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MSU Student Leadership Opportunities

IAOP The Rock side-by-side.jpgThere are many ways to get involved as a student leader. Explore your purpose and discover your passions.  Here are just a few of the student leadership opportunities available at MSU.

Resident Assistant in the Neighborhoods

Over 340 Resident Assistants work within MSU's 27 residence halls and apartment communities to provide a positive on-campus living experience for the 15,000 students who call our campus home each year. The Resident Assistant is a live‑in student team member in Residence Education and Housing Services. Resident Assistants are provided with free housing and dining on campus. 

Learn more about how to become a Resident Assistant

Intercultural Aide in the Neighborhoods

Intercultural Aides live and work in residence halls to build genuine relationships across difference. They collaborate with Residence Education and Housing Services staff to build community on their floors and within their buildings. Intercultural Aides are provided free housing and dining on campus. 

Learn more about how to become an Intercultural Aide

MSU Student Government

There are three student government groups at MSU that provide students with leadership opportunities. 

  • Associated Students of Michigan State University (ASMSU) - undergraduate students
  • Council of Graduate Students (COGS) - graduate students 

  • MSU Residence Halls Association (RHA) - graduate and undergraduate students who live on campus

Learn more about how to join an MSU Student Government

Prevention, Outreach and Education Department Peer Educators

Peer Educators facilitate workshops designed to promote awareness and safety in the MSU community. They will be responsible for promoting an atmosphere conducive to educating and empowering MSU students to become active bystanders and allies.

People of all genders and identities are needed to lead these workshops. Experience in sexual assault and relationship violence prevention or response is encouraged, but by no means necessary. Great candidates are people who are enthusiastic, comfortable with public speaking, being in leadership roles, express a willingness to learn, and are able to connect with other students.

Learn how to become a Peer Educator.


Office of Study Abroad Peer Advisor 

The Office for Education Abroad hires MSU students who have already studied abroad to serve as Peer Advisers Peer Advisors are trained to help students learn more about the education abroad opportunities abroad at MSU and provide walk-in advising in the Education Abroad Advising Center in the International Center. 

Learn more about how to become a Study Abroad Peer Advisor

American Semester Program Summer (ASP) Steward Program

The American Semester Program serves non-degree seeking study abroad and exchange students who come to MSU for a semester, year, or summer short course. In the summer students primarily come from Australia and China, as well as Europe and Latin America. Summer Stewards are vital to a successful summer of Short Courses with the American Semester Program. Each year, ASP seeks to hire four full-time Stewards to help run programs in July and August. 

Learn more about how to become an ASP Steward

Other Peer Advisor Positions on Campus

You can search for other Peer Advisor positions on campus on Handshake. Handshake is used by campus and community organizations to post jobs and other opportunities for students. To search for Peer Advising positions on campus, type in "Peer Advisor" into the search feature in Handshake.

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Graduate Student Leadership Institute  

The Graduate School Leadership Development Fellowship is a year-long, cohort-based program. It was created to build a stronger and healthier graduate student community at MSU by preparing, supporting, and providing space for graduate student leaders to engage in change-oriented within their disciplines, College, the institution more broadly, and indeed the world. The program takes a holistic approach to graduate student professional development and success. This is a funded experience through which Leadership Fellows are supported through peer-networks, mentorship, and development opportunities. Fellows themselves range in terms of background, identities, and experiences. That said, an explicit goal of this program each year is to develop a cohort that reaches across the Colleges. As such, typically one fellow per College is selected. 

Learn more about the Graduate Student Leadership Institute and how to apply as a Fellow next year.