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The Division of Student Affairs Internship Program

The Division of Student Affairs Internship Program allows students to spend a summer handling a special project for the university designed to prepare them for life after graduation. Interns will work 19 hours per week for 10-weeks. These part-time internship positions offer a competitive compensation package that includes an hourly wage and housing assistance. Undergraduate students are eligible to apply. The internship runs from June 1, 2020 to August 7, 2020. The application is due February 16, 2020.

Although internships range in subject matter and skill set, each position is designed to prepare all students for life after graduation. For this reason, each intern will submit various assessments relating to their development in the areas listed in the “What You’ll Learn” section below. These skills, otherwise referred to as the NACE career competencies, have been identified by higher education and corporate recruiting leaders as critical to a student’s career preparation.

Please contact utlei@austin.utexas.edu with questions.

*Undergraduate students must be enrolled in the Spring 2020 semester to be eligible. 

The Office

The Office of Residence Life, housed in University Housing and Dining, believes living on campus is about more than sharing a room. It's about building community. These campus residence halls support learning and growth outside the classroom with individual support, special programs and unique learning environments.

The Project

The intern will have a unique opportunity to serve as a student consultant and team member on special projects during the summer. The intern will learn the organizational structure and culture of Residence Life, and work specifically on projects related to student staff selection, training, student move-in, and summer residential life. This position will be supervised by the Assistant Director for Residence Life, and work closely with the Complex Coordinator overseeing summer residential life.

This intern will serve as a team member on the committee that designs and shapes centralized resident assistant training. They will inform and provide insight into curriculum and structure of the training. They will work in collaboration with residence life professionals and under the supervision of the Assistant Director for Residence Life.


The Supervisor

Shauna Sobers, Assistant Director for Residence Life of University Housing & Dining

Things You’ll Do

  • Student Staff Training: Develop ideas for icebreakers to engage Resident Assistants and assist with design of Resident Assistant training schedule
  • Provide support for Residence Life processes including welcoming new residents, training student leaders, and developing programs that engage residents.
  • Participate in mentorship conversations with Assistant Directors for Residence Life
  • Design marketing materials using online platforms to support Residence Life projects
  • Engage UT students and student affairs professionals via social media to gather feedback
  • Collaborate and partner with UHD professionals in weekly project meetings on Residence Life projects
  • Benchmark with comparable institutions on student leadership and engagement in the residence halls
  • Participate in all required Division of Student Affairs Internship Program cohort activities and assessments
 
What You’ll Learn

  • Critical Thinking/Problem Solving: Exercise sound reasoning to analyze issues, make decisions, and overcome problems. The individual is able to obtain, interpret, and use knowledge, facts, and data in this process, and may demonstrate originality and inventiveness.
  • Digital Technology: Leverage existing digital technologies ethically and efficiently to solve problems, complete tasks, and accomplish goals. The individual demonstrates effective adaptability to new and emerging technologies.
  • Teamwork/Collaboration: Build collaborative relationships with colleagues and customers representing diverse cultures, races, ages, genders, religions, lifestyles, and viewpoints. The individual is able to work within a team structure, and can negotiate and manage conflict.

Who You Are (Preferred Qualifications)
  • Skilled in design and marketing
  • Skilled in understanding and managing spreadsheets and data
  • Prior student leadership and/or employment experience highly preferred