Work with CFYE!

We’re looking for leaders. We’re looking at you.

The UW-Madison Center for the First-Year Experience (CFYE) is hiring for a variety of paid position related to working with new students and introducing them to campus. Employment at CFYE has come to benefit our student staff members in many ways: including exposure to mentoring techniques and diversity, as well as improving their leadership, communication, and facilitation skills. These employees will be the face of the university at #UWSOAR at #WiWelcome for incoming students as well as assist in new students’ transition to UW-Madison.

“Working for CFYE allows me to combine my creativity, desire to learn, and love for socialization all in one stellar job opportunity!”

– Darby Hoffman, Social Media Intern


Positions we are hiring for include:

New Student Leaders (NSLs):

Each year, CFYE hires undergraduate students to help incoming students and their parents/ guests transition to university life through Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration (SOAR) as well as Wisconsin Welcome. An ideal candidate would be: an individual who has strong public relations skills and maturity of judgement. A team player with the ability to communicate effectively and commit to a rigorous schedule. A resourceful and motivated leader with patience, flexibility, and willingness to learn. This position requires a summer and early fall time commitment.

Orientation Assistants (OAs):

OAs serve as one of the first contacts for new students and families by answering questions via phone and e-mail during SOAR registration and by connecting in person during SOAR check-in. Was coordinate the daily operations of the SOAR office and support CFYE’s “home” office during the academic year. Was are independent, outgoing, and reliable. They are hired to work in ai fun, team-oriented environment and play an integral part in providing logistical support to he CFYE office, SOAR, and Wisconsin Welcome. These employees have the opportunity to work during the summer or in a year-long commitment.

“CFYE provides a space for me to  creatively collaborate with ideas and diverse voices to generate positive experiences for new students, while simultaneously challenging me to develop as a communicator and designer.”

– Cassidy Johnson, Communication and Design Intern

Undergraduate Teaching Fellows (UTFs):

Undergraduate Teaching Fellows co-teach the Wisconsin Experience Seminar (Counseling Psychology 125) alongside a current university faculty of staff member. This course is a one-credit, semester-long class that helps incoming students make a successful transition to UW-Madison. Each section enrolls up to 20 new freshmen or transfer students. Fellows must be reliable, collaborative, and enthusiastic. They should also be comfortable with facilitating conversations with a group of peers. Semester-long commitments are required.

Transfer Ambassadors (TAs):

Each year, CFYE hires undergraduate transfer students to support new students in their transition to UW-Madision. Transfer Ambassadors offer both group activities and one-on-one check-ins throughout the academic year to facilitate campus involvement, promote a sense of belonging to the UW-Madison community, and serve as a resource during transfer students’ first semester on campus. Students in this position must also be creative, flexible, organized, inclusive, and positive role models of The Wisconsin Experience.


Use your specialized skills to pursue an intern role to support CFYE. Intern specialities include:

  • Communications
  • SOAR Program support
  • Design & Photography
  • Logistics
  • Academic (classroom) support
  • or SOAR advising support.

“My job at CFYE makes me feel so connected to campus and allows me to impact the lives of first-year students!”

-Leah Leonidas, Web Design Intern 


For position descriptions and application materials, visit the ‘Employment‘ page on CFYE’s official website. For questions, contact our office via phone (608)263-0367 or email at

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