Campanile; support parent programs; and staff special events such as Cal Day, Homecoming and Move-In Weekends, as well as a growing number of other unique assignments.

Visitor Services offers walking tours for individuals and families (prospective and newly admitted students, tourists, and alumni) and groups (middle and high school students, distinguished guests, donors, guests of campus departments, and government officials). Tours are usually 1-1 1/2 hours long.

At the Visitor Center, ambassadors act as campus concierges by greeting guests, signing guests in for tours, providing information, and answering questions.

At the Campanile (Sather Tower), ambassadors staff the ticket desk and assist in elevator operation.

Ambassadors must be available to work a minimum of 10 hours a week, and normally work 5-7 hours a week. Visitor & Parent Services operates seven day a week from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. Ambassadors are scheduled to work as their availability permits. New ambassadors are required to work their first summer (mid May-mid August). Being an ambassador is a fun and rewarding job, but remember that it provides only a limited number of hours of work a week.

Students who:
Reflect the diversity of the student population.
Are active on campus and in the community.
Love to share their enthusiasm for the university.
Have customer service experience.
Speak multiple languages (a plus).

Submit your application by the published deadline. Qualified applicants will be invited to a comprehensive group audition. Hiring and training take place in January and February. New ambassadors will generally begin to lead tours in April.