What is LEx Leader Corps?

“LEx Leader Corps challenge the concept of leadership, never give up regardless of how impossible the task may seem, and most important of all, engage in selfless service.”

LEx Leaders are premier student leaders selected to work with the office of Leadership & Experiential Learning to carry out its mission to provoke thought, cultivate confidence, and inspire action in the Rutgers community. Learn more about LEx Leader Corps here.

How To Become a LEx Leader

The application for 2020-2021 LEx Leaders positions are now closed.

In preparation for next year though, these are the steps you can take to join and become a member of the LEx Leader Corps.

  1. Become a Participant – The gateway to high quality leadership starts with participation in programs and events run by Leadership & Experiential Learning. Any student can take advantage of most of the trainings, workshops, events, or programs free of charge. Involvement in any of our programs as a participant will help you understand the qualities expected of a LEx Leader.
  2. Attend an Open House (OPTIONAL) and Apply — LEx Leader positions are available to any full-time, undergraduate student who holds a 2.5 GPA or above. Previous leadership experience is welcomed but not required. All interested students MAY attend an Open House at our College Avenue offices in order to get a better idea of what the LEx Leader experience looks like.
  3. Interview with Our Team — Depending on the different positions available, applicants may be invited to participate in a group interview, an individual interview, or both. If selected to interview, applicants will meet with our team about the LEx Leader positions available. If selected, in addition to fulfilling the requirements for their assigned unit, each LEx Leader is required to attend two retreats, two workshops, and volunteer at a minimum of two programs.
  4. Leave Your Legacy at Rutgers — LEx Leaders are premier student leaders who work with Leadership & Experiential Learning to carry out its mission to provoke thought, cultivate confidence, and inspire action in the Rutgers community. LEx Leaders have different responsibilities based on the unit they are assigned to, however, ALL LEx Leaders help to facilitate and create transformational experiences for their peers. LEx Leaders learn by doing, polish their leadership skills, and leave a legacy worth following at RU.


What Leadership Positions Are Available to You?

If you are looking to take the next step in your leadership journey by holding a leadership position on campus, consider any of the leadership positions available through Leadership & Experiential Learning!

The application for the 2020-2021 academic year are closed but if you are curious about what questions are asked on each application, please feel free to review the sample applications for each position.

Leadership Positions

Leadership Intern

Leadership Intern

The Department of Leadership & Experiential Learning designs and implements diverse leadership opportunities and comprehensive trainings in order to provoke thought and inspire action around the University. Leadership Interns have the opportunity to actively participate in a project-based experience while developing skills in event planning and management, web-design, leadership training, workshop facilitation, and general professional competence.

In addition to developing transferable skills for the competitive internship and job market, Leadership Interns also receive a stipend and access to various leadership education opportunities. Scheduling is flexible based on your class schedule.

Mark Conference Captain

Mark Conference Captain

Looking to make your mark on Rutgers, your community, even the world? Becoming a Mark Conference Captain is a great way to start by planning an experience that will make an impact on fellow students and the Rutgers community. A team of students will be given the responsibility to plan and implement the annual Mark Conference. The Mark Conference an innovative campus experience that strives to break the norms of traditional leadership development by contracting TEDx-styled speakers to inspire the crowd, empowering students to share their stories through Ignite talks, and surprising the participants with out-of-the-box elements like a balloon pit and impromptu dance party! As a Mark Captain, you will oversee a major aspect of the conference (such as marketing, logistics, social media, Ignite prep, experience, etc.), while also having the opportunity to lead a team of student assistants.

As a Conference Captain, you will have the opportunity to make your mark on the next Mark Conference by deciding which speakers tell their story, by designing an innovative conference curriculum and experience, and by implementing creative marketing strategies. The positions are 10-month positions – from May through transition of new Captains in April. Captains are not required to be present over the summer, but will be expected to be in communication over the summer months. Each conference is different and we are just waiting for you to leave your mark on this extraordinary Rutgers tradition, while gaining transferable skills and fresh perspectives through this advanced leadership role on campus.

Alternative Break Site Leaders

Alternative Break Site Leaders & RUAB Executive Board

With a diverse array of purposes, locations, and activities, site leaders have the ability to immerse themselves in service on these impactful trips. The site leaders work to organize and facilitate pre-break educational training sessions for participants, organize the trip budget and agenda, as well as lead the trip and plan a post-trip service experience back in New Brunswick.

