Service Organization Recruitment

Membership Expectations

Joining the Service Organization Community requires a high level of commitment to service (on and off campus) and attendance at regular meetings and events. When campus operations are fully functional, the requirements for SOC members are:
    • 25 hours of Off Campus Service (at placements selected by your service organization) per semester
    • 5 hours of On Campus Service + Advocacy Events per semester
    • Weekly Meetings 
    • Fall / Spring Retreats
Due to COVID-19 and social distancing protocols, SOC members are required to complete 15 hours of service to the community and complete 5 Advocacy Hours (i.e., attending justice-based programming hosted by LMU, CSA or other Service Organizations). 

New members are not required to meet the SOC hour requirements during the semester they join. However, all new members must attend a mandatory New Member Orientation session and the Advocacy Teach-In on March 20, 2021. 

To be eligible for recruitment you must have 12 hours of college credit and a minimum of a 2.5 GPA. Please note that many organizations do not consider seniors for membership.

Recruitment Timeline

Information Sessions Jan 14 from 5-6 PMJan 18 from 5-6 PMJan 27 from 7-8 PM (all times PST)
Information Sessions are not mandatory but highly encouraged as they provide information about service organizations and the overall recruitment process. All Information Sessions are the same, so you only need to attend one! RSVP on LEO by clicking on the date/time of your choice above. 

All Org Weekend February 6 & 7
This is an opportunity to get to know more about each service organization. Saturday's Recruitment Kickoff event focuses on service, highlighting the org's focus, their placements and advocacy work. Sunday's we will host an Open House, where you can hop into Zoom rooms for each org and hear more about what life is like as a Service Org member.

Application Opens February 6
All organizations utilize a common application that can be found on LEO. The application will open at 2 PM (PST) on Saturday, February 6th after the Recruitment Kickoff Event. We strongly encourage you to take your time with the written application, as this is your chance to indicate which organizations you will apply to (feel free to start the application and come back to it after visiting individual organization's events!). At the end of your application, you will receive a link to schedule your interview(s) with each organization you applied to.

Recruitment Events February 8-12
Recruitment events are hosted by each organization and offer potential new members the opportunity to get to know each organization and its members more intimately. Each organization hosts a few events throughout this period.  Plan to attend the events of each organization that you are interested in to get to know current members and learn about their org!

Application Deadline February 11
The application will close at 11:59 PM (PST) on Thursday, February 11th. Please be sure to double check to make sure you've submitted it before then!

Interviews February 13 & 14
Once your application is complete, you will be asked to schedule interviews with each organization you've applied to. Interviews range from 15-60 minutes, depending on the organization. During your interview you will be asked a handful of questions to get to know you better and see how you might fit into the community. This is also a chance for you to get to know the organization, so bring any questions you may have.

Potential New Member Preferences February 15-18
Once you complete the interview process you will rank the organizations you applied for. The preference form will be emailed to you. You will rank only the organizations you are willing to join, as these preferences are used when determining placements.

Decision Letters Distributed February 22
Emails are sent out indicating if you are invited to join an organization, wait-listed or denied. If you are invited to join an organization, you must confirm your acceptance by Wednesday, February 24 at 5 PM (PST).

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to wear anything specific throughout recruitment?
Come as you are! Other than being fully clothed, there are no dress code requirements for any recruitment events.

How do I prepare for events?
It would be helpful to think about potential questions to ask at the events. Look over each org's social media and write down your thoughts.

How many orgs can I apply to?
There is no maximum, as long as you meet the requirements for each organization. We strongly encourage applicants to apply to at least 3-4 organizations, as the process is competitive. Last year, students that applied to 3 or more organizations were 25% more likely to be accepted into an organization than students that applied to 1 or 2. 

I'm nervous about the interview.. what can I do?
First, know that these interviews are meant to be casual ways for the organization to get to know you. While it may be awkward, rest assured that all the interviewers desire for you to succeed in putting your best foot forward. Never interviewed before? Career and Professional Development can help! Visit their page for pro tips and an opportunity to schedule a mock interview to practice. 

What if I am unable to attend events/interviews because I live in a different time zone?
Please reach out to the organization directly to ensure you are properly accommodated. Every organization will have different ways in which they can support you to ensure you have an equitable recruitment experience.

What if I have a question not answered here?
You can contact Chelsea Brown at chelsea.brown@lmu.edu with any additional questions!