Leadership Opportunities

Make your mark on the John Martinson Honors Program.

While there are many ways to become a leader on campus and in the Boston community, Honors offers multiple unique opportunities for students who wish to leave their mark— by creating innovative and inclusive programming, guiding other Honors students, and, most importantly, by helping to shape the future direction of the Honors Program itself.

Leadership Opportunities Overview

Explore application details about each leadership opportunity below. You can watch our virtual student leader info-session (Fall 2023) here.

Honors Living Learning Assistants (HLLAs)

HLLAs are upperclass Honors students who facilitate a themed Honors LLC by helping to design and implement activities and events.

Honors Ambassadors

Honors Ambassadors act as representatives of the program, particularly at events for prospective students.

Honors Experience Learning Partners (HELPers)

HELPers support a section of the Honors Discovery Studio course and community engagement experiences for a cohort of new Internal Admit Honors students.

Honors Events Council

The Honors Event Council works to design and lead co-curricular programming to engage all Honors students.

Honors Solidarity Project (HSP)

HSP members plans events and affinity group spaces for Honors students who come from historically underrepresented backgrounds.

Honors Living Learning Assistants (HLLAs) Application Details

Honors Living Learning Assistants (HLLAs) are upperclass Honors student leaders who provide a bridge between the academic and residential life components of the Honors Program experience by supporting Honors Living Learning Communities (LLCs). Each HLLA is assigned to an Honors LLC for which they will provide mentorship and collaborative leadership, working with a faculty or staff LLC Coordinator. 


  • Honors student in their second year or above pursuing an undergraduate degree


  • Full academic year position
  • Students must live in the designated on-campus housing and are responsible for applicable housing costs
    • Students selected to be HLLAs will be assigned to a single room and will live with other HLLAs. 
  • Must be available:
    • On campus for LLC meetings and events, peer mentoring, and personal leadership development meetings, which may be held either virtually or in-person and will be scheduled according to participants’ availability
    • To participate in training sessions starting during Welcome Week
    • To meet once per month with their LLC Coordinator and Honors staff members and once per month with the entire HLLA team

This is a paid position, paid out b-weekly through the course of the academic year.

Applications for the 2024-2025 school year will open in the late Fall. For more information, please reach out to Brooke Tempesta or Shaelyn Casey.

Honors Ambassadors Application Details

Honors Ambassadors represent the Honors Program and assist with recruitment efforts. The group members embody a diverse range of colleges, majors, and experiences, and act as a resource for prospective students and their families. Additionally, the Ambassadors support the Honors Program community by helping to design, adapt, and lead various recruitment strategies and initiatives, particularly in a digital format and during on-campus enrollment events.  


  • Volunteer for at least two (2) recruitment/enrichment activities during the Spring semester and one (1) during the Fall semester
  • Attend monthly community meetings in the Fall and Spring semesters while they are enrolled in courses on the Boston campus and/or on co-op in the Boston area
    • Ambassadors who have communicated to the Program Manager that they are studying abroad, away on co-op, or for another reason are not in the Boston area for a given semester will not be subject to these requirements and will automatically be excused for the duration of their time away. 
  • Available to meet with prospective students and families during campus events and visits

Honors Ambassadors should feel comfortable engaging with large groups/crowds of students, prospective students, and their families. They also are expected to represent the University Honors Program in a positive tone in favor of demonstrating respect for others’ rights, feelings, lifestyles, and diverse backgrounds. 

Applications for the 2025 calendar year will open in the mid-Fall. For more information, please reach out to Joshua Canning.

Honors Experience Learning Partners (HELPers) Application Details

Honors Experience Learning Partners (HELPers) work with the Internal Admit (IA) Reimagined Program. HELPers are assigned to support a single Honors Discovery Studio course and at least four community engagement experiences throughout the semester.  Similar to the Honors Living Learning Assistants (HLLAs) and Service-Learning Teaching Assistants (SL-TAs), these leadership positions are focused on building community in and outside the classroom for a cohort of new Honors students.   


  • John Martinson Honors Program student.  Preference given to students who entered the program after their first term (Internal Admits). 
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Must be on the Boston campus for Fall 2024 with availability to attend all sessions of the Honors studios and monthly community engagement experiences
  • Patience, flexibility, ability to work independently and collaboratively, and a great sense of humor! 


