Leadership Opportunities


Resident Student Association (RSA) 

The RSA is the representative body of resident students at Northeastern. It is composed of members of every hall council, as well as an elected executive board. RSA works to improve the quality of life for all resident students at Northeastern University. This mission is completed through the planning and implementation of campus-wide events and through service on various University committees.

Stetson West, Suite 128
(send mail to 4 Speare Hall)
(617) 373-8682 (voice)
(617) 373-7538 (fax)

The RSA plans programs for the resident population and represents students to the Department of Housing & Residential Life and the University administration on all issues dealing with student housing.


General Council

The general council is the main deliberating body of the RSA. It deals with issues and plans programs that involve all residence facilities. The general council is divided into four committees: administration, finance, programming, and housing services.

Hall Councils

Each residence hall or complex is served by one or more hall councils comprising at least four residents who live in that area. The members of hall council meet regularly to discuss issues affecting students in their area. They work with a professional staff member (who also acts as advisor) to improve the quality of life for their constituents.

In addition, hall councils are tasked with planning and implementing events for their fellow students, as well as purchasing equipment for student use, including board games, DVD collections, video game systems, and pool tables.

Events sponsored by hall councils include ski trips, paintball trips, movie nights, ice cream socials, and assorted competitions. The hall council program is overseen by the Resident Student Association in consultation with the Department of Housing & Residential Life.

National Residence Hall Honorary

The National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) is an honor society consisting of the academic top one percent of residents within Northeastern's residence halls.

Advisory Committee

Learning Community Advisory Committees are your way to help influence the programmatic aspect of your Living Learning Community (LLC) or Sophomore Thematic Experience Program (STEP). By being a member of the advisory committee, you’ll work with other University Staff and Faculty to help meet the needs of your community and peers through:

  • Large-Scale Programming
  • New Educational Initiatives
  • Advocacy Work

All of our Learning Communities and STEPs have been organized into seven different advisory committees, which are listed below:

Our Advisory Committees meet monthly in order to continue conversation, generate ideas and improve the living community for you and your peers. Become involved today in order to shape the experience for everyone!

For more information, please contact Matt Lewis, Assistant Director for Residential Life at mat.lewis@northeastern.edu.


resident assistant (ra)

Position Overview

The primary goal of the RA position is the development of an environment conducive to the academic and personal growth of residential students. Resident Assistants (RAs) are a student leaders who live in an undergraduate or graduate residence hall and serve as role models, peer counselors, resources, advocates, educators, community standard upholders, and community builders for residents. RAs also assist with the safety and well-being of students, as well as the planning and implementation of social/educational engagements that expand the student experience outside the classroom.

Becoming an RA

To be considered for an RA position, students must participate in our selection process, which typically includes a written application and an interview.

To review the minimum qualifications, please click here

Looking to Apply?

Access RA application here!

Currently, we are only accepting applications for Spring 2019 positions. Applications for Spring 2019 will close on October 21 at 11:59pm. The Fall 2019 RA application goes live on October 22, 2018.

Application Resources

Frequently Asked Questions – Answered!

Writing Strong Reflective Essays

Spring 2019 Application Process Information Session

Spring 2019 Semester Resident Assistant Selection Process 
Monday, October 1, 2018 RA Applications available for Spring 2019 positions
Sunday, October 21, 2018 Spring 2019 RA applications due by 11:59pm.
Thursday, October 25, 2018 – Monday, October 29, 2018 Email communication with candidates regarding interview offers
Tuesday, October 30, 2018 – Wednesday, November 14, 2018 Interviews conducted with Spring 2019 candidates
Wednesday, November 27, 2018 – Thursday, November 28, 2018 Email notification of candidates regarding their status
Tuesday, December 4, 2018 Spring 2019 RA agreements due by 11:59pm
Wednesday, January 2, 2019 All new Spring 2019 RAs return by 12:00pm

*Please note: only students in at least their second year at Northeastern are eligible to participate in the Spring 2019 selection process.

Monday, October 22, 2018 RA Applications available for Fall 2019 positions
Monday, October 29, 2018 – Friday, November 9, 2018 In-Community Information Sessions (check in with your Resident Assistant or Residence Director/Area Coordinator for more specific details)
Tuesday, November 13, 2018 General Information Session at 7:00pm, location TBD
Wednesday, December 5, 2018 General Information Session at 7:00pm, location TBD
Saturday, January 5, 2019 Fall 2019 RA applications due by 11:59pm
Monday, January 14, 2019 Fall 2019 RA application reference forms due by 11:59pm
Thursday, January 17, 2019 – Friday, January 18, 2019 Email communication with candidates regarding interview offers
Saturday, January 26, 2019 – Sunday, January 27, 2019 Interviews conducted with Fall 2019 candidates
Monday, January 28, 2019 – Wednesday, January 30, 2019 Phone/Skype interviews  conducted with candidates who are abroad or working at out of state co-ops
Tuesday, February 5, 2019 – Thursday, February 7, 2019 Email notification of candidates regarding their status
Thursday, February 14, 2019 Fall 2019 RA agreements due by 11:59pm
Wednesday, August 14, 2019 Fall 2019 RA Training begins

If you have any questions regarding the RA position, please email Assistant Director, Christina Alch at c.alch@northeastern.edu