International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) is hiring for Fall 2014 International Student Orientation! Both graduate and undergraduate students are needed to help facilitate our Fall 2014 orientation for approximately 1,800 incoming international students.

We have paid position openings for one International Student Orientation (ISO) Coordinator and two ISO Leaders.

International Student Orientation Coordinator (1 opening)

Description: Working under the supervision of the ISSS staff, this person will be responsible for overall preparation and planning of all orientation sessions (+/- 33 sessions) and programs/events (+/- 7 events); provide support and coordinate logistics for immigration check-in sessions; provide assistance to newly arrived international students with the immigration check-in process; assist with ISO communications; serve as the point of contact for Penn units and other outside organizations before and during Orientation; schedule and supervise ISO Leaders; monitor work flow and processes before and during Orientation; track and record associated expenses and manage budget; keep orientation statistics; recruit area businesses to donate prizes for welcome reception; create event flyers, posters and signs; collect all pamphlets and brochures from Penn and non-Penn service providers; participate in and attend all assigned ISO activities; and perform other duties as assigned.

Time commitment: Approximately 20 - 40 hours/week from late-June to late-August, with the potential of working part-time (less than 20 hours/week) during part of the fall semester. Expected hours per week will increase as summer progresses. Should the position continue into the fall semester, hours per week would decrease to 20 or less. Compensation will be paid at $15/hour. Some evening and weekend hours may be required.

ISO Leader (2 openings)

Description: Working under the supervision of ISO Coordinator and ISSS Staff to provide assistance to newly-arrived international students with the immigration check-in process. Specific duties as assigned in directing students; assisting in the facilitation of ISO activities and programs; directing students during immigration check-in sessions; managing event sign ups; leading and participating in all assigned ISO activities; and performing other duties as assigned.

Time commitment: 20-40 hours/week from August 19 to 26. Compensation will be paid at $10 per hour.  Some evening and weekend hours may be required.

Qualifications for all positions:  Must be a current University of Pennsylvania student through the fall 2014 semester, familiar with the Penn community and its various resources, and sensitive to students from different backgrounds and cultures. Excellent communication and organizational skills, and good judgment are required.  Must be cooperative, flexible, reliable, and punctual, as well as be able to work closely with peers and take direction from ISSS and ISO Staff. International and U.S. students are encouraged to apply.

Additional Qualifications for Orientation Coordinator: Previous experience coordinating large scale events. Strong leadership and public speaking skills are highly desirable. Must be able to multi-task in a busy environment with a professional demeanor; this position is great for those interested in learning more about the international education or higher education fields.

Graduate students encouraged to apply.

Interested candidates should submit a resume and brief cover letter outlining qualifications and interest by e-mail to , specifying which position you are applying for in your cover letter. If applying for ISO Coordinator, please specify if you would like to be considered for the ISO Leader position as well. This email address is for application use only.

Application deadline:  The deadline to submit applications is midnight Sunday, April 27, 2014.  Interviews will follow soon thereafter.

Please note that these jobs qualify as on-campus employment for F-1 or J-1 students with Penn-issued

I-20 or DS-2019 documents and, therefore, do not require additional USCIS authorization for continuing international students.

    • International Student Orientation
    • International Student Orientation

Fall 2014 ISO: International Student Orientation

Dates to be announced!

International Student Orientation (ISO) is a program for all incoming international students in F-1 or J-1 student status, including freshman, graduate, professional, transfer, returning students from leave, and exchange students. ISO is designed to help students learn about and understand important immigration regulations and procedures required of F-1 and J-1 students, confirm their arrival for required government reporting purposes, and to assist new students in adjusting to Penn.

Advance Online Check-in (see below for detailed instructions) and attendance at an Immigration Document Review and Presentation Session is mandatory.

Mandatory New Student Check-In Requirements

Federal regulations require that you register your presence at the University by completing international student check-in procedures.  Check-in has two steps: 1) completion of the New Student Arrival Information online form and 2) attendance at one of the Immigration Document Review and Presentation Sessions.

Please note that both steps must be completed after you arrive in the United States but within 20 days of the program start date on your Penn I-20 or DS-2019.  

F-1 transfer students must complete the new student check-in process within 15 days of the program start date on your Penn I-20.

  • Step One: Complete the New Student Arrival Information form
  • Please enter your United States arrival information at this page. Log in using your 9-digit admission ID, date of birth and PIN. Be sure to have your US address and emergency contact information available. You will receive a confirmation email after submitting the form.

  • Step Two: Attend an Immigration Document Review and Presentation Session
  • Fall 2014 ISO dates will be announced in the coming weeks. Please check back on this page soon.

    You must come prepared with all of the following original immigration documents:

    • Passport
    • F-1 or J-1 visa (except Canadian or Bermudian citizens)
    • I-94 (whether a hard-copy paper card; or electronic as indicated by an admission/entry stamp in passport)
    • I-20 (for F-1 students) or DS-2019 (for J-1 students) issued by Penn
    • Any previously issued I-20(s) or DS-2019(s) from previous program, if applicable; this is required for transfer students
    • Any other official correspondence from USCIS, such as an I-797, if applicable

    NOTE: Please arrive at least five (5) minutes early.  Students arriving late will not be admitted.

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  • Mengyue Wang

    "...ISO was one of the most wonderful experiences I had at Penn and I met the coolest people here!"