Student ambassadors

Are you passionate about your major? Do you enjoy meeting new people? Are you looking for a unique professional development opportunity? If so, apply to become a student Ambassador in the College of Agriculture, Life & Environmental Sciences (CALES)! As the face of the college, and often of the university, ambassadors volunteer their time to connect prospective students to academic opportunities in CALES and at the university.

The CALES Ambassador Program is a prestigious leadership program. Members develop an enhanced sense of professional self-efficacy through competency-based learning focused on leadership, presentation, interpersonal and organizational skills. While the application process is competitive, successful applicants will become student leaders in CALES, receive a 100% Engagement notation, and join the robust network of CALES Ambassador Alumni upon graduating.

Member responsibilities

  • Applicants must be undergraduate CALES students with at least one complete semester in CALES.
  • 3.0 GPA (overall and in the major).
  • Ambassadors are active and engaged members of the CALES Ambassador team, attending mandatory events: weekly meetings, retreats, training days, convocation ceremonies, etc.
  • Ambassadors must complete a minimum of 45 hours of ambassador service hours each year. Ambassadors who meet the hour requirement within the year will receive a $250 stipend.

Required events

In addition to monthly meetings during the semesters (currently Fridays at 3:30 pm), all Ambassadors are required to attend the following CALES events:

  • Ambassador Meeting: April 26, 2024, at 3:30 pm
  • CALES May Graduation Convocation: Saturday, May 11, 2024
  • Next Stop CALES & New Student Welcome: TBA
  • CALES Ambassador Fall 2024 Retreat: September 6, 2024 - September 7, 2024 (Tentative)
  • CALES December Graduation Convocation: TBA
  • Find Your Future with CALES Open House: January/February 2024
  • Additional required events will be shared as available

How to apply (2024-2025)

Submit your online application. For questions about the application, please contact Serena Valle (

Online Application Form

Application information

A complete application includes:

  • Online Application Form
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • CALES Ambassador Applicant Questions – Write your responses to these questions: 
    • Why are you interested in becoming an Ambassador?
    • How would you describe your experiences in the College of Agriculture, Life and Environmental Sciences, and how will those experiences be useful in recruiting or outreach efforts?
    • What do you hope to gain from the CALES Ambassador program?
  • One reference form submitted directly from your reference. Please provide your reference with this form.

  • Application Deadline: Open
  • Panel Interviews and "About Me" Presentation: Applicants selected for panel interviews will be asked to deliver a three-minute "about me" presentation and then participate in a panel interview. The panel interviews will be held in person. Applicants will sign up for a 30-minute interview.
  • Group Interviews held in person, required for all applicants.
  • New Member Notification: Monday, April 15, 2024

Have questions about what it means to be a CALES Ambassador? You can watch a recorded version here.