Student Involvement and Leadership

Interested in Student Leadership at PLU?

Student Involvement and Leadership has many different opportunities for you to develop your leadership skills.  Check out the information on this page to get the details!

PLU Leadership Fellow - Emerging Leaders

The Leadership Fellows implement programs, workshops and social events for first-year students involved in the PLU Emerging Leaders program. Fellows will engage in regular reflective leadership practice, meet regularly with a leadership mentor and share their skills and experiences with other student leaders in and around the PLU community.  Experience in event planning and active participation in a PLU club or organization is preferred.

Studying away this Spring?

The majority of our student staff selection takes place in March, but you can apply and interview for leadership positions the Fall before you leave. Be in contact with the PLU professional staff member who oversees the area you are interested in, and he or she will work with you on an early application process. Many offices also offer Skype interviews for students who are studying away.

EXPLORE! Student Coordinator

Pacific Lutheran University is dedicated to helping students consider their vocation, or the meaning and purpose they find in life, by offering various campus opportunities.  One of these opportunities, The EXPLORE! retreat for first year students, is sponsored in part by Student Involvement & Leadership.  The EXPLORE! Student Coordinator is involved in all aspects of the logistical planning for both programs and is responsible for recruitment of student leaders and participants.  This position requires an ability to relate well to a variety of constituents including peers, new students, faculty, and staff. Graphic design and advertising experience preferred. 

Clubs and Organizations Intern

Internships in Student Involvement and Leadership offer students with demonstrated leadership experiences the opportunity to enhance their leadership skills, as well as promote engagement and leadership among their peers. The Clubs and Orgs interns will have the opportunity to design and implement ways to help connect the 70+ different formally recognized PLU clubs with resources and opportunities throughout the campus. By establishing relationships and supporting behind-the-scenes planning, interns help nurture a healthy campus climate for the overall success of clubs and other student organizations. The SIL Club and Orgs Intern pursue two key objectives: to advance the mission of Student Involvement & Leadership; to create a welcoming and responsive hub for clubs at PLU.

Web and Print Design Intern

The Office of Student Involvement and Leadership is dedicated to producing quality external communications for students, faculty and staff both in print and on the web. The Intern will practice graphic and web design skills by assisting with the development of materials working with and coordinating projects for the SIL staff. Possible projects will include but are not limited to print design, promotional material design, and web design and development. Software knowledge: Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator (CS2); interest in and knowledge of XHTML, CSS, and standards based web development is desired. Preferred knowledge of Cascade (but not required).

Late Night Programmer

Late Night Programmers are students with a demonstrated ability to be creative, collaborative, and effective in event planning.  These students work as a team to develop evening and weekend programming options for PLU students during fall, J-Term, and spring semesters.  Late Night Programmers work with members of the Parkland community and other PLU organizations to provide engaging, fun programming options; the SIL team encourages students to consider new, innovative ideas in programming.  Examples of past Late Night Programmer events include: gift card bingo night, 90's dance in the Cave, and laughter yoga. 

Diversity Advocate

Diversity Advocates are leaders who create their experience of what “Diversity” means to them.  Through working with their supervisor, other Diversity Advocates, and other campus partners, Diversity Advocates share their passions (social justice, diversity, privilege, etc) with the PLU community.  It offers students with demonstrated leadershipp experiences the opportunity to enhance their leadership skills, promote engagement and leadership among their peers and develop collegial relationships with faculty and staff.  Advocates design, implement and assess programs and help to connect emerging leaders with opportunities throughout the campus.

Diversity Advocate - International Programs

Diversity Advocates offer students with demonstrated leadership experiences the opportunity to enhance their leadership skills, promote engagement and leadership among their peers and develop collegial relationships with faculty and staff.  Advocates design, implement and assess programs and help to connect emerging leaders with opportunities throughout the campus. Advocates have the unique opportunity to collaborate with SIL Interns, Rieke Scholars, Residential Life, and staff, faculty, and other departments on campus to implement campus programs.

Student Involvement and Leadership Front Desk Worker

Another opportunity to be involved (and make some money) is to be a SIL Front Desk Worker.  These students provide a welcome reception for students and guests to the SIL suite  Hiring for these positions occur year round.

Other Campus Opportunities

Are you interested in joining Student Government, Student Media, or working with a club or student organization?  ASPLU elects positions in the spring and fall semesters, and is always looking for concerned students to become involved.  Student Media offers several ways for students to get involved through The Mooring Mast (newspaper), KCCR (radio), KCNS (TV), Saxifrage (literary arts journal) and The Matrix (social justice journal). Residential Life has many different opportunities for you to develop your leadership skills.  You can be a Resident Assistant, Community Assistant, or get active in the PLU Residential Hall Association which helps connect our community through active participation in the Residence Halls. Orientation offers current students the chance to get welcome new Lutes.