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Student Leader Selection


Amanda Dermer

Campus Life Office

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999



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Student Leaders play a vital role in shaping the Knox College experience. While our leadership opportunities are diverse, each has the common goal of enhancing campus life, complementing the academic experience, and upholding the College's values of critical thinking, inclusivity, respect and support. Student Leaders are able to effect change on campus through mentoring, advocacy, peer education and program development. They experience the fulfillment of service as well as the added benefit of marketable skills such as communication, conflict resolution, and time management.

Ready to apply?  Head to the job posting on Handshake

Applications for the 2022-2023 academic year open on January 3rd, 2022 are due January 16th, 2022.  

Watch this tutorial video on how to apply.

Selection Process

Student Leader Selection is the hiring process for 16 Student Leader positions. The process consists of:

  • a common application (applicants may also view the application rubric),
  • group interview process (required for all new applicants),
  • individual interviews with supervisors, if invited,
  • and successful completion of the IDIS 130: Introduction to Leadership 0.5 credit course, taken by new student leaders in the Spring term at no charge to the student.

To apply for the Student Leader positions, you will need:

  • A resume tailored to being a Student Leader
  • An appropriately formatted cover letter that explains your skills and interests in being in a Student Leader position, addressed to the Student Leader Hiring Committee
  • Contact information for 2 references (NOT reference letters)
    • A Knox faculty or staff member
    • A current Student Leader

We encourage you to have your resume and cover letter reviewed by the Center for Career Success and to utilize Handshake resources on how to best write and format both your resume and cover letter!  Contact the Bastian Family Center for Career Success:, stop in and see them (Alumni Hall - 222), or schedule an appointment. They are there to help!  We expect both your resume and cover letter to be correctly formatted.

Group interview process:

  • Applicants* are required to participate in one group interview
  • Group interviews will take place during Week 5 of winter term
    • Feb. 1st 4-6 PM
    • Feb. 2nd 7-9 PM
    • Feb. 3rd 4-6 PM
  • Consists of participating in 2-3 activities in a small group of other applicants
  • *Applicants who have been previously hired into a Student Leader position do not have to participate in the group interview process.

Need to prep and practice interviewing? Big Interview is a free resource for you!

Listing interest in a specific position on the application does not guarantee a student will be offered an individual interview for that position.  A candidate's application, group interview, individual interview, and overall team composition in each position will be considered by supervisors when making hiring decisions.  We encourage you to attend one of the information sessions to learn more about the process. If you have questions about the process please contact the Assistant Director for Campus Life, Amanda Dermer.

Selection Timeline

The Student Leader application opens January 3rd on Handshake and is due by January 16th!

If you are interested in learning more about becoming a student leader, we encourage you to attend an information session.  Information sessions will include additional details about the selection process and may provide an opportunity for students to talk to other Student Leaders who currently hold the available positions and their supervisors.

Fall term information sessions:

  • Nov 10th, 4 PM, Trustees Room

Application Opens: January 3rd

Winter term information sessions:

  • Jan 6th, 4 PM, Trustees Room
  • Jan 11th, 7 PM, Via Zoom - Online Link will be shared

Applications Due: January 16th

Group Interview Activities: Feb. 1st 4-6 PM, Feb 2nd 7-9 PM, Feb. 3rd 4-6 PM, Alumni Hall (new student leader applicants are REQUIRED to attend one group interview session) 

Individual Interviews: February 14th-18th

Decision letters sent: Feb. 28th

Acceptance due: March 4th

Job Descriptions

Admission Ambassador

Admission Residence Hall Host

Admission Student Engagement Ambassador 

Alumni Ambassador

Counseling Services Peer Educator 

Dare to Care (D2C) Peer Educator 

Disability Services Peer Educator 

Intercultural Life (IL) Peer Educator 

Interfaith (IF) Peer Educator

International Ambassador 

Orientation Leader (OL)

Peer Career Leader (PCL)

Resident Assistant (RA) 

SPARK Peer Mentor

Stellyes Center Peer Educator

TRIO Team Leader

Interested in more than one position?

Check out this graphic to see what positions conflict and what positions can be held at the same time. 

Ready to submit your application?

Apply by going straight to the Handshake job posting or by searching for "Student Leader" on Handshake! Remember, applications are due January 16th.

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