RA Application Process
Thank you for your interest in joining our student staff! Resident Assistants are the premier leadership and employment opportunity on-campus that allows you to work where you live, utilize flexible hours, take advantage of Cornell’s behind-the-scenes opportunities, and meet more people than ever. Complete all the items 1-4 in order to be eligible for employment.
- Review the Resident Assistant job description job description
and the list of pertinent dates.
- Attend one Mandatory Information Session (see below)
- By Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at 4:00 p.m. complete your application which consists of:
- Schedule your (2) interviews (Individual, Group Process) by Wednesday, January 26, 2022.
After submitting your application you'll receive a link on how to schedule.
- Review your cover letter and resume with the staff at the Berry Career Institute.
- Discuss any financial impact the job may have with the staff in Financial Aid.
Mandatory Information Session Options
All individuals interested in the RA position must attend one of the following information sessions to ensure you understand the nature of the job and to answer any questions you may have. Attendance is taken. Sessions are offered at the following times:
Via Zoom webinar (link to be posted here Block 4)
Monday, December 6, 2021 from 3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, December 9, 2021 from 4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, December 14, 2022 from 5:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, January 19, 2022 from 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Tuesday, January 25, 2022 from 3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
The VIA Adult Personality Survey
Create an adult survey account and log-in. Complete the Values In Action survey and view your Character Strengths. Save a copy of your strengths because your formal application will ask for it.
Scheduled Individual Interviews
After submitting your application, you will be given a link to schedule an in-person interview with our team. An interview time must be selected prior to the above deadline to ensure professional staff can manage their schedules accordingly. Individual interview times are scheduled within 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. between Monday, January 31 through Monday, February 14, 2022. This is a professional interview so please prepare and dress accordingly.
Mandatory Group Process Options
All applicants for the RA position must attend one in-person group process. After submitting your application, you will be given a link to schedule a group process option by the above deadline. To have balanced groups, we may ask some candidates to switch dates. This is a casual group activity so please dress comfortably. Processes are offered at the following times:
Group 1: Tuesday, February 1, 2022 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in Hedges in the Thomas Commons
Group 2: Tuesday, February 8, 2022 from 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. in Hedges in the Thomas Commons
Applicants Notified of Decision
All eligible applicants will be notified whether hired, wait listed, or removed from the applicant pool on Monday, February 21, 2022 by 5:00pm.
Applicants Must Accept Offer
Applicants who receive an offer must notify the office of their acceptance by Wednesday, February 23, 2022 by 4:30 p.m.
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. Your cover letter should address why you are interested, what you can bring to the position, and mention our living learning communities if you interested in them.
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. Need to know how the process to reapply for financial aid works?