The WCHS welcomes involvement from students across campus. The Houses maintain public hours so that all students can take advantage of the dining rooms in the House System and attend the public programming that occurs nearly every week. These programs range from language conversations over dinner to discussions hosted in the House Professor's apartment. Employment opportunities are also available for graduates and undergraduates.

Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate Resident Fellows (URFs) are undergraduates who serve as pillars of the community in the house. Often juniors and seniors, these residents are committed to supporting the well-being of individuals and community in the house. An active presence on their floors and helping to facilitate a cohesive community lets the URFs have a pulse on how things are going. They partner with Graduate Resident Fellows to create a healthy community.

URF Job Description
URF Conditions of Employment
URF Application Preview

Strong preference will be given to candidates who live/have lived on West Campus prior to applying. 

House Office Assistants (HOAs) are undergraduate staff that support the House Offices. The House Office is the central hub of the house. This office distributes residents' mail and packages, assists with lockouts, troubleshoots facilities, supports the house programming through advertising and social media, and assists all residents and guests of the house. Personable, engaging, organized, and responsible undergraduate students serve as Office Assistants. Interested students should apply directly to the House Office they are interested in being a part of. Staffing occurs at the beginning of each semester.

Graduate Students

Graduate Resident Fellows (GRFs) are graduate or professional students who live in and work directly with undergraduates in the House System. The GRFs are an incredibly dynamic group of students who value the learning that occurs outside of the classroom and take on a leadership role within the house community.

If you will be a a full-time registered graduate or professional student at Cornell University and have completed at least one (1) year of graduate or undergraduate study at Cornell by August 2024 please review the materials below and submit your GRF application:

GRF Job Description
GRF Conditions of Employment
GRF Frequently Asked Questions
GRF Application Preview

The GRF's role is demanding and rewarding. GRFs share on-call responsibilities for their House and are trained to support residents' well-being. Looked to as the community leader, GRFs will partner with their Assistant Dean to address student concerns and enforce community standards. As an intellectual role model and mature community member, the GRF can also expect to serve as a friend and mentor to residents.

Application Process


Application Process FAQs


Friday, December 1

Thursday, January 18th at 6:00pm

Monday, January 22nd  at 7:00pm

Thursday, January 25th at 7:30pm

Monday, February 5th at 11:59pm

Late-Feb through mid-March

Mid-March to Spring Break

Applications Live in Portal

GRF Info Session - Big Red Barn, 135 Presidents’ Drive (Behind A.D. White House)

GRF Info Session - Keeton House (Seminar Room – 141 Across from House Office)

URF Info Session - Bethe House (Seminar Room - 240 Across from the Common Room)

Online Application and other required materials due

Select candidates will be contacted for interviews

Notification of hiring decisions


Required Materials (Due Monday, February 5 by 11:59pm)

  • Online Application
    • Includes short essay questions
    • Resume Upload
    • GRF ONLY: Letters of Recommendation
      • One of your letters must be from your faculty advisor, or if you do not have an advisor then a faculty member with whom you have worked closely.