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Urban New York Trip Leader Application

Applications Are Now Closed

The Urban New York Trip Leader applications are closed.  Check back during the spring semester to apply for next years team. 

Trip Leader Position Description

Urban New York (Urban NY) Trip Leaders (TL) will work under the supervision of the Assistant Director of Student Engagement at Columbia University and Program Director of Arts Education at Barnard College. Columbia University Urban NY Trip Leaders are a volunteer based position; all applicants must in good academic and judicial standing.  The positions are open to all undergraduate students in Columbia College (CC) or School of Engineering (SEAS) who are incoming 2nd, 3rd, 4th+ year students for the 2017-2018 academic year.  In-coming first-year students are ineligible to apply.  The TL will assist and support with the planning and implementation of Urban NY, is responsible for the communications between the winners, those on the waitlist, and faculty/staff attendees of each trip.  The TL will advertise and promote the various lotteries, and leads 1-4 trips a semester.  In addition, they will assist in strengthening the program and support their fellow TL's in becoming a strong and cohesive team. 

POSITION APPOINTMENT: 2018-2019 Academic Year
HOURS: Average 5 hours per month
TRIP LEADER BENEFITS: Attend multiple Urban New York trips and events for free

For more information about the program, visit the Urban New York Home Page as well as the Lottery Rules and Regulations.

Responsibilities & Expectations

  • Trainings

    • Attend and participate in the Urban New York Trip Leader Trainings at the beginning of each semester
      • Fall Semester Orientation and Training - Thursday, September 6, 2018*
      • Spring Semester Orientation and Training - Thursday January 24, 2019 *
    • Attend all the required team meetings

*Dates subject to change

  • General Duties
    • Attend staff meetings and meet all deadlines for assigned tasks
    • Research potential Urban New York ideas
    • Assist in compiling lists of events for each lottery with details and descriptions of every trip
    • Help maintain up-to-date and accurate information on the Urban New York website
    • Assist with advertising each lottery and the Urban New York program
    • Assist with managing Urban New York social media presence
    • Met with Coordinators of the program for a debreif meeting after each trip
  • Communication
    • Respond to all related emails within 24-48 hours
    • Compose and submit a report of each trip using the Event Summary Form and checklist
    • Contact and send reminders to lottery winners and those on the waitlist with the trip details and logistics by the expected deadlines
    • Contact and stay in communication with the participating faculty or staff member attending the trip with the trip details and logistics
    • Follow up with the trip attendees after each outing with a survey/assessment
    • Keep the Assistant Director of Student Engagement updated on all correspondence and information regarding each trip and fill out required documents and tracking sheets
    • Assist assessment surveys and feedback for each trip 
  • Trips
    • Lead 1-4 trips per semester
    • Prepare a full “Trip Packet” before each event
    • Prepare the route to and from each trip location
    • Manage the check-in process for the winners, those on the waitlist, as well as those waiting for standby
    • Facilitate introductions/ice breakers before each trip and communicate rules and expectations for the outing
    • Prepare and facilitate debrief conversation with the group after trips when necessary
    • Return the final roster for each trip to the Assistant Director of Student Engagement
    • Take and save/submit pictures of each trip for Urban New York social media, archives, and future use
  • Other Duties as Assigned

Required Qualifications

  • Must be enrolled as a Columbia University undergraduate for the 2017-2018 academic year in Columbia College or Columbia Engineering
  • Must be in good academic and judicial standing (semester prior to and during your time as a Trip Leader)
  • Must have a cumulative G.P.A of  2.5 (minimum)
  • Must be an incoming 2nd, 3rd, 4th+ year student (in-coming first years students/freshman are ineligible to apply)


Student Engagement


515 Alfred Lerner Hall
2920 Broadway
New York, NY 10027

Call: 212-854-3612

Fax: 212-854-6972

Office Hours
9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.