The University of Iowa

Apply to be an On Iowa! Leader

On Iowa Leaders on steps of old capitol

Applications for 2020 On Iowa! Leader positions have closed

What will I gain?

The On Iowa! Leader position is a unique volunteer experience that offers a rewarding opportunity for both personal and professional growth. On Iowa! Leaders will gain:
  • Early registration for spring 2021
  • Early move-in to residence halls at no charge
  • Valuable leadership experience and enhanced leadership skills
  • Opportunities to network with UI administrators, faculty, staff and other student leaders
  • Volunteer hours
  • On Iowa! T-shirts
  • On Iowa! Backpack

What do On Iowa! Leaders do?

On Iowa! Leaders play a crucial role at The University of Iowa by:
  • Helping new University of Iowa students feel welcomed and comfortable
  • Serving as a mentor to approximately 25 new UI students
  • Facilitating small group activities and guiding students through the On Iowa! program
  • Assisting with residence hall move-in
  • Showing our newest students why it’s great to be a Hawkeye!

When do I need to be available?

On Iowa! New Leader “Interview” Meetings
  • Monday, February 24 (5:00-9:00 p.m.)
  • Thursday, February 27 (5:00-9:00 p.m.)
  • Each leader is required to attend ONE Interview Meeting
  • Make-Up Interview meetings will be scheduled on a case by case basis - you can apply even if you've missed the interview dates listed above!
Spring 2020 Required Training Day
  • Sunday, March 29 - 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 5 - 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
  • Each leader is required to attend ONE Spring Training Day
Summer 2020 Required On Iowa! Program 
  • Sunday, August 16 - Sunday, August 23
    • The On Iowa! program schedule has not been set.  Applicants must be available and prepared to work anytime between 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. during the week of On Iowa!

What does it take to be an On Iowa! Leader?

You’ll be selected on the basis of your application, interview, attendance of required applicant session, and ability to meet the qualifications below. 
  • Plan to be enrolled as a full-time student for the fall 2020 semester
  • Be in good academic (2.33 UI cumulative GPA) and judicial standing
  • Be able to attend spring ONE Spring Training Meeting
  • Available for On Iowa! (Aug. 16 – Aug. 23, 2020)
  • Have excellent communication and customer service skills
  • Have an ability to work with people of diverse personalities and backgrounds
  • Demonstrate a genuine enthusiasm and pride for The University of Iowa
  • Positively represent The University of Iowa


There are two essay questions on the new leader application.

  • Why do you want to be an On Iowa! Leader?
  • What aspect of the IOWA Challenge (Stretch, Choose, Excel, Serve, and Engage) resonates most with you and how has it impacted your leadership style?

Any Questions?

Please contact us at or 319-335-1497.

We are so excited to have you join our On Iowa! Team!