Do you want to assist new students in making a smooth start at Deakin? Are you enthusiastic, approachable, motivated and reliable? Do you have good communication and interpersonal skills? Do you have excellent campus knowledge? Then Connect is the program for you!

What is Connect?

The Connect Program is an orientation peer mentor program that aims to help new students make a successful start at Deakin. The Connect Program provides social and practical on-campus support for new students during Orientation.

Orientation Volunteers:

Students are recruited as Connect Orientation Volunteers to support new students by participating in Orientation events and activities, such as:

  • Providing practical support to new students during Orientation
  • Supporting new international students to participate in the International Student Welcome
  • Delivering campus tours
  • Conducting student surveys
  • Undertaking further opportunities to assist with student focused events throughout the year

This opportunity is open to all current Deakin students.

If you are interested in getting involved in the Connect Program as an Orientation Volunteer, please read the Position Description (PDF, 529.3KB) and apply online. Applications close 9 November, 2018.

Apply online

Orientation Leaders:

Experienced Orientation Volunteers (previously known as Connect Leaders) who have participated in the program as a volunteer for 2 trimesters or more can advance to become an Orientation Leader.

This is a casual employment opportunity.

Orientation Leaders will act in a leadership role, providing guidance and additional support to the Orientation Volunteers.

If you are interested in getting involved in the Connect Program as an Orientation Leader, please read the Position Description (PDF, 440.9KB) and apply online. Applications close 9 November, 2018.

Apply online

Student Central Orientation Mentors:

Students with experience in any of Deakin’s Students Helping Students programs can advance to become a Student Central Orientation Mentor. This is a casual employment opportunity.

Student Central Orientation Mentors will act in a customer service role within Student Central Hubs, assisting in triaging students to various self-help options.

If you are interested in getting involved in the Connect Program as a Student Central Orientation Mentors, please read the Position Description (PDF, 445.3KB) and apply online. Applications close 9 November, 2018.

Apply online


Taking part in the Connect Program provides students with a lot of great opportunities such as:

  • Opportunities to gain new practical skills
  • Professional development and training opportunities
  • The chance to make new friends and work collaboratively as part of a large and fun team
  • Being a friendly face, make a positive impact and welcome new students starting at Deakin University

You will also be invited to an annual Thank You celebration and will receive a Certificate of Recognition upon successful completion of the program.

Time Commitments

Connect is a 12-month-program that runs across Trimesters 1, 2 and 3.

Connect Orientation Volunteersare required to participate in two trimesters per calendar year. Trimester 1 is compulsory, and you can choose to participate in either Trimester 2 or Trimester 3 (or both!).

Orientation Volunteers are required to complete the compulsory training and are expected to volunteer for 20-25 hours throughout the Orientation period in Trimester 1 and either Trimester 2 and/or 3.

Please see the Position Description for specific date and time requirements.

Training and Requirements

At the commencement of every yearly cycle of the Connect Program, all Orientation Volunteers must undertake a compulsory training session.

Connect Program 2019 Training Dates:
Geelong: Tuesday 11th December
Burwood: Wednesday 12th December

All Orientation Volunteers must also participate in the compulsory Connect Briefing sessions that will take place in the week prior to Orientation for each Trimester. Further briefing details will be provided at a later date.

To Apply

Applications for the Connect Program for 2019 are now open. If you are interested in being involved in the 2019 program, please complete the relevant online application form.

Please note that successful applicants must be available during the times outlined in the position descriptions. The selection of Orientation Volunteers may also consider the need to ensure a mix of students from different cohorts, faculties, courses and previous experience in other SHS Programs.

All Deakin volunteers are required to apply for and maintain a Volunteer Working With Children Check (PDF, 571.2KB) .

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Student Engagement Officers.

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