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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.

The program starts October 1 and goes until March 1 for students interested in the RA position. Participants not interested in the RA position have until April 13 to complete the program.

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.

Get Certified

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

Fall RAILE Opportunities

StrengthsFinder Workshop:
To participate in a StrengthsFinder Workshop, email Tierra Fields Tierra Fields at least 48 hours before the session to obtain a StrengthsQuest code. In your email please include the date of the session you will attend.

Monday, October 15, 8 p.m.

Harrington Engagement Center

Tuesday, October 23, 8 p.m.

Caesar Rodney Lounge

Friday, November 9, 2:00 p.m.

Gilbert Main Lounge

Attend a RAILE Leadership Workshop:

Thursday, November 15, 8 p.m.

Redding Main Lounge

For additional workshops, dates, details, and checklist items, please refer to your RAILE Checklist.

Important Dates for the 2018-19 RAILE Program


Interest and Orientation sessions will be held for participants.

Oct. 1, 2018

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 1, 2019

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

April 12, 2019

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.

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