Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of being a Patriot Leader?
Patriot Leaders have access to networking opportunities all around campus with several organizations and colleges. Along with meeting many of the campus faculty and staff members, Patriot Leaders go through both spring and summer training to help improve leadership skills and public and interpersonal speaking skills. Along with these professional benefits, the job incorporates and encourages students’ creativity while in a workplace setting. Over the course of spring and summer, they develop both personal and professional relationships that foster team cooperation and success.

Is there any compensation? Or is this a volunteer position?
This position is not a volunteer position. We do provide a stipend along with a few extra benefits throughout the experience.

Why do we apply for the Patriot Leader position so early?
As we have seen the number of candidates steadily increase over the past few years, we want to be sure that we are giving adequate time to each person’s application. Given that we estimate nearly 200 students will apply for only 40 positions and that we start the Spring training course in the following spring semester, we want to be sure that we can conduct interviews as soon as we are able in the fall.

When do Patriot Leaders receive training?
The Patriot Leader position is year-long position which includes: Spring Training (Fridays from 2:00-5:00pm in the Spring semester), Summer Training (end of May-June), all Summer Orientations (June-August), and Fall/Winter events (August-January).

Are there any requirements to become a Patriot Leader?
You must have, and maintain, a 2.5 cumulative GPA or better as well as be in good financial, academic and disciplinary standing with the University. You will also be required to attend and complete the spring training class (Fridays from 2-5pm in the spring semester) as well as the summer training (two weeks in late May through early June).

Finally, you must attend one of the “Selection Timeline” meetings in late November through early December to consider your application complete. You will find these times located on the Patriot Leader application.

Where do I find the application or application timeline?
The application can be found on Handshake and the selection timeline can be found on the main page.

What is the application process like to become a Patriot Leader?
The first step is filling out the application! After the application officially closes at the end of October, all applicants will be required to attend one of the “Selection Timeline” meetings that will take place.

After review of the applications, selected individuals will receive an invitation to sign up for an individual interview scheduled for mid-November. Once individual interviews are complete, we will send out final decision letters in the beginning of December.

Do I need a reference letter to apply? Who should fill out my reference letter?
YES, we do require you to have a former supervisor, staff member, or other mentor fill out a recommendation form. The reference letter should be filled out by anyone who can give us great insight into your skills, abilities and potential as a leader!

We strongly discourage asking a family member to serve as your reference, and highly recommend someone that has supervised or advised you in a leadership position or employment opportunity. (Please Note: Members within New Student and Family Programs cannot serve as a reference and this recommendation form cannot be filled out by a fellow Mason student including past/current Patriot Leaders, Resident Advisors, Peer Advisors or other student leaders.)

How does this position work because of COVID-19?

As our office follows and mandates all university guidelines surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, we work to adjust the training schedule and job responsibilities for the Patriot Leaders. Due to the ever-changing nature of the university, all current job responsibilities, compensation, and other duties are subject to change.