  • Attend sessions of assigned Honors Discovery studio, co-teaching various class activities and providing feedback on reflection papers 
  • Provide logistical and promotional support surrounding planning, organizing, and attending 4 community building activities throughout the semester
  • Participate in program planning and training meeting(s) in late August
  • May attend Internal Admit pinning ceremony on DATE TBA to meet and greet new students
  • Participate in mid-term and end of program assessment, and offer suggestions for improvement
  • Foster a sense of community amongst members of the IA cohort.  
  • Promote the use of resources and opportunities available to Honors students through the John Martinson Honors Program

Personal & Professional Leadership Development: The HELPers will receive guidance and support for their own personal development of leadership and mentorship skills. Specifically:

  • Develop competencies in leadership, communication, collaboration, working with groups and teams, and more.  
  • Gain mentorship from Internal Admit Discovery Engagement Coordinator/ instructors! 
  • Mentor new Honors students regarding their academic, personal, and professional development.  

Compensation: Students will be compensated through one of the following

  • $1500 for Fall Term inclusive of August/September planning/training OR 
  • 1 Honors Requirement (for Legacy students only) 

Applications for the Fall 2024 semester are open now, with a priority deadline of April 8th, 2024! To apply, please send resume and cover letter to Brooke Tempesta, Associate Director.

Honors Events Council Application Details

Members of the Honors Events Council are upperclass Honors students who support and develop co-curricular programming for the University Honors Program, with special attention to fellow upperclass students.


  • Honors student in their second year or above pursuing an undergraduate degree


  • Full academic year position
    •  If a member is planning to join for only the fall or spring semester, this must be communicated at the time of application. 
  • Must be available to attend monthly group meetings of the full council, either in person or virtual
  • Each member is assigned leadership roles as an event chair person or committee member and is expected to complete any preparatory tasks associated with the event, as well as attend on the day of.

This is a paid position, paid according to a graduated levels stipend system.

Applications will open mid-Spring. For more information, please reach out to Shaelyn Casey.

Honors Solidarity Project Application Details

The Honors Solidarity Project (HSP) is made up of Honors staff and dedicated student leaders who are passionate about creating and sustaining a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusivity in the Honors Program. The HSP helps plan events and affinity group spaces for Honors students who come from historically underrepresented backgrounds, with a focus on cultivating a vibrant community where all Honors students feel welcomed, celebrated, and invested in to reach their full potential.


  • Attend and help plan monthly meetings and events

Applications for the HSP are reviewed on a rolling basis. If you are interested in applying, please send your resume and cover letter to Clarque Brown.

Hear from our Honors student leaders…

“A huge part of my journey through Northeastern has been heavily intertwined with the [the John Martinson] Honors Program. It has provided me a community and strong foundation of support since coming in as a first year. From taking Honors specific classes to speaking on panels as an Honors Ambassador, I have been able to explore and benefit from multiple aspects of the program. I am so grateful to be a part of such a driven and diverse community!”

Honors Ambassador, DEI Committee Member

Ihunaya Eluwa, COS and DMSB ’25

“From serving as an Honors Ambassador to being a Honors Living Learning Assistant, I’ve had the chance to engage with prospective students and families while mentoring Honors First Year Students. As a student leader, I’ve not only enjoyed meaningful interactions and insightful experiences but also discovered a supportive community that has truly made my college journey unforgettable. Embracing these experiences within the Honors Program has undeniably enriched my undergraduate education.”

HLLA, Honors Ambassador

Roshni Singh, COS ’24

“[Through the John Martinson Honors Program], I felt supported in ways unimaginable from my LLC to the unique global experiences that were made accessible due to the Honors global funds. I was motivated to share my experience as a HLLA and have been rewarded with unforgettable memories and long lasting relationships I will cherish for the rest of my life.”

HLLA, Honors Events Council Member

Ivan Lin, COE ’25

“Taking on a leadership role in Honors has meant connecting with students in the program, and in doing so, learning about different opportunities within Honors through hearing others’ stories. I’ve also had the pleasure of interacting more often with the staff at honors, and working with them to create fun programming that motivates others to become more involved.”

Program Manager for the Honors Alumni Mentoring Network

Sabrina Neimark, Bouvé ’24