The RA Corner

Application

Are you thinking about becoming a resident advisor (RA) next year? Apply online and submit all supplemental materials no later than 5 p.m., January 16, 2014 to the Office of Residence Life, located in Smith Hall on East Campus.

Please remember that an internship with Residence Life requires an average of 20+ hours per week. It is a 24/7 ministry.

What Does an RA Do?

The resident advisor internship is designed to provide a living and learning experience for the student who desires to grow in a unique manner. The RA experience offers students a hands-on program that combines both intensive training and practical experience in the areas of interpersonal relations, counseling referral, handling confrontation, personal development, activities programming, and administrative responsibilities. The resident advisor serves as a representative of the university and is therefore expected to practice the utmost in Christian commitment, character, and integrity with residents, faculty, staff, administration, and the outside community.

While the RA experience is primarily for educational purposes, it is also a student leadership position with certain expectations and requirements. The following list describes the expectations and requirements of the position. Students chosen for the RA experience, and who accept this responsibility, are expected to commit wholeheartedly in each of these areas.

  • Time commitment: 20+ hours a week
  • Have and maintain at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA
  • Adhere to the Student Leadership Covenant
  • Refrain from the use of alcohol and tobacco throughout their appointment
  • On/off campus employment/volunteer work is to be kept to a maximum of 15 hours/week.
  • Academic enrollment is to be kept to a maximum of 18 units per semester.

Sample Time Commitment

1-on-1 with Your Residence Director 1–2 hours weekly
Living Area Staff Meeting 2 hours weekly
On-Duty Responsibilities 1–2 evenings weekly
Interacting with Residents 4–6 hours weekly
Planning and Implementing Living Area Events 10–12 hours monthly
RezLife Family Time 2 hours monthly
RezLife Community Events 5 hours semester

What does a Community Advisor Do?

The community advisor internship is designed to provide a living and learning experience for the student who desires to grow in a unique manner. The CA experience offers students a hands-on program that combines both intensive training and practical experience in the areas of interpersonal relations, counseling referral, handling confrontation, personal development, activities programming, and administrative responsibilities.The community advisor serves as a representative of the university and is therefore expected to practice the utmost in Christian commitment, character, and integrity with residents, faculty, staff, administration, and the outside community.

Each community advisor is assigned to a position within one of the university’s residence halls where she/he will live and be responsible for assisting the residence director with the day-to-day operation of the residence hall. The CA helps with the development and implementation of social and educational programs within the living area, as well as assists with building community among the residents and staff. In addition, the CA will directly supervise the Living Area Counsel (LAC). The CA is regularly mentored by the residence director of their area. Each living area is different; therefore, each experience will vary accordingly. Nonetheless, the responsibilities and expectations as specified are required of each community advisor.

If you have any questions, please contact Kelly Schlenz at (626) 815-6146 or kschlenz@apu.edu.