Department of Biology student ambassadors will share their experiences as a student at Iowa to prospective students and guests while enhancing their communication and leadership skills.

This position is a great networking and resume-building opportunity! Compensation provided for student ambassadors who give five or more department tours in a semester.

Ambassador responsibilities

In this role, students will assist with undergraduate recruitment activities. Some of the responsibilities and activities include: 

  • Give tours of the Department of Biology
  • Meet with prospective students and their guests
  • Participate in student panels
  • Represent the Department of Biology at Hawkeye Visit Day “Exploring Majors and Information Fairs”
  • Meet with new transfer students during orientation
  • Send follow-up postcards and/or emails
  • Attend student ambassador meetings
Please note training will be provided, and you do not need to participate in all of the activities listed previously. We are also very flexible with your schedule.

Participation qualifications

While the ambassador program is a volunteer opportunity, there are guidelines for participation. A successful candidate must:

  • Be a declared major in biology, biomedical sciences, or neuroscience
  • Exhibit excellent customer service skills and interact professionally with prospective students and their guests
  • Be comfortable speaking in front of large groups (50-75) of prospective students and their families for student panels
  • Share experiences in a positive, yet realistic view with prospective students and guests
  • Enthusiastic about your major and experiences at the University of Iowa
  • Complete mandatory university ambassador training through the Admissions Office (a one-time training session for about an hour)
  • Provide at least a semester-long commitment to be an ambassador
  • Be in good conduct standing with the university 
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 2.0 while holding the position
  • Research experience in the Department of Biology (preferred)

Apply to be an ambassador

Once the application is submitted, you will be contacted for an interview. Applications are accepted on a year-round basis.


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