Interested in becoming a UW Environment Undergraduate Student Ambassador?

We are now accepting applications for new Ambassadors to join the program for the 2023-2024 academic year. There are open positions for every major! To apply please complete the application form by midnight on Friday, May 5th.

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Who are the UW Environment Undergraduate Student Ambassadors?

Our Student Ambassadors are undergraduate students in College of the Environment majors who represent the College at events in the community and on campus. Audiences include current UW students, prospective high school students and their families.

What do Student Ambassadors do?

Ambassadors share their Husky experiences and support prospective students during their college/major decision process. There are a wide variety of ways for student ambassadors to get involved:

Interact with prospective students (high school and transfer):

  • Answer prospective student questions about the College of the Environment
  • Create a web student profile where future students can learn about your academic path
  • Guide future students and their families on tours of College of the Environment buildings
  • Take students to class during “Shadow a UW Environment Husky” events

Welcome recently admitted students (April):

  • Email recently admitted students to welcome them to the College of the Environment community and connect them with resources
  • Host admitted students for our “Shadow a UW Environment Husky” program (an admitted student will shadow and attend classes with you for half a day)
  • Engage in Admitted Student Preview event programming

Represent the College of the Environment at Events:

  • Student Panels (exploring majors, careers, etc.)
  • Environmental Career Fair (February)
  • Admitted Student Day (March or April)
  • Earth Day Celebration (April)
  • College of the Environment Visit Day (July/August/September)

What’s the time commitment like?

Typical time commitment for volunteers is 2-6 hours/month, with increased opportunities to get involved during the months of April (Admitted Student Previews), July/August/September (Visit Day), and October (Application Season). We ask Student Ambassadors to commit to participating in the program through one academic year but you are welcome to continue with the program through the summer after graduation. Freshmen welcome!

Student Ambassadors are required to:

  • attend one full day of training at the start of each academic year, the Tuesday before the start of autumn quarter
  • attend monthly meetings each quarter (weekdays, one per month; typically 4:30-6pm)
  • volunteer for at least two events each quarter, typically 2 hours minimum per event
  • Complete a background check and online training modules through the Office of the Youth Protection Coordinator as required for our work with minors (about 40 minutes for the training)
  • attend one diversity, equity and inclusion training each year (varies but typically 3 hours)
  • meet with prospective students for shadows as requested (varies, heaviest workload in Spring quarter)

What will I get out of this experience?

  • Develop Skills and Boost Your Resume
    Perfect your elevator pitch, develop leadership, communication and public speaking skills.
  • Build Community
    Welcome and support future members of our community while connecting with your peers across our 8 undergraduate majors.
  • Good Karma
    You will help future students explore UW and College of the Environment majors and will provide them with the tools needed to be successful in their first quarters at UW.
  • Mentorship
    Receive training and mentorship throughout the program, access ambassador-only career development/networking opportunities, and receive letters of recommendation on request.