Student Government Association (SGA)

Become a Candidate

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Apply to Be a Candidate

Are you interested in joining Student Government Association? If you said yes, you should become a candidate in this year's elections!


Available Positions

Elected Positions

  • President and Vice President (slate)
  • College of Liberal Arts
  • Raj Soin College of Business
  • College of Science and Math
  • College of Health, Education, and Human Services
  • College of Engineering and Computer Sciences
  • Residential Senator
  • Commuter Senator

Appointed Positions

  • Chief of Staff
  • Director of Internal Affairs
  • Director of External Affairs
  • Policy Administrator
  • Speaker of the House (Director of Student Organizations)
  • Director of Academic Affairs
  • Director of SGA Internship Program
  • Director of Inclusive Excellence and Accessibility
  • Director of Student Affairs


Candidate Requirements

  • Complete the SEC Candidate Training
  • Complete the required signature requirements from either the student body or respected college
  • Meet position requirements (college, residential/commuter, class standing, etc.)

Rules and Regulations

Review SGA election rules and regulations.


Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do I have to be super interested in Government/Politics to join?

    Absolutely Not! Student Government consists of a variety of different students from all different majors and interests. The only requirement you need is a passion and drive for making a difference on campus for your fellow students.

  • Are there paid positions?

    All SGA positions are paid positions with the exception of "Associate" positions and committee members.

  • If I already hold a paid student worker position in another organization, can I hold another in SGA?

    Yes! As long as you do not exceed the maximum 28 student worker hour limit set by the University.

  • What's the difference between Elected and Appointed Positions?

    Elected positions are positions that are voted upon by the students. You are required to get signatures from you constituents during campaigning, then once the polls open, the students vote on their representative. 

    Appointed positions are positions appointed by the Chief of Staff and President. Appointed positions go through an interview process with senior members of the organization, then voted upon by the Senate.

  • What is the time commitment?

    It depends on the position you are going for. Refer to our bylaws for the position you are going for to find out exactly how many hours you are expected to work along with our weekly meeting.

  • How do I get signatures?

    Getting signatures is actually a very simple process. All you have to do is talk to students in your respective constituent (i.e the business school if you are going for business, etc). This can be done by going and talking to classes, going to highly populated areas. As long as you get the required number you need.

  • Do I have to Interview?

    Only appointed positions have to go through a required interview through the organization.