Volunteer Opportunities

It takes over 1,000 volunteers to make Syracuse Welcome happen. Become a volunteer for Syracuse Welcome and help welcome the newest members of the Orange family to campus each August!  There are a variety of volunteer positions available:

Transfer Transitions Leader

Applications due Monday, February 24, 2020

The Transfer Transitions Leader Team are a driving force in assisting incoming transfer students with their transition to Syracuse University.

The goal of the Transfer Transitions Team is achieved through hosting monthly social for transfer students, hosting workshops related to resources and services available at SU, and providing a space for transfer students to meeting informally with Transfer Transitions Leaders and other transfer students.

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Serve as a resource for all incoming transfer students
  • Mentor new transfer students throughout their first semester at SU
  • Attend bi-weekly Transfer Transition Team meetings with the other Transfer Transition Leaders
  • Host a minimum of 1 social program per month with the other TTLs and FYTP staff


  • Be a transfer student
  • Earned at least 12 credits at Syracuse University
  • Maintain at least a 2.50 GPA
  • Be in good judicial standing (conduct and academics)
  • Commit to the Transfer Transition Team for the entire fall 2020 semester

Questions? Email Jimmy Luckma at jwluckma@syr.edu or call 315.443.1012.

Click here to complete the Transfer Transition Leader Application

Goon Squad

Since 1944, when the Traditions Commission established the Goon Squad, Goons have been helping incoming first-year and transfer students adjust to college life and spread school spirit throughout campus.  In the early days, squad members would lead cheers at football games and host such events as the annual Goon Show.  Goons also used to make sure first-year students wore their beanies, indicating first-year status.  Today, Goon Squad members are best known as the friendly group of returning students who greet first-year and transfer students as they arrive on campus and help them move into their residence halls.

For more information, visit goonsquad.syr.edu.

Syracuse Welcome Faculty/Staff Volunteers

Volunteers are needed to greet new students and their families during move-in, decorate the campus, and assist with a variety of social events. Approximately 3,700 new first-year and transfer students are expected to arrive in August and your volunteer efforts will ensure they begin their SU experience on the right foot. We welcome all SU faculty, staff, alumni and friends to volunteer, so please feel free to spread the word!

For more information, visit swvolunteers.syr.edu.

Orientation Leaders

An Orientation Leader (OL) is an ambassador for Syracuse Welcome to help incoming students transition to Syracuse University. They assist with move-in, help facilitate large scale events, and serve as a resource for all Orientation and Syracuse related questions. Orientation Leaders are selected after an application and interview process that occurs each semester.

For more information, visit the Orientation Leader website. 

Welcome Ambassadors International

A Welcome Ambassador International (WAI) is a student volunteer that assists incoming international students in making a successful transition to Syracuse University. They provide support with international student check-in, guide new students around campus, and serve as a resource for all International Student Orientation and Syracuse University related questions. Welcome Ambassadors International are selected after an application process.

For more information, visit the Welcome Ambassadors International page.