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, the Student Leader Team develops 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 summer. This includes a $3,400 pre-tax stipend over the course of the summer and an additional $650 pre-tax stipend over the course of the fall/winter. We also offer free housing mid-May through the end of July, early move-in in the fall to assist with Fall Programming, and $150 in Mason money and some meals provided during Orientation sessions. Finally, you will receive access to the Mason Recreation facilities over the summer months.

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 36 positions and that we start the Spring training course in early February, we want to be sure that we can conduct interviews as soon as you return for the Spring semester.

Do Patriots Leaders work all Orientations, or just one or two?

The Patriot Leader position is a summer long position which includes: spring training (Fridays from 2-5 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.

My friend got a nomination to become a Patriot Leader and I didn’t. Does this mean I can’t apply?

No, not at all. We accept applications from all current Mason undergraduate students. A nomination is more of an invitation to apply. It doesn’t help or hurt your chances of joining the Patriot Leader team!

Where do I find the application?

You are at the right place! The application 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 November, all applicants will be required to attend one of the “Selection Timeline” meetings that will take place between the end of November and beginning of December. After review of the applications, selected individuals will receive an invitation to sign up for a Group Interview. Group interviews will take place in late January. It is mandatory for all applicants to attend one 3-4 hour group process session. If selected to continue on in the process, individuals will sign up for an individual interview (also to be held in late January/early February). Once individual interviews are complete, we will send out final decision letters within the first weeks of February.

Do I need a reference letter to apply? Who should fill out my reference letter?

YES, we do require you to have a faculty member, staff member or other mentor fill out a recommendation form. A link to this form will be found at the end of the Patriot Leader Application that you can send to your reference. 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. Ideally this would be a faculty, staff or graduate assistant supervisor/advisor here at Mason. (Please Note: Members within the Office of Orientation and Family Programs and Services 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.)

Do I have to live on campus over the summer?

Yes, part of your Patriot Leader experience is living with your co-workers. You will enjoy having the short commute around campus for summer training and Orientation sessions. As part of your compensation package, on-campus housing is provided for Patriot Leaders over the summer.

Will I have time for another job over the summer?

No, unfortunately over the summer there will not be enough time for another job throughout the week. The summer training sessions are 12-hour days, five days a week, and the Orientation sessions are like a full time job over the course of the summer.

Will there be time for me to take summer courses?

Due to the nature of the job and the long hours involved, it is recommended that students DO NOT take classes over the summer.