Become a Colonial Ambassador

Applications for the 2017-2018 school year are now open and are due by Thursday, September 14 at 11:59 pm. For more information about the Colonial Ambassador program, please email [email protected]  or call 202-994-6435. 

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Mission & Overview

The Office of Alumni Relations leads the university’s efforts to strengthen and promote an invested alumni community that inspires lifelong loyalty and advances GW. The Colonial Ambassadors are a select group of undergraduate students that support this mission by serving as the connector for GW students and alumni, preserving GW history and traditions, and encouraging a spirit of giving among the students. 

Duties and Expectations

  • Demonstrate enthusiasm, professionalism, leadership and loyalty to GW
  • Serve for at least a one-year commitment (April – May)
  • Attend regular general body meetings, training sessions, and other mandatory events, including Colonials Weekend October 19-22, 2017
  • Devote an average of 10 hours per month to Colonial Ambassador-related activities
  • Make a philanthropic contribution to any part of GW
  • Be in good academic and judicial standing
  • Attend the Colonial Ambassador Retreat on Saturday, September 23, 2017 (8:30am - 4:00pm)


The goals of the Colonial Ambassadors reflect the Continuum of Engagement supported by the Office of Alumni Relations. Throughout the year, Colonial Ambassadors will be responsible for connecting with students and alumni through these four areas:

  • Activity—Serve as the connector for GW students and alumni
  • Awareness—Strengthen the Colonial Ambassador brand, and preserve GW history and traditions
  • Volunteerism and Philanthropy—Encourage a spirit of giving among the student body


As a member of Colonial Ambassadors, students will gain valuable skills that enhance their GW experience. Through interacting with alumni, connecting with campus partners, and participating in leadership training, ambassadors will develop in the following areas:

  • Leadership development—leadership involves a broad spectrum of skills and character qualities
  • Management—student leaders engaged in activities have a unique opportunity to learn and practice effective management
  • Effective Communication—a core competency needed by student leaders to ensure organizational achievement of goals and outcomes
  • Meaningful interpersonal relationships—establishing meaningful interpersonal relationships is critical for successful leadership and networking with others, including peers, faculty, staff and alumni

Events and Benefits

Colonial Ambassadors have access to some of the most meaningful events on campus, including the ability to connect with alumni, university staff, and fellow students. Some of these events include: