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Leadership comes in many shapes and sizes. Which is why there are dozens of opportunities for students to explore and develop their leadership potential at Upper Iowa University.

Whether it’s taking courses, leading a group of students, participating in our Leadership Series or simply learning to live a life of character and integrity, the opportunities for students to learn and lead are there for the taking! Check out the various leadership opportunities and programs below and come back here often for up-to-date news and events about developing your leadership potential!

Student Leadership Positions

Residence Life

  • Resident Assistant (16) – Act as a floor communicator, listener, programmer, administrator and a positive role model for the students on their floor. Lead RA opportunities available.
  • Summer Resident Assistants (6) – Involves students spending their summer working with Residence Life to help prepare for the upcoming academic year.
  • Student Workers (2) – Assist the Director of Residence Life & Student Engagement with various administrative duties and tasks.


  • Student Ambassadors (37) – Student must be at least a sophomore in a good standing with the university. The applicant’s GPA must be at least a 2.5. Strong oral communication skills are necessary. Those interested must apply and interview for the position. Ambassadors show prospective students what UIU has to offer.
  • Student Calling Team (18) – Students contact high school students who are potentially interested in attending UIU
  • Student Assistants (7) – Students assisting admission counselors


  • Student Orientation Assistants (6) – Current Upper Iowa students assist in the orientation process. Application process begins in March.
  • PEEPS (8-10) – Assist freshmen during move-in and assist with the execution of events over Peacock Experience weekend.


  • Library Committee (3) – Need students with an interest in improving the library who can also represent the diversity of the school

Dining Services

  • Food Committee (4) – Students with a meal plan serve on a committee to provide menu suggestions and student feedback in order to enhance the food service experience.
  • Catering Intern (1) – Internship involved in Campus Dining Catering


  • UIU Engagement Crew – Works in partnership with the Alumni Office and works to establish an open and engaging line of communication between UIU and its alumni. Student callers update contact information, share exciting news and updates with alumni and accept charitable gifts. To learn more or inquire about a position on the crew, contact Packy Bowling, UIU Fund Coordinator, at 563-425-5966 or [email protected].
  • Student Philanthropy Council (SPC) – This volunteer student group serve as philanthropic ambassadors for UIU. Their goal is to inspire a tradition of giving among students. Working closely with the Alumni Office, they organize student-led fundraising (and friend-raising) projects with the highest level of integrity, professionalism and spirit. All Fayette campus students are welcome to serve on the SPC. To learn more or become a member, visit

International Programs

  • International Student Association (ISA) Officers (5) – Students lead ISA, an organization that represents different nations and cultures on campus. This student group has a president, vice president, secretary, treasurer and event planner.

Campus Security

  • Campus Security Committee (2) – Student attends monthly meetings to improve and promote safety on the Upper Iowa campus
  • Parking Appeals Committee (1) – Students meet with campus security to review appeals and make decisions on parking violations

Tutor & Writing Center

  • Tutors work to assist students with homework, reviewing material, and studying for exams in all subjects
  • Writing consultants assist students with writing and proofreading papers in all courses
  • Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) Leaders are assigned to a certain course to be the primary tutor contact.   PAL Leaders attend this class every day to assist the instructor with in-class work and also hold study sessions before exams. This position is usually worked in conjunction with a tutor position.


  • Peacock Entertainment Crew Officers – Members bring forward engagement ideas and events that can be organized on campus and assist in the execution of various student activities
  • Greek SGA Officers (2) – (nominated by Greek council) responsible for representing Greek organizations on SGA
  • Greek Programs – Officers (elected by organization) are responsible for programming and spending for their particular organization
  • Greek Council – Determine policy for Greek Life on campus
  • Clubs and Organizations – Officers (elected by organization) are responsible for programming and spending for their particular organization
  • Student Drivers – Drive students to various events using a university vehicle
  • Student Activities – Students assist the Director of Residence Life & Student Engagement (work study)

Student Government

  • Student Government (7) – Representatives of the student body make decisions to improve student life. Officers include a president, vice president, secretary, treasurer and academic affairs officer and two online and center representatives
  • Student Government Club Representatives – Students represent their respective club at Student Government meetings

Office of the President

  • Student Assistant to the President – Work study student assists University President and staff with various tasks
  • Strategic Plan Committees – Student representatives serve on committees devoted to each strategic plan the university has developed
  • President Office Work Study – Student in charge of helping with anything in the president’s office

Honors and Awards

  • Honors and Awards Committee (2)- Two seniors serve on the Honors and Awards Committee


  • Teacher Education Committee (3) – Education major represents students in assisting faculty in deciding criteria and curriculum for classes

Community Service

  • Alternative Spring Break – Involves students spending their spring break helping those in need in various locations each year
  • Peacocks for Progress – Involved students volunteer their time throughout the year serving UIU, Fayette and surrounding communities in various projects. This group spearheads Fayette Appreciation Day. Officers include a president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, outreach, and a Student Government representative. Peacocks for Progress.
  • Fayette Appreciation Day Committee – Students involved in organizing and executing Fayette Appreciation Day in the spring


  • Intramurals (6) – Students in intramurals work study are responsible for conducting and officiating intramural events throughout the year.


  • Team Captains – Each sport has student leaders to guide and represent the team
  • Student Athletic Advisory Committee – Students involved in organizing any projects or service events through the athletic programs. Discusses how to handle any conflicts involving athletic programs or events

Department of Student Life

  • Student Life Front Desk Assistant (6) – Assist the Coordinator of Student Life with managing the Student Life front desk or the information HUB in the Student Center. Provide optimal customer service to students, and the UIU Community by answering inquires, incoming calls, emails, and LiveChats, as well as providing information regarding upcoming events on campus.

Print Shop

  • Graphic Designer (1) – Student who is able to design publications for the use of communication and functions
  • Print Shop Work Study (1) – Student who helps manage print shop
  • Book Worker (1) – Assist with billing and general bookwork in the University Print Shop

Counseling Services

  • Counseling Intern (8) – Two students per session. Students help the Director of Counseling

Office of Communications and Marketing

  • OCM regularly employs both work-study and non-work-study students in paid positions (total of 3) that focus in one or more of the following areas: graphic design, writing, and/or photography/videography. OCM will also consider students who desire to fulfill an unpaid (course credit) internship in one of these or a related skill set.