Student Leadership
Going to lectures is important but you won’t learn the skills needed on the job.

We offer a range of student leadership opportunities that run alongside your academic timetable and help you gain this invaluable experience. Some of these opportunities are paid (such  as O Week Creative Director 2017) and  some are volunteering opportunities (such  as Debates Committee). You could get the chance to:
  • Run one of our flagship events, such as OWeek, and get experience in booking bands, managing an event budget and putting on parties for thousands of your fellow students
  • Edit Hermes, the oldest literary journal in Australia
  • Become a student board director and make major decisions on how to manage the USU
Becoming a student leader is the best way to gain the skills employers look for, whilst contributing to making your student experience the best it can be.

Make sure you have an ACCESS membership so you can apply to all our leadership roles!

We also have volunteering opportunities with our USU Volunteeers Team.

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Check out this video of Alisha Aitken-Radburn (Previous USU Board President) talking about her previous experience as Campus Events Coordinator. 



Upcoming Student Leadership roles

Scheduled to be advertised from Semester 2, 2017
  • Director of Debates
  • Debates Committee Member
  • INCUBATE Content Coordinator
  • OWeek Festival Creative Director
  • PULP Editor
  • WeChat Content Producer
  • Campus Activity Coordinator
Scheduled to be advertised from Semester 1, 2018
  • Hermes Editor
  • INCUBATE Program Coordinator
  • Verge Director

Student Leadership Role Outlines

Hermes Student Editor
Hermes is Australia’s oldest literary journal. As one of the up to four Hermes Student Editors, you'll be tasked with collecting and collating hundreds of diverse and creative submissions from the campus community to produce another installment of one of the finest free literary journals in Australia. Don't miss this amazing opportunity to develop your editorial skills and meet like-minded bibliophiles!

INCUBATE Program Coordinator
INCUBATE is our award-winning startup accelerator and entreprenuer program. I
t’s the first-of-its-kind in the Asia-Pacific region and offers seed funding, mentorship by some of Australia’s leading innovators, and co-working space to build your idea into a viable business.

In this role you have the opportunity to assist the INCUBATE Program Manager with the ongoing development and operation of the program.
 
Got a passion for innovation? This role may be perfect for you!

INCUBATE Content Coordinator
INCUBATE is our award-winning startup accelerator and entreprenuer program. It’s the first-of-its-kind in the Asia-Pacific region and offers seed funding, mentorship by some of Australia’s leading innovators, and co-working space to build your idea into a viable business.

The INCUBATE Content Coordinator is a student leadership role whose principle responsibility is to assist the INCUBATE Community & Events Manager with the program’s marketing and online presence, newsletter and event coordination.
 
Got a passion for innovation? This role may be perfect for you!

 

Verge Festival Directors
Each year, two talented and creative students design and direct the largest Arts Festival in the Southern hemisphere. For 10 days, the main campus is transformed into a celebration of student art and events, all organised by the Verge Festival Directors.
 
If you’d like to help make the Verge Festival an unforgettable creative experience, this role is for you!


Debates Committee members
The Debates Committee is made up of 11 students who govern the debating program. Committee members review the Debates regulations and take responsibility for organising the debating program, through portfolios that committee members are elected to. The Debates Committee supports the work of the Director of Debates.

Director of Debates
Our organisation began as a debating society and today it is ranked number one in the world. Although we have evolved over the past 140 years, debating remains important to our core constitutional objectives: to foster the social, cultural and intellectual development of our members.
 
The Director of Debates (DOD) supervises and organises the day-to-day running of the Debates Committee and oversees the organisation of the debating program. If you think you’ve got what it takes to make this amazing community even better, then we want to hear from you!

OWeek Festival Creative Directors
It’s not often you get the opportunity to be part of a festival which has a budget of a quarter of a million dollars! The experience gained in dealing with everything from organising hundreds of stalls on the hallowed lawns of the University, to dealing with security, to choosing menus and negotiating with bands to make this a unique and memorable festival is unparalleled. Few people get the chance to leave uni with this kind of experience under their belt.

Each year, we look for two dynamic, passionate and creative individuals who are keen to live and breathe the coordination of our flagship festival, which is now Australia’s largest student orientation festival. This is a great opportunity to develop skills in event management, leadership, community engagement and stakeholder relations.

You will be supported, mentored and directed by professional event and project managers during this period.



PULP Editor
Edit a complete online media platform specialising in investigative journalism, news and culture. Gain invaluable paid experience in online journalism, social media strategy, defamation and content creation while you study. Former USU editors have worked at Buzzfeed, Junkee SBS and the SMH. This is an excellent professional development opportunity for content creators or aspiring journalists. Pulp editors will be on a Part Time Contract.

Campus Activity Coordinator
Coordinate events that students are passionate about, including anything from bringing therapy dogs to campus to organising the International Festival. Gain invaluable paid experience on campus while you study and be mentored to develop event management skills.


WeChat Content Producer
Create student-relevant content for the USU’s brand new WeChat channel. Be part of the exciting launch and contribute to the growth of the channel. Producers will be responsible for end-to-end planning and coordination of the content, and will source photos, write content, interview people and come up with content strategies that will drive growth and engage with the University of Sydney’s Chinese community.