Some things we are looking for in Site Leaders include:

  • Motivator: Passionate about service and the experience
  • Coordinator: Organized, task-oriented
  • Teacher: Supportive challenging, patient, dynamic
  • Learner: Open-minded, critical thinking, reasoning skills
  • Crisis Manager: Adaptable, flexible
  • Counselor: Dependable, approachable, intuitive
  • Mentor: Public Speaking, Facilitation skills and ability to lead the group in debrief

Do you think you have what it takes to bring meaning to this often misunderstood issue, demonstrate empathy over judgment, and break down the barriers of assumption and privilege? This life changing experience may be for you.

RUAB Executive Board

Alternative Breaks Executive Board
The RUAB Executive Board are in charge of managing the student organization and host local social and service events for Alternative Breaks students and staff.
Executive Board Composition:
  • Co-Presidents (2)
  • Fundraising Chairs (2)
  • Event Management Chairs (2)
  • Marketing Chair (1)
  • Treasurer/Leadership Intern (1)

Alternative Breaks Executive Board Position Descriptions:


  • Oversee planning process for all RUAB trips;
  • Coordinate and facilitate all RUAB regular meetings;
  • Assist professional staff advisor in creating training agendas and modules;
  • Schedule and facilitate the participant application, interview, and placement process;
  • Assist in the research, proposal, and selection of Alternative Break trips;
  • Serve as resources to and maintain regular communication with Site Leaders regarding trip statuses;
  • Serve as resources to and maintain regular communication with executive board members;
  • Act as a liaison to assigned Site Leaders/Service Trips.

Fundraising Chairs
  • Coordinate a variety of fundraising opportunities to help generate additional funding for Alternative Break trips;
  • Assigning and scheduling Site Leaders, executive board members, and trip participants for fundraising events;
  • Research and apply for any applicable service grants, such as the Liberty Mutual Spring Break Grant, etc.;
  • Act as a liaison to assigned Site Leaders/Service Trips.
Event Management Chair(s)
  • Responsible for coordinating and promoting all RUAB outreach efforts (meetings, events, application deadlines, showcase, etc.)
  • Plan and execute the RUAB Kick-Off Social in December;
  • Plan and execute the RUAB Service Celebration Dinner in April;
  • Act as a liaison to assigned Site Leaders/Service Trips.
Marketing Chair
  • Distribute newsletter with updates regarding RUAB initiatives and fundraising opportunities;
  • Spearhead marketing efforts for RUAB, including giveaway purchases, social media, etc.;
  • Record and distribute minutes for each RUAB meeting;
  • Act as a liaison to assigned Site Leaders/Service Trips.
Treasurer/Leadership Intern
  • Responsible for all duties of a Leadership Intern, including part-time office hours, event volunteer staff, etc.;
  • Serve as the fiscal steward for the RUAB organization budget;
  • Serve as the primary contact for any budget-related requests on behalf of RUAB and the Alternative Break trips;
  • Assist in the planning, scheduling, and execution of all selection processes (Staff Partner, participant);
  • Spearhead special projects as requested (examples include: assessment of Alternative Breaks experiences, benchmarking other institutional service trip programs, etc.);
  • Act as a liaison to assigned Site Leaders/Service Trips;
  • Act as a liaison between RUAB and Leadership & Experiential Learning.

Retreat Leader

Retreat Leader

Retreat Leaders are responsible for the safety, growth, engagement, and encouragement of all participants in our Summer Programs (Camp UKnight and the Discovery Program). The best Retreat Leader understands and is comfortable with their own worldview, is accepting of differences in others, is an exceptional team player, cares for the well-being of those around them, and approaches all Summer Program experiences with energy and passion.

Retreat Leaders are expected to be enthusiastic, developmental, attentive, and engaged in the experiences of all program participants.

During each Camp UKnight session held in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania, each leader will be responsible for a small group of Campers and for the general facilitation of both small and large group experiences. Camp Leaders will also be responsible for much of the planning and execution of logistical details and some of the conceptual design of the program with guidance from Leadership professional staff.

