Housing & Residence Life

Resident Assistant (RA)

Resident Assistant Role

Resident Assistants (RAs) are integral to the operation of our residence halls, and therefore are asked to fill a variety of roles ranging from friend and resource to programmer and peer advisor. Please read the role description thoroughly in order to become more fully aware of the qualifications required. Also you are encouraged to speak with members of our current team during our RA information sessions.

Through the leadership section of the HDRL website you should be able to find the information needed to answer many of your questions and guide you through the selection process. In particular, it is important to review the RA role description, the selection timeline, the dates and times for all information sessions and the recommendation forms required for all new hire candidates. Please note that a new hire candidate file is considered to be complete only after both a successfully submitted online application and a letter of recommendation have been received.

As RAs serve in prominent roles on campus, we are committed to selecting only the most capable and dynamic staff members. Therefore, the selection process is designed to enable us to learn as much as possible about each candidate. Please give this careful consideration as you complete the online application and progress through the interview process. Getting to know you is key to making an appropriate fit for you and our staff.

2017 - 2018 Academic Year RA Application Process 

The application for Resident Assistant (RA) opportunities for the 2017-2018 academic year is currently closed. Please see details below for information regarding the rolling application process for the Resident Assistant position.


RA Information Session presentation

Summer RA Application Process (May 16 - August 14, 2017)

The application for Summer Resident Assistant opportunities for the 2017 summer terms is now live! The application process for the 2017 summer term for current RAs will open beginning Friday, March 17, 2017 and will close Friday, March 31 2017. 

Please be aware that you must be in one of the following categories to apply for the Summer RA role:

  • Category 1: you are a current RA who would like to be an RA for the summer (you do not have to be returning to the role for the 17-18 academic year).
  • Category 2: you have been hired as an RA for the 17-18 academic year, and would like to be an RA for the summer.

Instructions for how to access the application and/or intent process can be found at the link below:


Summer 2017 Resident Assistant (RA) Application Instructions

Rolling RA Application Process (2017-2018 academic year)

The Rolling Resident Assistant Application for the 2017-2018 academic year will open beginning Monday, April 3, 2017 and will close on Friday, September 1, 2017. 

If you apply during the Rolling RA Application process, your application will be retained for the Fall 2017 semester, should there be any vacancies on the RA staff. Applicants selected for interviews by individual RCs, based on necessity throughout the Fall 2017 semester. These interviews can take place in person, or via Google Hangout.

Instructions for how to access the application and/or intent process can be found at the link below:


2017 - 2018 Rolling Resident Assistant (RA) Application Instructions

Important links
Important Information for RAs Receiving Financial Aid from Duke


HDRL RA Role Description


RA & GR Selection FAQs

For more information, please send an email to rlselections@duke.edu or contact Associate Dean Janine Weaver-Douglas at janine.weaver.douglas@duke.edu.