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Thank you for your interest in a Peabody student leader position for the 2020-2021 academic year! Below you will find information on our three available student leader positions:

  • Resident Assistant (RA)
  • Orientation Leader (OL)
  • Community Fellow (CF)

If you have questions about the RA position, please contact Dan Pretz, Associate Director of Housing, Residence Life & Summer Conferences at

If you have questions about the OL position and/or the CF position(s), please contact Chris Ambrose, Assistant Director of Student Engagement at or Sarah Herberger, Coordinator of Student Affairs, at 


In order to be considered for a student leadership position, you must meet the following minimum criteria:

  • Full-time undergraduate and/graduate student at Peabody
  • Sophomore class standing or above
  • Minimum semester and cumulative GPA of at least a 3.0
  • In good judicial, academic, and financial standing

Application Process:

Our Student Leader application process has three parts:

  1. Online Application due 3/6/20 – application requires you to complete in one sitting with an attached professional resume and cover letter.
  2. Individual Interviews from 1/27/20-3/19/20 – interviews will be scheduled with two members of the Student Affairs Office as applications become complete. If you are selected to participate in an individual interview, you will be contacted via email with information about how to setup your interview.
  3. Group Process on 3/28/20 (Time & Location TBD) – this will be a group interview. If you are selected to participate in an individual interview, you will be contacted via email with information regarding this interview. 

Application Timeline:

Please take note of the dates below and begin to plan your schedule accordingly. 

-1/21/20 Application available
-2/10/2020-2/21/20 Student Leader information sessions (attend one)
-3/6/2020 Student Leader 2020-2021 application due
-3/19/20 Deadline for individual interview (invitation from Student Affairs needed to participate)
-3/20/20 Invitations for Group Process sent (invitation from Student Affairs needed to participate)
-3/28/20 Group Process
-4/17/20 Student Leader position offers sent
-4/24/20 Student leader contracts due to Student Affairs

Student Leader Information Sessions:

2/10/20 at 2pm in the Unger Conference Room

2/12/20 at 8pm in the Unger Conference Room

2/13/20 at 10am in the Unger Conference Room

2/19/20 at 12pm in the Student Affairs Office

2/21/20 at 2pm in the Unger Conference Room

RA Position Description:

Resident Assistants (RAs) serve a vital role in the experience of residential students at Peabody and in the operations of the Office of Housing & Residence Life. RAs live in assigned rooms in Peabody’s residence halls and work primarily with the social, academic, and personal adjustment of the residents in their charge. Under the supervision of the Associate Director of Housing & Residence Life and the Graduate Head Resident, RAs develop passive and active programming under an educational model, respond to student concerns and provide referrals to appropriate JHU resources, establish and apply community standards, and serve in an on-call capacity to respond to after-hours concerns. As representatives of both the Office of Housing & Residence Life and the Office of Student Affairs, RAs serve as liaisons between residential students and the Peabody administration and support university priorities, interpret and communicate policies, and identify student needs.

OL Position Description:

Orientation Leaders (OLs) are student leaders who represent Peabody by serving as mentors to help acquaint new students with the school community. The role of an OL is especially important during Orientation week as new students and their families are looking to current students for their perspective, experiences, and advice in navigating their Peabody journey. OLs lead small cohort groups of their peers throughout their Orientation experience and are encouraged to continue these connections throughout the year. OLs work closely with the Coordinator of Student Affairs and Assistant Director of Student Engagement.

CF Position Description:

The Community Fellow (CF) position plays a critical role in enhancing the student experience at Peabody. The main responsibility of CFs will be to plan and execute small- and large-scale events both at Peabody and within the Baltimore community that encourage other students to get more involved on and off campus. In its first year, seven CFs will comprise the new Community Programming Board (CPB) at the Conservatory that is sponsored and advised by the Office of Student Affairs.