The Admission Center’s main function as an office is to offer a warm welcome to all university guests. The USC Admission Center hires students into volunteer positions and paid positions. What’s the difference?
USC VolunTOUR Leaders (VTLs) are members of the Tommy’s Tours program. They are trained volunteers, USC students, and valuable members of the Admission Center team. All graduate and undergraduate students who are not in their final year of study are welcome to apply. Your training begins with an 8-week training process, and once completed you will:
- Give 50-minute, age-appropriate group tours to middle and elementary schoolers
- Share your journey to and in college while inspiring younger students to pursue higher education
- Develop professional skills through public speaking and interacting with guests
- Learn about other academic programs and campus organizations while making new friends
- Complete an 8-week training process and attend weekly/bi-weekly meetings
- Live your dream of being a college tour guide, even if you only have an hour a week!
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Being a paid Student Ambassador begins with a 15-week training process, during which you learn public speaking skills, facts about USC, and information about the admission process. All undergraduate students who are not in their final year of study are welcome to apply. Student Ambassadors have the opportunity to:
- Deliver 50-minute and 90-minute walking tours of campus to prospective students and their families, alumni, VIPs, academic groups, and other visitors of campus
- Share your knowledge, passion, and why you chose USC
- Interact with guests on the phone and via email to make tour reservations and answer questions about the university, student life, and admission process
- Gain invaluable experience working in a professional yet friendly environment
- Give admission presentations to school groups, providing information about the importance of college and what it takes to get there
- Create personalized thank-you notes for your tour guests
- Work alongside professional staff and Admission Counselors on administrative tasks in an office setting
While it varies based on the student, the time commitment to be a Student Ambassador in training is approximately 8 – 10 hours per week. Trained Ambassadors can work a minimum of 7 hours and a maximum of 20 hours per week. Due to year-round demand for campus tours, Ambassadors are expected to work for a small part of the summer. Working either part of Spring Break or part of Winter Break is also required. Ambassadors can also expect to work a minimum of 4 weekend days per school year.