Roosevelt House Student Guides

If you enjoy talking to people and are interested in history, you may want to become a Roosevelt House student guide. Roosevelt House, located on East 65th Street between Park and Madison Avenues, has been part of Hunter since 1942 and is the former home of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, and Sara Delano Roosevelt (FDR’s mother). Student guides offer tours to visitors at receptions for our numerous public programs and special events. The beautifully restored historic rooms at Roosevelt House resonate with the memories of the Roosevelts’ conversations and their influence in shaping the history of the city, state and nation; that legacy is echoed in the classes, human rights and public policy programs, and free public lectures, book talks and conferences that take place throughout the year at the House.

Roosevelt House guides play a critical role in sharing with our guests the history of the family, the house, the extraordinary ties between Eleanor Roosevelt and Hunter College, and the special role of the house as a college community center before it became a public policy center in 2010 after its restoration. Roosevelt House guides have met an amazing array of distinguished visitors through their work, including former President Bill Clinton, the Dalai Lama, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, former Senator Russell Feingold, former President of Chile Michelle Bachelet, Cabinet Secretary Arne Duncan, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, and many other distinguished authors, public officials, and leaders from all walks of life.

Roosevelt House guides are part of the Student Ambassador Program. Ambassadors participate in the recruitment process for new Hunter students and their families and assist at many high-profile college events. With additional training selected ambassadors become Roosevelt House guides.