New Student Orientation Community Coordinators

New Student Orientation Community Coordinators

As part of the Mission and Goals of New Student Orientation (NSO), Community centers and offices play a vital role in NSO in building community and providing resources, programming, and support to new students (and their families) as they adjust to life at Stanford. Community Coordinators (CCs) assist professional staff with the planning and execution of each community’s NSO events while also gaining valuable leadership skills. The specific events for which CCs are responsible vary by community; CCs get the opportunity to develop events with guidance from staff.

Undergraduate students who will be enrolled for the 2020-21 academic year are eligible to apply for a CC position. 

NSO Communities & Community Centers/Programs:

About the Community Coordinator Position

In the spring and summer, Community Coordinators will work approximately 2-5 hours per week on event/budget planning and preparing summer communications. CCs must stay in frequent contact with NSO staff over the summer to adjust and finalize plans, address logistical needs, answer questions, and make decisions as necessary. Typical CC responsibilities include: 

  • attend a required CC training session with NSO staff in mid/late May
  • meet with center/program staff to discuss NSO programs
  • plan and communicate event ideas and financial needs to NSO staff
  • recruit, support, and engage Community Orientation Volunteers (COVs)
  • coordinate meetings/communication with COVs and staff
  • prepare summer communications for new students

In the fall, CCs must return early to campus on Sunday, September 13, and should expect to work through the end of NSO on Sunday, September 20. (ISOC CCs return to campus on Friday, September 11 to prepare for ISO.) During this time CCs will manage prep tasks with COVs, assemble materials and supplies, attend/facilitate planning meetings, assist with general NSO preparations (e.g. dorm decorations), implement events, and continue to work with their designated community team until all NSO and post-NSO events have concluded. A final report with event summaries, recommendations, and reflections is due to NSO staff by October 30.

While each CC's time commitment will vary, significant work is required for all CCs and as such they may not hold a residence staff position (e.g. RA, ETA) in 2020-21 or participate in any pre-fall programs (e.g. Sophomore College, Arts Intensive, SPOT leader). The requirements and training required for both CC work and all of these other opportunities directly conflict in September, and students who try to manage both have not been successful.

Application Process for Community Coordinator 2020

Students interested in AANSOC, BROC, CLOC, FLOC, ISOC, NAOC, RLOC, and/or the Transfer Program should complete the CC application posted below. Once we receive your application, the respective community or office will reach out to you for next steps.


NOTE: The Markaz: Resource Center, Queer Student Resources,  and Women’s Community Center have a separate application for their selection process. Students should apply to them directly (see below instructions) and do not need to complete the CC application:

  • MOC: Contact the Markaz staff to apply for the Frosh Experience Coordinator position.
  • QSR: Contact QSR staff for the Big 5 Coordinator position the first week of April.
  • WCC: Contact the WCC staff to apply for the NSO & Intern Program Coordinator position.


Early Arrival and Meals

One of the perk of being a CC is that your early arrival housing and meals are covered by NSO (the period before Autumn Quarter housing begins). CCs are required to return to campus on Sunday, September 13 to move in and be prepared for responsibilities beginning that night. NOTE: CCs must have on-campus housing for Autumn Quarter 2020-21 in order to be granted early arrival privileges. If you do not have on-campus housing for autumn quarter, but would still like to serve as CCs, you must make your own local housing arrangements.

Leadership Development

All Community Coordinators get the opportunity to develop a multitude of skills during their tenure with their respective community center/office and NSO. Community Coordinators get to plan events, collaborate with campus partners, and build connections with fellow Stanford students. Community Coordinators also get to recruit other fellow Stanford students (Community Orientation Volunteers) to implement events together to welcome the next class of new students. 


Each center/program determines how it will compensate its CC(s). If applicable, a stipend payment will be processed once the final report is submitted. 



For questions about a specific CC position, please contact the center or program with which you would like to work. For questions about NSO more generally, please contact Joanie Ly at