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Leadership Opportunities

The Archer Center offers custom-designed workshops for student organizations and coordinates several leadership programs and events. Center staff facilitate courses and work with faculty across the campus to develop interactive formats for classes and laboratories.


Leadership Educators Advising Peers (LEAP)

The Leadership Educators Advising Peers (LEAP) program is comprised of a select group of Rensselaer students who are trained in leadership education and workshop facilitation. LEAP trainers design and facilitate workshops each semester for individual students and student organizations. Workshop content is often focused on team dynamics.

Each new LEAP member attends four sessions focused on building facilitation, public speaking and needs analysis skills. These sessions coincide with weekly meetings. Each LEAP trainer is mentored by a professional faciliator in the Archer Center for Student Leadership Development and is expected to hold workshops for fellow students and students organizations on teambuilding, communication, public speaking and goal setting.  LEAP Trainers will be trained in:

  • Leading groups of students through various leadership based exercises
  • How to manage large groups of people with various backgrounds and needs
  • Personal public speaking skills
  • Current experiential education and group dynamics theories
  • Active learning tools and techniques
  • Conflict management and facilitation techniques
  • Team development theory and techniques

For more information about how LEAP can make a difference, view this video clip!

Trainer Requirements
  • Recommended cummalative GPA of 2.8. If your GPA does not meet this requirement, a comments section has been provided on the application to address this issue
  • Excellent communication skills
  • A desire to learn and apply leadership theory
  • All majors and class years welcome
Time Commitment

First-time LEAP trainers can expect to spend roughly 18 hours a semester dedicated to learning facilitation skills and associated theories. Another 15 hours will be dedicated to facilitating workshops for fellow students. The total time commitment is approximately 33 hours per semester.

How to Apply

LEAP recruitment takes place in the Spring Semester.  Interested students can contact Glen Gross ( for more infromation about the process.


Professional Leadership Program (PLP)

With a focus on intellectual agility, global awareness and multicultural sophistication, the Professional Leadership Program (PLP) is designed to give junior and senior students the opportunity to practice becoming strong, resilient people of great character who can translate that into a professional workplace. The PLP is designed to emulate a professional environment, with a special emphasis on applying leadership skills to the workplace. An experiential approach is utilized to provide students with the opportunity to enhance their leadership style,skills and philosophy.

Focus on the Workplace

Through guest speakers and interactive experiences, PLP students explore the impact of changes in the global market, how to adapt to them, and how to operate successfully in the global community. Corporate culture and values are examined, while students discover what to expect as leaders and followers in the workplace.

The PLP provides valuable opportunities to meet, interact, and network with corporate executives. Students will learn to assess if a company or organization is a good fit for them. They will also learn how to present themselves powerfully. By sharpening individual and team skills, students begin to develop important tools for success in today's work world.

How to Apply

The application and selection process is an important part of the PLP experience. Sophomores, juniors and seniors from all academic disciplines are invited to submit a resume, and complete an interview during which students must persuasively illustrate what they expect to achieve from the PLP and also what they, as a participant, would offer the program and other participants.

To apply, submit the following information to the Archer Center for Student Leadership Development, via email to

  • Resume
  • Cover letter

Comprehensive interviews will be conducted for the PLP program as part of the application process. 


Professional Leadership Series (PLS)

The Professional Leadership Series is designed to assist graduate students in the development of their leadership and teamwork skills by focusing specifically on communication skill sets. Through experiential learning, students are exposed to specific leadership theories and skills. The seminar series encourages students to explore their beliefs about leadership and professional development in a discussion format. This learning approach is designed to promote further development of students’ leadership abilities. Communication in multiple forms will be emphasized.


How to register

Graduate students who would like to register for PLS or would like more information about the program can contact: Judith Obiero,

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Leadership House

Leadership House is a shared-interest residential community that allows approximately 40 first-year students the opportunity to explore leadership through fun, hands-on activities and interactive workshops. Students participating in Leadership House become more aware of the complexities of leadership and how they apply to life at Rensselaer and beyond; all while developing close friends as they reside in a supportive community on a common floor within a specific residence hall.

Leadership House is designed as a full year experience during which time students  have the opportunity to examine leadership through a variety of topics including:

  • Goal Setting
  • Leadership Styles & Characteristics
  • Communication
  • Teambuilding & Team Dynamics
  • Conflict Management
  • Values Clarification & the Appreciation of Differences
  • Decision Making

Throughout the course of the year Leadership House participants will:

  • Examine leadership theories, their applicability, and their implications.
  • Identify essential elements of effective leadership in practice.
  • Analyze personal values and link them to goals and vision.
  • Articulate their own understanding of the purposes, processes, and practices, of leadership.
  • Develop a personal leadership philosophy.

The National Society of Leadership and Success

The National Society of Leadership and Success, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Chapter, was started in Fall 2017 by The Archer Center for Student Leadership.  The purpose was to provide a program that reaches a larger student population across all 5 academic schools.  Members will increase their leadership capacity and develop success plans by discovering their passion.


Students will be invited to join the Society based on certain criteria.  Any student can apply for nomination at the website.

Members will then work towards Induction.  These steps include:

  • Orientation (1 hour event)
  • Leadership Training Day  (3 hours event)
  • Attend three speaker Broadcast (1 hour each)
  • Attend three Success Network Team meetings (1 hour each)
  • Induction Ceremony

The program has built in flexibility to accommodate student’s schedules.  Many of these events have an alternate online feature if the member is unable to meet in person.

Other additional opportunities: Students with interest can apply to join the Executive Board of the Society and/or can work towards a National Engaged Leadership Award (NELA) involving a component of community service.

Member benefits:

  • Scholarships & Awards: Access to over a quarter-million dollars exclusively to Society members each year for tuition, community service and educational assistance
  • Job Bank: Apply to jobs/internships and access to employers seeking to hire Society members
  • Partner Discounts & Benefits: Enjoy discounts on many retail goods and services
  • Speaker Broadcasts: A series of six live streamed speaker broadcasts per year by celebrities, authors, motivational speakers and professionals on relevant topics facing students and graduates
  • Success Networking Team: Participate with your Society peers in goal setting, accountability and commitment to action
  • Success Coaches: Improve skills, refine focus and interact with a professional success coach
  • Broadcast Archive: Online access to past presentations from more than 50 nationally renowned Society speakers.
  • Professional Communication Training: A professionally administered communication assessment tool  (DiSC) helps you identify your own communication style, teaches you to recognize and appreciate other styles and prepares you to interact effectively with others
  • Motivational Mondays: Get inspired each week by a recording delivered directly to you
  • Monthly Newsletter: Read the Society Newsletter highlighting scholarships, chapter and member success stories, advice from leading motivational speakers and more