The following information details the process to apply for the resident assistant (RA) position (this information is for new candidates; current RAs should contact their supervisor for information on the reapplication process). Please review this information carefully. Most items here are required for a completed application. Some items are optional. If you have any questions about the process, contact us.

Step 1: Review the RA job description and review the list of dates pertinent to the RA position to ensure that you understand the expectations of the position

Step 2: Attend an information session and each of the two specific required sessions (details listed below)

Step 3: E-mail your cover letter and résumé to Jill Hopper (JHopper) no later than February 6, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. (be sure that your cover letter addresses why you are interested in the position and, if appropriate, indicates if you are interested in working with our living learning communities — suggested resources to help you with your résumé and cover letter are listed below)

Step 4: Complete an online form authorizing a check of grade point average and Cornell College conduct no later than February 6, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. (Cornell username and password are required)

Step 5: Attend an individual interview early in February (details will be provided directly to applicants, but suggested resources to help you prepare are listed below)


Information session

All individuals interested in the RA position must attend one of the following information sessions. Sessions are offered at the following times:

  • Tuesday, December 13 from 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. in Hedges in the Thomas Commons
  • Thursday, December 15 from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in Hedges in the Thomas Commons
  • Wednesday, January 18 from 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. in Hedges in the Thomas Commons
  • Friday, January 20 from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in Hedges in the Thomas Commons

Required Seminar #1

All applicants for the RA position must attend one session of Required Seminar #1. Only those individuals who have attended one of the information sessions are eligible to attend Required Seminar #1. Sessions are offered at the following times:

  • Tuesday, January 24 from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in Hedges in the Thomas Commons
  • Thursday, January 26 from 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. in Hedges in the Thomas Commons

Required Seminar #2

All applicants for the RA position must attend one session of Required Seminar #2. Only those individuals who have attended one of the information sessions and one of the Required Seminar #1 are eligible to attend Required Seminar #2. Sessions are offered at the following times:

  • Tuesday, January 31 from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in Hedges in the Thomas Commons
  • Thursday, February 2 from 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. in Hedges in the Thomas Commons

Optional résumé and cover letter help

We encourage you to visit the Berry Career Institute's website for help in creating your résumé or help in writing your cover letter. We also encourage you to visit the Writing Studio for help in refining your cover letter.

Optional interview skills help

We encourage you to visit the Berry Career Institute's website for help in preparing for your individual interview.

Optional review of financial assistance

The resident assistant position can impact a student's financial assistance. The impact, if any, of this position depends on several factors. Students interested in the RA position are encouraged to contact the Financial Assistance staff to discuss their specific situation. It is important to note that the Financial Assistance staff can only offer projections about likely impact, if any, on the student's financial assistance but cannot provide definitive information until the student has reapplied for financial aid. As such, students interested in the RA position are encouraged to reapply for financial aid as soon as possible. Refer to the Financial Assistance website to learn about the process to reapply for financial aid.