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Application questions

  • Is the online application the only way to submit?
  • Yes. The application is only offered online. If a student is out of the country or experiences technical difficulties accessing the application, he or she should contact for alternate methods.

  • Does good grammar matter?
  • Yes. We look at your use of punctuation and your ability to write complete and coherent sentences. Written communication is a helpful indicator of how someone communicates verbally. You will lose points on your application if your grammar is poor.

    Have someone else read over your application. You would be amazed by how differently your application reads to another individual. Their eyes may catch something that you did not see.

  • Is there a minimum GPA?
  • Yes. All Ambassadors must have a minimum 2.75 GPA in Ohio State course work.

  • Do I need to list two references?
  • Yes. We ask for the names and contact information of two references so we can send a survey to all references for candidates who are offered individual interviews. References should NOT submit letters of recommendation until asked by our office.

  • Do I need to submit a resume?
  • No. The application gives you space to list your co-curricular involvement. This replaces the need for a resume.

  • How can I be professional in my application?
  • There are a variety of ways to submit a polished application:

    • First, please remember that when you click “submit,” you cannot change your application. Please copy and paste your essays, as you are unable to save the application as you fill it out.
    • Structure your responses like you would for a class paper. That means using paragraphs, punctuation, sentences and complete thoughts.
    • Answer the questions asked. Be sure that the essays you write actually answer the questions and relate to the prompts.
    • Take a moment to read over your application. Make sure you’re not missing any material.
    • Finally, you should have fun. If nothing else, the application should get you thinking about the memories, connections and relationships you have formed during your time at Ohio State.
  • If I am not selected, can I reapply?
  • Yes! Many ambassadors currently on staff applied several times for the position.

  • Can summer hires stay for the school year?
  • Yes! It is expected that once hired to start in the summer, you will tour throughout the school year as well.

Work questions

  • What does the “two availability” requirement mean?
  • “Two availabilities” means you must be able to work two standard tour shifts during the week (M-F). Standard shifts are 9:30 a.m. to noon and 1:30-4 p.m. Two availabilities on a single day are also sufficient to meet this requirement. It is also expected that you will be available to tour two to three Saturdays per semester. Students can always tour more if tours are available.

  • What is the pay rate?
  • The starting pay rate for University Ambassadors is $9.51 per hour. Students may be eligible for merit-based raises.

  • How many guests should I expect on my tour?
  • Our group size is typically 15 to 17 guests per ambassador.

  • If I am interested in studying abroad or working at an internship, can I still work as an Ambassador?
  • Yes! We recognize these are great opportunities and want you to be able to take advantage of them. University Ambassadors is a student employee position so we try to be flexible with your schedule. Students that leave campus for a term can be “inactive” and return to the Ambassador program once they return to campus. However, you must be available for the duration of the semester in which you are hired.

Training questions

  • When is training week?
  • Summer 2018 Ambassador Training Days are May 11-19.
    Autumn 2018 Ambassador Training Days are September 28, 29 and 30, and October 5 and 7.

  • Is housing provided?
  • No. Housing is not provided during training weeks. It is our expectation that students will have acquired housing either through the residence halls or off-campus residences.

  • When is a newly selected Ambassador allowed to tour on their own?
  • After a new Ambassador completes the training week, there are additional training steps to prepare them for touring. Once a new Ambassador completes the certification process, they are able to tour independently.

  • How much of training is paid?
  • All training meetings, tours and parts of the certification process count as paid time.

    If you have any additional questions, please contact us.