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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

Student Programs is the programming arm of the University Unions.

The Project

Our intern's main task will be assisting with Campus Events + Entertainment (E+E)'s summer programming initiatives. The main sections of this project are 1) planning and executing E+E's late night summer orientation programs, 2) helping plan the Unions' "Beat the Heat" event that takes place during Longhorn Welcome, and 3) helping plan E+E's Back to School Bash event, which takes place the first week school is in session in the fall.

The mission of the University Unions is to enhance the student experience and to enrich campus life by providing cultural, educational, social, and recreational programs as well as related goods and services to the campus community. The intern would be a vital part of creating some of our department's signature annual programs that enhance UT students' experience. Our intern's involvement also contributes to our goal of being a student-centric organization and giving students an opportunity to learn through experience.

The Supervisor

Cassidy Sansone, Assistant Director for Student Programs

Things You’ll Do

  • Brainstorming late-night orientation activities
  • Reaching out to vendors to bring activities for late-night orientation programs, Beat the Heat, and Back to School Bash
  • Helping write and oversee the University contracting process for vendors
  • Acting as day-of contact for vendors and helping manage E+E‚Äôs late-night orientation events
  • Collaborating with campus partners to plan Beat the Heat and Back to School Bash
  • Managing event budgets for late-night orientation events, Beat the Heat, and Back to School Bash
  • Working alongside summer student employees to support summer programs and office operations
  • Participate in all required Division of Student Affairs Internship Program cohort activities and assessments
 
What You’ll Learn

This internship offers not only tangible skills valuable in other positions (communication, event planning and management, budget management, marketing, contract and vendor management) but also valuable "soft" skills such as teamwork, collaboration, problem-solving, critical thinking, and professionalism.

  • 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.
  • Professionalism/Work Ethic: Demonstrate personal accountability and effective work habits, e.g., punctuality, working productively with others, and time workload management, and understand the impact of non-verbal communication on professional work image. The individual demonstrates integrity and ethical behavior, acts responsibly with the interests of the larger community in mind, and is able to learn from his/her mistakes.
  • 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)
  • Must be currently enrolled student
  • Preference will be given to upperclassmen
  • Interest and experience in event planning and event management preferred, but experience not required