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Orientation Committee and Crew Captain Information

New Student Orientation Program (NSOP) 2019 committee members and crew captains

Orientation Committee

Applications for 2020 NSOP Committee are closed.

The New Student Orientation Program (NSOP) Committee consists of four students from Barnard College, four students from Columbia College and Columbia Engineering and one student from the School of General Studies. These student leaders play an integral role in the transition process for incoming students beginning in the spring and continuing throughout their first week on campus.

Committee members are required to attend a weekly training session in the spring semester and work over the summer. Please review all the expectations and important dates below prior to applying. Committee members receive a stipend of $3,795 in the summer along with summer housing.

Questions about the NSOP Committee? Please email

Important Dates and Expectations

Please review the important dates and information for the 2020 NSOP Committee. Students must be available for all dates listed below to be considered for the positions. 

  • Attend weekly committee trainings in the spring semester on Fridays at 9:00 a.m., which begin on Friday, February 14
  • Participate in crew captain and orientation leader individual interviews, as schedules permit
  • Attend the Orientation Programs Study Break on Wednesday, May 6, 2:00–4:00 p.m.
  • Attend and participate fully in the NSOP retreat, which takes place Tuesday, May 26–Thursday, May 28
  • Work a total of 24 hours per week in June and July
    • Schedule is flexible but members must be available for Committee and Joint-Social meetings on Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m.- noon, during June, July and August.
  • Work Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., (40 hours per week) in August and throughout Orientation week (August 30-September 7)
    • Additional hours may be required during the week of orientation
  • Week of vacation scheduled for week of June 29
  • Work under the supervision and expectations of Undergraduate Student Life and Student Engagement to coordinate school-specific and joint programs and events
  • Develop minute-to-minute briefs to assist in the facilitation of all programming
  • Maintain an organized programming calendar for NSOP
  • Contribute content information for the NSOP schedule book
  • Attend all scheduled meetings and events in a timely manner
  • Engage in dialogue to plan and improve the NSOP program as a member of the NSOP Committee
  • Assist NSOP staff and student leader coordinators in the selection and training of crew captains and orientation leaders


  • Free housing during interim periods and summer terms
  • $3,795 stipend to be paid throughout the summer 
  • One week off during the summer

Crew Captain

Applications for 2020 NSOP crew captains are closed.

Crew captains (CCs) are an essential part of NSOP. They are the liaison between the NSOP Committee and the orientation leaders (OLs), and they directly impact how OLs will work as a team to welcome new students. Each CC is assigned a crew of OLs who they are responsible for managing throughout the duration of NSOP. They begin by training their OLs on how to successfully interact with new students. Throughout NSOP, they manage the tasks assigned to their crew by the NSOP Committee. Crew captains accomplish these tasks by communicating with and delegating jobs to their OLs and then holding them accountable, usually through a detailed nightly email explaining the next day’s events. CCs must project a positive and enthusiastic attitude toward Columbia University and NSOP to new students and OLs at all times.

If you are interested in becoming a crew captain but are studying abroad for the spring semester, please use this application to apply.

Questions about crew captain positions? Please email

Important Dates and Expectations

  • Support the NSOP staff and Committee with student leader selection
  • Serve as a resource to orientation leaders throughout the summer as they prepare for NSOP
  • Always maintain a positive attitude towards Columbia University and NSOP
  • Respect and follow the directions of the NSOP Committee and the NSOP staff
  • Oversee and advise a group of orientation leaders throughout the NSOP program, including training, and assist with questions or concerns as they arise
  • Assist in the implementation of programs throughout NSOP, including staffing events and helping with processes as assigned throughout the program
  • Attend the NSOP Crew Captain Meet-and-Greet on Friday, March 6, 1:302:30 p.m.
  • Attend the Orientation Programs Study Break on Wednesday, May 6, 2:00–4:00 p.m.
  • Move in early for fall training on Monday, August 24, 9:00 a.m.–noon (training will start promptly after move-in)
  • ​Execute other responsibilities as assigned by NSOP staff
  • Attend an individual interview that will be scheduled between Wednesday, February 19Friday, February 21
  • Be available at all times for training and assignments throughout the duration of NSOP, which concludes on Monday, September 7
    • Note: Schedules and assignments will not be available until move in; although there will be free time, crew captains should expect to work every day of NSOP



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