Resident Advisors

Our mission is to create spaces and learning opportunities that promote engagement, wellness, spiritual formation, and diversity in order to support student efforts to become God-honoring difference makers. The Resident Advisor internship provides a living and learning experience for undergraduate students who desire to grow in a unique manner while serving residential students in our on-campus living areas.

The RA experience offers students a live-in leadership position that combines intensive training and practical experience in the areas of interpersonal relationships, counseling referral, confrontation and conflict management, spiritual formation, diversity, personal development, activities programming, and administrative responsibilities. The RA serves as a representative of Azusa Pacific University and is therefore expected to practice the utmost in Christian commitment, character, and integrity with residents, faculty, staff, administration, and those the outside the APU 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, tobacco, and marijuana 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.

Remuneration includes a scholarship covering the full cost of your housing assignment designated by your RA placement, utilities, and a meal plan scholarship classified as the Cougar Traditional meal plan. The scholarship is to be applied to your student account at Azusa Pacific University, covering room and board.

Sample Time Commitment
1-on-1 with RD/GRD/AD 30 minutes-1 hour weekly
Living Area Staff Meetings 2 hours weekly
On-Duty Responsibilities 1-2 evenings weekly and shared holiday duty
Intentional Conversations with Residents 4-6 hours weekly
Planning and Implementing Living Area Events 10-12 hours monthly
RA In-Services and Additional Training and Development 4-6 hours per semester
Welcome Weekends and Checkouts First and last weekends of semester

Sample time commitment varies pending the needs of your assigned living area. More information about specific details and dates can be found in the Resident Advisor Internship Agreement.


Are you thinking about becoming a resident advisor (RA) next year? Apply online and search for the job posting titled “Resident Advisor.” The application process for the 2022-23 academic year begins in November 2021. Contact for more information.

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