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POP Facilitator Applicant Information

How to Apply

Click here to access to the POP Facilitator Application.

There are three pre-orientation programs in the Office of New Student and Family Programs: ASB-POP, CATalyst, and the Chicago Undergraduate Program.  Applicants will be able to apply for up to two programs. 

Before you begin your application, please make sure you have reviewed the time commitments of the role.  

Information Sessions

Attending an information session is required. Please bring your wildcard to check-in upon arrival. Below are the dates, times, and locations of information sessions:

If you are only interested in applying to be a POP Facilitator you will only need to stay for the first thirty minutes of the time listed above. If you are interested in applying to be a Peer Adviser or Family Ambassador you may stay for the remainder of the information session to gain this information.

If you identify as a student of color and are interested in hearing about the experiences of POP Facilitators of color, you can alternatively attend one of the following information sessions:

These information sessions will include all information associated with applying to be a POP Facilitator.

If you have previously served as a POP facilitator you will attend an information session on Thursday, January 24. 


The POP Facilitator application is due on Friday, February 1 at 11:59 PM. Late applications will not be considered.

When you begin your online application you will provide general information about yourself and select which pre-orientation program(s) you are interested in applying to be a facilitator for. POP Facilitator applicants will answer a total of four questions if they select one pre-orientation program to apply to and five questions if they select two pre-orientation programs.

You will receive an email after you submit your application letting you know that we have received it and an email after your application is reviewed that will let you know whether or not you will move forward with the group interview process. 

You should avoid providing any identifying information in your responses (this includes names of small group leaders, your name, and other information that would provide reviewers with information about who the application belongs to) as applications are reviewed without your identifying general information.

Application Questions:
All POP Facilitator Applicants will answer the first three questions below. There is a 250 word limit for each response below. You will only answer the program specific-questions below for the programs you are applying to:
  1. Write to a new student about an experience that challenged you during your first year at Northwestern and how you learned from that experience?
  2. How can a pre-orientation program be beneficial to a new student’s transition?
  3. Describe a time when you disagreed with a peer. How did you navigate this situation, and what the result? How did this experience prepare you to be a POP facilitator?
  4. Applicants will only answer the question(s) below for the programs they are applying to:
    • ASB-POP: Describe an experience that taught you the value of reaching out and learning from communities that were different from your own. How does this experience help you in the ASB-POP facilitator position?
    • CATalyst: What does self-awareness mean to you, and how have you practiced it during your time at Northwestern?
    • CUP: What issue or cause - global, local, political, artistic, social, etc. - would you fight for and why?

Group Interview

Group interviews will allow you the opportunity to interact with both new and returning facilitator applicants in a smaller group setting. If you are selected to move on to the group interview stage after your application you will participate in one of the following group interviews:

Individual Interview

The individual interview process will give you an opportunity to interview with the student leaders who are responsible for overall planning of the pre-orientation program you are applying to and NSFP professional staff members. If you are selected to move on to the individual interview stage after your group interview you will receive information to sign up for an individual interview with the program(s) you applied to. Individual interviews will take place between Tuesday, February 26 - Monday, March 4. 


You will be notified if you are selected to be a POP Facilitator by Friday, March 15.

POP Facilitator Position Restrictions