What is USG?

The University of Iowa's Undergraduate Student Government (USG) is looking for hard-working, committed undergraduate student leaders to apply for First-Year and At-Large Senator positions. Students will be selected through an application and interview process to represent over 20,000 undergraduate students at the University of Iowa.

What Does it Mean to be a Senator in USG?

Senators represent their constituents (the undergraduate student population) at weekly Senate sessions held on Tuesdays at 7:00 pm. Senators work initiatives to improve campus, voice concerns of their fellow students, and vote on the allocations of the Student Activity Fee (approximately $1.8 million). USG has created or funded numerous large-scale initiatives at the University of Iowa. Some notable examples include CAMBUS, the Airport Shuttle, IMU rentals, Being Not Rich @ Iowa guide, and the First-Generation Summit.

Why Join USG? 

As a member of USG, Senators have the opportunity to work with students, faculty, staff, and outside organizations to better the student experience at Iowa. Senators learn to communicate in a professional manner, coordinate efforts between multiple groups, and advocate for changes on behalf of constituents. USG is a great way to get to know the leaders at the university and to become a leader as well.  

Are you interested in being a part of the Undergraduate Student Government? We are currently looking for students to apply to become USG Senators. Senator applications open on Monday, August 16th, and close on Monday, September 5th at 11:45 p.m. 

Who is Eligible and Who Should Apply?

Any undergraduate student in good academic standing is eligible to apply for a Senate seat. Candidates must also be in good non-academic standing with the Office of the Dean of Students.  

If you have any interest in serving undergraduate students through student government, give the application process a shot! There is no experience in student government needed!

Where is More Information Available?

The Internal Affairs Committee planned several informational events for those interested in learning more about USG to be held throughout the first weeks of the semester. The dates of these events range from August 20th-September 3rd. These events include opportunities to meet current USG members and ask questions, as well as a resume workshop with the Pomerantz Career Center. 

  • OnIowa! Breakfast with USG
    • Friday, August 20th from 8:30-10:30 a.m. 
    • Connect with USG members and eat some breakfast. 
    • Student Activity Center (260 IMU)
  • Open House with USG President and Vice President
    • Thursday, August 26th from 5-6 p.m. 
    • Come join USG President, Regan Smock, and Vice President, José Muniz, as they answer your questions about joining USG. 
    • Herky Room (343 IMU)
  • Breakfast with USG
    • Friday, August 27th from 8:30-10:30 a.m.
    • Connect with USG members and eat some breakfast.
    • T. Anne Cleary Walkway
  • Pomerantz Career Center Resume and USG Application Workshop
    • Monday, August 30th from 5-6 p.m.
    • Herky Room (343 IMU)
  • Casual Senate Open House
    • Tuesday, August 31st from 5:30-6:30 p.m.
    • Meet current USG Senators and learn more about what it's like to be a USG Senator before our weekly Senate meeting. After the Open House, applicants are invited to attend Senate.
    • Herky Room (343 IMU)
  • Student Organization Fair
    • Wednesday, September 1st from 6:00-8:00 p.m.
    • Come meet USG members and learn more about USG.
    • Hubbard Park
  • Pomerantz Career Center Resume and USG Application Workshop
    • Thursday, September 2nd from 5-6 p.m.
    • Herky Room (343 IMU)
  • Instagram Live Q+A with Jack and Yardley (Virtual Event)
    • Thursday, September 2nd (Time TBD-Evening)
  • Coffee + Connect (Virtual Event)

When Does this Process Take Place?

  • Applications open: August 16th
  • Applications close: September 6th at 11:45 p.m.
  • Internal Affairs Committee reviews and scores applications: September 7th- 10th  
  • Invite to interviews released: September 11th by 11:59pm 
  • Interviews: September 17th-18th  
  • Release of nominations: September 19th (3 options below)
    • Not offered a spot at this time
    • Offered spot on the alternate list
    • Offered spot as Senator
  • New senators’ first meeting: September 21st  

How to Apply 

  1. Complete the application and submit your resume linked here on USG’s Engage site.
    • Make sure you are logged into the Engage Website
  2. **Both the application and the resume must be submitted by September 6th at 11:45 p.m. to be considered for a position. No exceptions will be made.

The Internal Affairs Committee of USG will review and score applications and resumes without knowing who the applicant is. This is in an effort to have fair evaluations of applicants. More weight is given to the application portion of the score than resumes in efforts to encourage applicants with good ideas to apply with less emphasis on their past experience. Applicants with the highest scores at the end of the review process will be invited to interview with the Internal Affairs Committee. All applicants will receive notification, regardless of if they move on in the process or not. 

Questions? 

Please reach out to the chair of the Internal Affairs Committee, Alexis Carfrae (alexis-carfrae@uiowa.edu).