Resident Assistant Selection

RA Staff standing outside

About the Position

As a Resident Assistant (RA), students assume responsibility for:

  • Creating an inclusive and safe community built upon respect.
  • Being present and engaged with creating a community within the residence halls.
  • Maintaining the highest level of legal and safety compliance within the residence halls.
  • Representing Residence Education and Housing Services appropriately.
  • Communicating appropriately with supervisors, staff, and residents.

RAs receive a single occupancy room, an unlimited meal plan, and a membership to the Quad Core Fitness Center (when open) as compensation for serving in the position. Meals will be provided during all training activities and break coverage.

Application Process

The application will open on Monday, November 8, 2021 and close at 5pm on Monday, January 31, 2022. The application includes some general personal information as well as reflection pieces to help us learn more about your interest in the position. Applications can be found here.

Interview Process 

The RA interview process will have three components this year and will be scheduled for about 50 minutes.

  • Question and Response- candidates will be asked a set of questions focused around the position and will have time to respond to each.
  • Community Development- candidates will prepare a community building activity and present the idea to the interviewer group and answer a few follow-up questions.
  • Student Support and Connection- candidates will act out a standard initial check-in with an interviewer pretending to be a resident and follow up on a common student issue.

More in depth information will be sent out closer to the interview. We understand that candidates will not have trained on these skills yet. The goal with these is to prompt candidates to think about key aspects of the position and demonstrate key skills we look for in RAs, such as interpersonal communication, community building, and critical thinking.

Currently, we plan to offer in-person interviews with Zoom options for students who may not be able to be on-campus. We encourage all candidates to look at the resources offered through Career Services if they need assistance preparing. The interview process will take place February 16-20, 2022. Offer letters are expected to be emailed out on March 4, 2022.

Required Information Session

All RA applicants must attend an information session to be considered for a position. There will be an in-person information session on November 10, 2021 at 7:00pm in the Wadsworth Hall Classroom (G42). There will be an virtual information session on Thursday, December 2, 2021 at 7:00pm over Zoom.

Can't attend either of the info sessions? Email aemarsh1@mtu.edu to receive a recording.  

There will be an optional question and answer session with current RAs on Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at 6pm in Wadsworth Hall G17/19. This is an informal, optional drop-in hour to get any final questions answered before you application is submitted.