Student Job Opportunities

student staff members

Welcome to the Student Staff Recruitment & Selection page for Georgia Tech Housing. We have sent out initial offers for the 20-21 Academic Year. If you received an alternate or primary position you must accept by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 25, 2020. Applications for Fall 2020-Spring 2021 have closed!

The summer application for summer 2020 will open in early March. If you are eligible to apply, which means you are currently on staff or have accepted a primary position for the 2020-2021 you will receive an email with details.

We are glad you are interested in serving the Georgia Tech community as a Student Staff Member. 


What's a Student Staff Member?

Student Staff Members (SSMs) are selected students who serve in the residence halls as Peer Leaders, Resident Advisors & Graduate Housing Assistants. The main function of a student staff member is to build relationships with residents in an effort to provide individualized support, campus resource information, and academic encouragement.  

They are available to provide general information and support, to make appropriate referrals as needed. SSMs also have responsibility for security, fire protection, and general safety within the residence halls. SSMs also function as liaisons between residents and the administration. There are six primary areas of responsibility for the SSM position:

  • Promote and Support the Health and Safety of Residents
  • Facilitate the Development of a Sense of Community
  • Develop Individual Relationships with Residents
  • Be a Productive Member of the Staff Team
  • Foster Intentional Learning & Development of Residents
  • Develop and Demonstrate Ethical Leadership and Professional Skills

2020-2021 Student Staff Selection

Male student with the abreviations RA and PL behind him.

Consider Building Tech's Story as a Peer Leader or Resident Advisor! Start by watching our video above to learn more about the process.  Apply starting October 1, 2019 through the MyHousing Login located on the upper right of the website to complete a 2020-2021 New Candidate Application.  Facebook: @buildingtechsstory

SSM Application Resources

Thanks for your interest in the process of becoming a Student Staff Member. Review the following documents for information pertinent to the selection process. If you have any additional questions please contact the Student Staff Selection Committee at

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General/New Applicant Selection Process

Interested candidates (current GT and anticipated transfers) will need to do the following to be considered for the SSM Position:

Information Session are held for Fall/Spring positions only: All students who are interested in becoming a student staff member are required to attend one (1) informational session, in which candidates can learn more about the position entailments, ask specific questions regarding the process, and speak to current student staff about their experience in the position. The information sessions dates are below.  

2018 SSM Information Sessions Schedule
Day, Date, Time of Information Session (bring your buzzcard) & Location  
Monday, October 7th, 6-7pm Skiles 249 
Wednesday, October 9th, 6-7pm West Village Ensemble Room 
Thursday, October 10th, 6-7pm GT Connector Upper Level 
Wednesday, October 16th, 6-7pm Tenth and Home Activity Room 
Monday, October 21st, 6-7pm Skiles 249 
Tuesday, October 22nd 7-8pm GT Connector Upper Level 
Wednesday, October 23rd, 6-7pm West Village Ensemble Room 
Monday, October 28th, 6-7pm Tenth and Home Activity Room 
Tuesday, October 29th, 6-7pm Skiles 257 
Wednesday, October 30th, 7-8pm GT Connector Upper Level 
Monday, November 4th, 7-8pm West Village Ensemble Room 
Wednesday, November 6th, 6-7pm Skiles 255 
Tuesday, November 12th, 6-7pm Tenth and Home Activity Room 
Monday, December 2nd, 6-7pm Skiles 249 
Tuesday, December 3rd, 6-7pm Skiles 249 

Remember to bring your GTID when you attend as you will need to sign in!


  1. Application:  Applications will become available on Tuesday,October 1, 2019, 8:00 am EST.  They are due  Wednesday, December 4, 2019 11:59 pm EST.  Please do not wait until the last minute to view and submit your application.  Late applications will not be reviewed. Being proactive is key.
  2. By applying you are authorizing us to do a grade and conduct check with Georgia Tech through Banner and the Office of Student Integrity.
  3. Recommendation Forms:  Identify 2 people that can complete a recommendation on your behalf.  The recommendations should be from people that can speak to your leadership potential for the position.  You need to have a total of 2 recommendations. Recommendations cannot be from a family member.
    • If you are a current on-campus resident then one of the recommendations needs to from your current student staff, and the other needs to be from a Non-Student Staff Member who can best speak to your potential of serving in the position. 
    • If you live off-campus then you should have 2 general recommendations completed.  General recommendations can be from anyone that is not a family member.  A current student staff member can be used as a recommender for an off-campus resident. 
    • **It is YOUR duty to make sure that your recommenders complete your recommendation form and submit by the deadline.
  4. Individual Interview:  After submission of a completed application, successful grade and conduct checks, successful candidates will be cleared to participate in a 30-45 minute in-person individual interview.  Interview Time information will be emailed to candidates beginning January 2020, once grade and conduct reviews are completed.*
    1. ​​​*We utilize an on line sign up program that allows for flexibility up until 5 pm the day before your interview.
    2. Be sure to input an email into the system so it will send you a reminder as the committee will not send reminders.
    3. Note not all who submit applications are offered an interview. Please spell check and revise your application essays.
  5. Candidate Offers:  Candidates will receive their offers late February 2020.  Offers are for primary placement, alternate, or no offer.  Students that receive the primary position will not learn of their community placement in their offer letter.  SSMs will learn about their specific placement at a later date.


Students Currently in our Alternate Pool

If you are currently in our alternate pool it is possible we will still be hiring a few candidate for the fall 2019 and/or spring 2020 semesters.

If you wish to be considered for a student staff position for the 2020-2021 year, however, you must apply for the position by the deadline of December 4, 2019, 11:59 pm EST.  You will need to follow all of the requirements of the application for General/New Applicants.

If You Are Abroad, Out-of-Town, Co-op

If you are abroad during the fall 2019 or co-oping out of town and wish to be a student staff member, you will still need to apply for the position by the deadline of December 4, 2019, 11:59 pm EST.  Then, email staffselection so we can convey the information session information to you.

Candidates who are abroad out of town cooping in Spring 2020 will be invited to a 30-45 minute Skype interview contingent on the strength of their application.


Request to Return - CURRENT SSMs ONLY

Any current SSMs (RA, PL, GHA) who wishes to return to the position for the 2020-2021 academic year will need to complete the "Request to Return" Application.  Completing an application and having positive job performance reviews are both necessary for you to be considered for a position for the 2020-2021 year. 

Applications will become available on Monday, October 14, 8:00 am EST and are due on December 4, 2019 by 11:59 pm EST.  Late applications will NOT be accepted.

Completed applications will be processed and information regarding presentations for any transfer will be shared.  If you are currently taking the staff training class and this is your first semester on our residence life team, you only need to do the application and have successful evaluations to be considered.  

Email with any questions you may have.


Returning to the Position (PREVIOUS EMPLOYED SSMs ONLY)

If a student has previously served as a student staff member (prior to this current year) and had to leave due to a co-op, study abroad, or other purpose yet had a satisfactory job performance then applying through this process is recommended.  This application is open on a continual basis by request only. If you wish to rejoin our team, please email to have an application opened for you. 

Students will be considered as alternates pending a satisfactory performance evaluation as well as the quality of their completed application.