Destination Arizona Leaders

You don’t point to a destination, you take them there.


Applications open Monday, March 11 - Wednesday, April 3. 

Destination Arizona Leaders (DAZLs) are a group of enthusiastic student leaders who are committed to creating a welcoming environment for over 10,000 new Wildcats and their families during Destination Arizona. Student leaders gain valuable experience through the execution of Destination Arizona events including small group & mentorship opportunities. DAZLs make an impact on a new student’s transition that sets the tone for the rest of a student's journey at Arizona. 

The Destination Arizona Leader position offers opportunities to: 

  • Develop leadership and customer service skills including public speaking and mentorship. 
  • Positively impact new students and families.
  • Coordinate exciting programs for Destination Arizona. 
  • Form close relationships with professionals across campus.
  • Create lifelong friendships. 

You should apply to be a DAZL if: 

  • You want to create a positive and welcoming environment at The University of Arizona. 
  • You enjoy helping other people.
  • You want to gain or strengthen your leadership and communication skills. 
  • You are a motivated individual who can take initiative, be flexible and punctual.
  • You can work in a team environment where differences are valued, encouraged, and supported.

Applications are due Wednesday, April 3, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. If you have any questions regarding the Destination Arizona Leader position, please contact the Destination Arizona team at

  • You are a degree-seeking undergraduate student. 
  • You maintain good academic and conduct standing.
  • You can commit to work in-person on Main Campus from July 15 - August 24, 2024.
  • Students must demonstrate an interest in working with new students from a variety of backgrounds and total commitment to creating a positive new student transition.
  • Selected on the basis of previous work experiences, knowledge of The University of Arizona, leadership, scholarship, enthusiasm, and creativity.
  • Should possess a warm and friendly manner, sincerity, patience, flexibility, maturity of judgment, punctuality, and a willingness to follow a prescribed standard of excellence.

Selection will be based on two rounds of interviews. The first round will consist of a group interview that will take place between April 8 - April 11. Candidates who advance from round one will participate in an individual interview held April 16 - April 19. 

  • Support Orientation & New Student Services staff and campus partners in the set-up, logistics, facilitation, and take-down of events. 
  • Actively participate in all mandatory trainings (in-person & virtual), programs, and events.
  • Help students navigate campus by answering questions, giving directions, suggesting resources and events, and providing a warm welcome to the Wildcat community.
  • Draw from personal experiences to answer questions with a positive attitude and demeanor.
  • Work early mornings and late evenings during program days. 
  • Lift, carry, and sort materials.

Destination Arizona Leaders need to be available for all the listed dates below. Few exceptions will be made for absences during July - August given the importance of this role to the Wildcat community.

May 2024

  • TBD: Destination Arizona Leader Social [Optional]
  • Monday, May 20: Complete Position Onboarding & Virtual Trainings

June 2024

  • Monday, June 24: Complete Virtual Trainings 

July 2024

  • Monday, July 15 - Friday, July 26: Destination Arizona Leader Training

August 2024

  • Monday, August 19 - Wednesday, August 21: Program Run-Through and Set-up
  • Thursday, August 22: Welcome & Check-In 
  • Friday, August 23 - Saturday, August 24: DESTINATION ARIZONA! 

All trainings and dates listed above with the exception of Destination Arizona Week (8/19 - 8/24) will happen between the hours of 8 AM and 5 PM. You will be expected to work outside of 8 AM to 5 PM business hours during the Destination Arizona program. Additional hours to assist with program preparation and set-up will be available for students from May - August, however not mandatory.

  • $14.50/hour 
  • Uniforms
  • Exclusive Destination Arizona & Destination Arizona Leader merch
  • Snacks, drinks, and food during trainings and Destination Arizona
  • 100 % Engagement Designation on transcripts

The Destination Arizona Leader Application contains 3 short answer questions that should be answered in 1-3 sentences. This is your chance to show passion and personality - don't worry about spelling, grammar, or structure! 

  1. Why are you applying to be a Destination Arizona Leader?
  2. What skills do you hope to work on as a Destination Arizona Leader? 
  3. What is your favorite memory of Destination Arizona? If you haven't been to Destination Arizona, what factors affected your decision not to go?