University of California, Riverside

School of Public Policy

 Dean's Student Ambassador Program

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Dean's Student Ambassador Program

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  • Applications for 2019-2020 are now open. Deadline to apply has been extended to Friday, February 1st, 2019. Apply now.
  • Interviews will conducted as applications come in.
  • Qualified applicants will undergo a first interview with a search committee.  Finalists who are advanced will be invited back for a second interview.
  • Notifications will be made at the end of winter quarter. Ambassadorial service begins thereafter upon completion of onboarding/orientation.

As part of the marketing, communications and events arm of the UCR School of Public Policy, the Dean’s Student Ambassador Program is a leadership and student success initiative geared towards developing high-achieving public policy students and actively building the School's brand awareness and reputation. The program is particularly beneficial to students who might be interested in careers in public affairs.

 Ambassadors are cream-of-the-crop public policy students who serve the UCR School of Public Policy in a public affairs capacity as:

  • brand advocates
  • school representatives
  • outreach marketers
  • recruiters
  • event staff
  • role models

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 AmbassadorsApplications must be declared UCR undergraduate public policy majors or minors who have attended UCR for at least one quarter.
    • Freshmen and sophomores are strongly encouraged to apply. The program is also open to juniors, seniors expecting to remain a fifth year, and Master of Public Policy (MPP) students.
  • 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 higher education institutions are taken into account for undergraduate transfer students.


  • 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 all general assembly meetings
    • wear business attire
    • allow use of their images for marketing purposes by signing a photo/video release form
    • be available to participate in ambassadorial work during each quarter of the academic year of their service (fall, winter, spring)
  • Additionally, undergraduate ambassadors:
    • Must attend all orientation sessions and pass a probationary quarter
    • Must attend a minimum of 4 events per quarter
    • Must successfully participate in committee work for each year of ambassadorial service (and all associated activities, such as meetings)
  • MPP ambassadors:
    • Must attend all orientation sessions and pass a probationary quarter
    • Must attend a minimum of 1 event per quarter
    • Must provide peer mentorships
  • View a comprehensive outline of expectations for the program .
  • For further questions about expectations, please contact the Marketing Manager.

 Benefits of Being an SPP Dean's Student Ambassador:

    • leadership and management opportunities
    • public speaking development opportunities
    • public affairs training opportunities, including opportunities to learn about marketing, communications, and events
    • networking opportunities
    • serving as the student face of the School in marketing materials and receiving insignia items exclusive to ambassadors
    • potential for letters of recommendation for the most qualified ambassadors

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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