While leading our Discovery Program, Leaders demonstrate passion about making change within their community. As a leader for this experience, you will lead a group of incoming students in a three day, two night retreat focused on one of four tracks:

– Community Service
– Outdoor Adventure Learning
– Social Justice
– Environmental Sustainability
– Social Entrepreneurship

Discovery Program tracks run concurrently with one another and each program is run by its own set of Retreat Leaders who are interested in engaging with first year and transfer students on one of the above topics. Together with various community partners, the Discovery Program builds new relationships among incoming students while introducing them to the New Brunswick/Piscataway community they will be joining in a whole new way. By participating in various forms of reflection, students are challenged to widen their perspectives on economic, social, political, and environmental challenges in the community while actively in their own learning. Our leaders facilitate all aspects of the program and lead the reflections during the experience.

Once the summer is complete, the Retreat Leader’s responsibilities continue. In addition to planning reunion events for both Camp UKnight and the Discovery Program, Retreat Leaders will fulfill two primary roles. First, these leaders will act as our Lead-Up Academy and LEx Leader outreach and recruitment team. Since this team has had an opportunity to interact with the next generation of Rutgers Leaders, they are uniquely positioned to help these leaders find ways to engage with leadership development opportunities on campus. Second, the Retreat Leader team will use their facilitation and team building training to provide high impact training and team development programs for clubs and organizations on campus. This includes running various group interview processes for internal recruitment efforts and for external clients.

Are you ready to have a huge impact on over 250 incoming students, welcoming them to the Rutgers Leadership community while preparing them for their transition into college life? The LEx Leader Corps needs the best, brightest, and most enthusiastic Retreat Leaders to make it happen.

Event Production Staff

Event Production Staff

The LEx Event Production Staff gives you the opportunity to represent our office as the face of leadership development through creative marketing and programming initiatives on campus. This position is a great way to jump start your involvement with Leadership and Experiential Learning or continue your involvement in a different capacity. By becoming an Event Production Staff member, you get experience in public speaking, marketing, outreach, large-scale event planning, contracting, budget management, and more!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a LEx Leader?

What is a LEx Leader?

Premier student leaders who work with the Department of Leadership & Experiential Learning to carry out its mission to provoke thought, cultivate confidence, and inspire action in the Rutgers community.  LEx Leaders are broken down by units, and they help to facilitate and create transformational experiences for their peers.

What is required of all LEx Leaders?

What is required of all LEx Leaders?

In addition to fulfilling the requirements for the unit you’re assigned to, each LEx Leader is required to:

  • Attend a May retreat and a late August retreat
  • Attend one (1) workshop / training each semester
  • Volunteer at a minimum of two (2) departmental programs (ie: Leadership Week)

Can I apply for multiple positions?

Can I apply for multiple positions?

Yes – you can apply for multiple positions but understand that, in our effort to develop and polish leadership potential, our hope is to engage as many qualified candidates as possible. It is not uncommon for someone to balance two positions but the department would need a commitment that these experiences are a priority for you. These positions are intentionally tiered so as to develop competencies and give students the opportunities to grow from one position to another.

Are all of the LEx Leader positions volunteer?

Are all of the LEx Leader positions volunteer?

All but the internship are volunteer positions.  Leadership Interns are paid employees that work in Leadership Central (12-15 hours a week) throughout the year. The Leadership Internship is our premier leadership opportunity that the department holds.

Are there any pre-requisites to apply to be a LEx Leader?

Are there any pre-requisites to apply to be a LEx Leader?

These LEx Leader positions are available to any full-time, undergraduate student who holds at least a 2.5 GPA. We look for leadership potential and unique skills that will complement our teams. Knowledge of what the Department of Leadership & Experiential Learning produces is welcomed but involvement in every aspect of the department is not a requirement.

Are there any important dates/deadlines I should be aware of?

Important Deadlines & Dates (all dates are subject to change):

  • Round 1 – Applications for LEx Leadership Intern, LEx Retreat Leader, and LEx RUAB Executive Board are due on Monday, February 10, 2020. Interviews will take place on February 21 and February 22, 2020.
  • Round 2Applications for LEx Alternative Site Leader and LEx Mark Captain are due on Tuesday, March 24, 2020. Interviews will take place on  March 27 and March 28, 2020.

Retreat Dates:

  • Spring Retreat – May 15 – 16, 2020 – Off-site (All LEx)
  • Fall Retreat – August 26 (by unit) and August 27, 2020 (All LEx)
  • Please Note: Different LEx units may have additional training dates that must be adhered to as well.

What Skills Will I Gain?

Public Speaking

Managing Peers

Critical Thinking

Career Skills


Social Justice

Leave a Legacy Worth Remembering