University of California, Riverside

School of Public Policy

Dean's Student Ambassador Program

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Dean's Student Ambassador Program

The Dean’s Student Ambassador Program is a leadership and student success initiative of the UCR School of Public Policy, geared towards developing the highest-achieving public policy students.

 Ambassadors are part of an elite group of public policy students who serve as:

  • brand ambassadors
  • role models to the public policy student population
  • mentors to their peers
  • professional representatives of their School to external constituents such as distinguished guests, potential donors, prospective students, and the media.

Reporting to the Marketing Manager and the Chief Student Ambassador, the ambassadors serve the marketing and outreach arm of the School; they spread the word about not just their personal brands, but more importantly, the UCR School of Public Policy brand. 

Ideal ambassadors are leaders among leaders who adhere to the shared values of the program:

  • Dedication
  • Enthusiasm
  • Professionalism
  • Teamwork
  • Customer Service
  • Conscientiousness
  • Initiative
  • Refinement
  • Communication

Selection Guidelines:

  • Student AmbassadorsDuring the winter quarter of each year, applications will be open to UCR undergraduate public policy students (both majors and minors - freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors expecting to remain a fifth year) and Master of Public Policy (MPP) students.
  • Applicants must be declared public policy majors or minors and must have attended UCR for at least one quarter.
  • All applicants must have a minimum 3.2 cumulative GPA.
    • For undergraduates, exceptions can be made for students who compensate with high public policy/upper division major GPAs and/or whose transcripts do not include any Ds or Fs from the past year.
    • Transcripts from previous institutions are taken into account for undergraduate transfer students.

 Benefits of Being an SPP Dean's Student Ambassador:

  • leadership and management opportunities
  • public speaking development opportunities
  • networking opportunities
  • serving as the student face of the School in marketing materials
  • receiving branded gear exclusive to ambassadors
  • special recognition at commencement
  • potential for letters of recommendation for the most qualified ambassadors


  • All ambassadors serve on an ongoing basis until graduation, depending on continuing satisfactory performance. They are expected to:
    • demonstrate academic excellence and maintain strong quarter and cumulative GPAs; they must sign a release form to allow SPP staff to review GPAs on a quarterly basis
    • maintain the highest ethical standards of academic honesty
    • attend bi-quarterly (2x per quarter) operations meetings
    • wear business attire
    • allow use of their images for marketing purposes on the website, in brochures, etc.; by signing a photo/video release form
  • Additionally, undergraduate ambassadors:
    • Must attend all orientation sessions during their spring probationary quarter
    • Must participate in 1 committee for each year of ambassadorial service
    • Must attend committee meetings, up to 4 per quarter
    • May provide peer mentorships to the public policy student population via office hours on a voluntary basis per quarter
    • May volunteer for events geared toward undergraduate student recruitment
  • MPP ambassadors:
    • Must attend the first orientation session; they may also attend optional others during their spring probationary quarter
    • Have no committee expectations
    • Must provide peer mentorships to undergraduate ambassadors; no office hours expectations
    • May volunteer for events geared toward MPP recruitment


How to Apply:

  • Applications for the 2017-2018 cohort open Friday, November 18th, 2016. Click here for the application form.
  • You may submit your application material as soon as you receive all your Fall 2016 quarter grades. Applications, personal statements, and resumes must be received by the Marketing Manager no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 27th, 2017.
  • Interviews will be conducted as applications come in, and may be scheduled as early as the first week of winter quarter.
  • Qualified applicants will undergo a first interview with a search committee comprised of the Ambassador Marketing Manager and the Dean’s Chief Student Ambassador.
  • Finalists will then be invited back for a group interview with the Dean and a mixer style interview with current ambassadors.
  • Notifications will be made in mid- to late Winter 2017. Ambassador service will begin shortly thereafter, with training sessions throughout Spring 2017.

More Information 

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Contact Information

School of Public Policy
Anil B. Deolalikar
Founding Dean
Professor of Economics

Student Affairs
Tel: (951) 827-2334

Dean’s Office
4133 CHASS Interdisciplinary South
Tel: (951) 827-5564

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