Leadership Opportunities

Hall Council & Resident Student Association (RSA)

RSA sponsors campuswide activities, provides a forum for residents to exchange ideas, and acts as the "voice" for students residing on campus.

A member of the National Association of Collegiate and University Residence Halls, RSA offers opportunities for students involved in residence hall affairs to share ideas and information with other students throughout the United States.

RSA members gain:

  • Valuable leadership experiences
  • Lasting relationships with campus partners
  • A deep sense of belonging to the Rensselaer community

RSA Leadership

  • Executive board
  • Representatives from each residence hall

Resident Assistants (RA)

Experience making a difference for new, transfer, and returning students while learning new skills and responsibilities that will be valuable both personally and professionally. Resident Assistants (RAs) work collaboratively with Student Living and Learning professional staff to create an inclusive community within the residence halls. In these roles, RAs and RDs articulate the policies and procedures of Rensselaer, represent the needs of students to the Institution, and contribute to the development of students outside of the classroom.

Resident Assistants are hired for Fall, Spring and Summer semesters. Students must be a junior at Rensselaer to apply.

Information about the Resident Assistant recruitment process. 

National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH)

A service of the National Association of College and University Residence Hall (NACURH), NRHH is designed to give local, regional, and national recognition to students making outstanding contributions to their residence halls. NACURH firmly believes in the value of student involvement in residence hall life through community service, social programs, and educational programs.

The National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Chapter

The NSLS is the largest and only accredited collegiate leadership development program in the United States. Our NSLS chapter at Rensselaer was started in 2017. Our local chapter is part of the national organization with more than 800 chapters and over two million members. 

Students are selected based on exemplary academic achievement and leadership potential. As of 2023, we have over 1500 members who have access to:

  • More than $400,000 in annual scholarships and awards
  • Leadership Development Content (DISC assessment and Goal Setting)
  • A personalized letter of recommendation

    The NSLS leadership development program teaches interpersonal skills that employers seek to give you an edge in the job market. Hear directly from current members as they share how their experience has changed their lives.

    These are some of the benefits you can take advantage of as a member: 

  • Learn from former Presidents, celebrities, entrepreneurs, and other global leaders in exclusive Speaker Broadcasts.
  • Meet new friends and make lifelong connections on campus and online.
  • Overcome challenges with success coaches and shortcut your path to success.

    Visit the NSLS website to learn more about us.


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