Our role at Virginia Tech is simple- to represent the voice of the students to the University community. From parking to sustainability, there’s certainly a lot of work to be done. How do we handle it? By having students like you who want to make a difference.

Within your Student Government, there are three branches- Legislative, Executive, and Judicial, and they’re very similar to the roles found in our national government.

Opportunities to work with SGA open periodically throughout the year, such as through Slogan Contests or through new Director positions, and will be posed on the Opportunities page on our website.

Our organization has three primary recruiting periods throughout a given academic year:

[icon_timeline][icon_timeline_item time_title=”First 3 Months of the Fall Semester – Committees”]During the first few months of the fall semester, Directors will hold application periods to find students for a committee. Not all positions hold committees, so reach out to a Director if you’re interested and would like more information. Committee positions are open to all students regardless of year, major, or previous involvement within SGA. Time commitment varies depending on the committee, but are often a great entry point into SGA as they generally have the lowest time commitment.

All committee applications can be found on our GobblerConnect page, and are shared on our website, social channels, and listserv.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”March of the Spring Semester – Election for Offices”]Every year key positions in SGA are determined by a University-wide election. These roles include, but are not limited to, President, Vice President, Speaker of the House, and Senators. While higher offices such as the President require previous involvement within SGA, offices such as Senator do not. Students can represent an organization, their college, or be a student representative at large. While students are required to run in an election for these positions, one does not need an enormous campus network in order to be competitive.

Students must attend an interest meeting in order to be eligable to run for office. These meetings are hosted shortly after the start of the Spring Semester, and information can be found on our various channels.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”Late Spring Semester- Executive Positions”]Shortly after the conclusion of the Spring Election, the newly elected President and Vice President will choose their cabinet and executive team members. These positions range from Treasurer to Director of Equity and Inclusion, and are filled via on online application process found on the SGA website. Most positions are open to any and all students, and decisions are made based on merit.

Legislative positions such as Speaker of the House are voted on internally by members of the Legislative branch.[/icon_timeline_item][/icon_timeline]

How do SGA Positions differ than ones for Class Office?

  • Class Officer: These generally happen in the first part of the Spring Semester, and only first year students are eligible to run. The positions represent exclusively the first year class. Positions are similar to SGA (Pres, VP, Treasurer, Sec, etc) and all officers serve for life. They’re held through the Alumni Association, and Class Officers work closely with the Alumni Association and Ring Tradition, such as Ring Dance and Ring Design. They have a slight governance role, but for the most part focus on programming.
  • Student Government: Elections generally happen in Mid-March, and positions are for one year terms. These students represent the entire student body, and thus all students are eligible to run for office. Positions open are President, Vice President, and Legislative Members. President and Vice President generally require former involvement in SGA though through committees or another role Legislative is often times the most open position, as students can serve as a representative of their college as well as a student at large. SGA does some programming, but most of the work is through governance, such as on academics and large issues affecting campus. Like class offices, the newly elected officers will pick their cabinet and directors via an open application (ex if a student wanted to work with transportation or sustainability)

Can I run as a freshman? A transfer?

The basic requirement is that you must be currently enrolled as an undergraduate at Virginia Tech, and plan on being enrolled for the year of your term. So yes, all undergraduate students are able to get involved in SGA

Do I need to have a large presence on campus to run?

Officers will be expected to communicate with their constituents, but for most positions having a large campus following is not a requirement for getting into office. In fact, the election process is tailored so that students from all over campus can participate in SGA.

I want to get involved, but I don't really want to go through an election. What are my options?

As noted above, there are many opportunities for students that don’t want to run for a formal office. They can be found on the opportunities page of our website periodically throughout the year.