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Resident Assistant Internship & Leadership Exploration Program (RAILE)

Leadership development is an exciting opportunity provided by living in our residence halls! The RA Internship and Leadership Exploration Program (RAILE) is an optional leadership development activity that will allow you to see into the life of a RA while gaining exposure to valuable leadership skills and campus opportunities that can be applied to your professional goals. It is not a requirement for consideration for the Resident Assistant position, but portions of the program can be submitted along with an application.

RAILE is an individualized experience where students have the opportunity to choose their journey for completion! We offer three different Certifications based on the ways in which the participant wishes to engage in this program!

Primary RAILE Certification – Completion of any Five Components regardless of category, and the reflection paper, will grant you this certification.

Blue RAILE Certification – To gain a broad perspective of leadership within Residence Halls, we recommend the Five Core Components.

Gold RAILE Certification – If you complete the Five Core Components and the Five additional Choose Your Own Components, you will reach the final level of certification

The program starts October 1 and goes through mid-March. Program participants are matched with a guide RA from your complex and take part in a series of core experiences and select from a wide variety of additional options. For more information, please talk with any of the Residence Life staff or see the RA Internship and Leadership Exploration Program Checklist (sample from Academy Street Complex). Commuter students are also welcomed to participate, and can inquire about the program through the RAILE Program’s coordinator: Tierra Fields.

Fall 2016 RAILE Opportunities

Are you looking for opportunities to gain additional experiences and complete RAILE checklist components? Don’t miss these upcoming opportunities to work towards completing your RAILE goals!

Centralized Leadership Workshops (open to all RAILE participants)

Tuesday, February 7, 8 p.m.

Gilbert Hall Main Lounge

Monday, February 13, 6:30 p.m.

Christiana Commons Projector Lounge

Monday, February 15, 7 p.m.

Caesar Rodney Main Lounge

Interview Preparation Workshops:
We encourage you to RSVP to guarantee a place in the workshop. The reservation form can be found through the Career Services Center Handshake Student Portal.

Wednesday, February 8,
2:30 p.m.

Career Services Center

Thursday, February 9,
1 p.m.

Career Services Center

Important Dates for the 2016-17 RAILE Program


Complexes will host Interest and Orientation sessions for participants

Oct. 3, 2016

Official start of the program. Students can begin the program at any point after this date by communicating with the RAILE coordinator or their complex staff.

March 3, 2017

Any participant who would like RAILE documents to be included with RA Application must turn in paperwork to Guide RA by this date.

April 14, 2017

Any participant who wants to earn any level of completion certification or have their RAILE information on file must turn in paperwork to Guide RA by this date.