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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 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 University Unions is the community center for the university, offering activities, programs, services and facilities that complement the academic mission and the focus on student development. Our facilities and management include the Texas Union, the Student Activity Center, the Hogg Memorial Auditorium, the Student Services Building, and 2609.

The Project

The HR Internship project will be to impart a generalist knowledge to the chosen intern. The specific desire is to perform work in the development of Professional Development curriculum for UU staff members, both student and PTE and FTE's. This starts with the Student employment handbook and Employee handbook to welcome new team members to the organization and to provide information that will assist the new team member the mission and vision of the organization and to ensure that all new members of our organization share in the mission and vision. We are a hospitality driven environment and want our team members to have all the tools and information to provide an optimum environment for all those that enter through our doors or interact with us in a professional endeavor. 

The Supervisor

Debbie Dillingham, Director of Human Resources, University Unions

Things You’ll Do

  • Creating Employee Handbooks
  • Researching resources and establishing a portal to assist team members in accessing such information
  • Developing outreach packets for new team members as we welcome them to the team
  • Learning HR Generalist practices on outreach and the related outcomes for employees in their career life cycle
  • Other team engagement duties and or project that build our community
  • Participate in all required Division of Student Affairs Internship Program cohort activities and assessments

What You’ll Learn

This type of generalist and real world experience translates nicely as they launch their careers post UT to gain entry into Higher Education or the private sector.  HR is a diverse career field and entry level experience can launch a lifetime career as well as be a sound basis for legal and equity roles as well. This type of experience can open doors in the immediate and lead to wonderful roles and responsibilities.

  • Oral/Written Communications: Articulate thoughts and ideas clearly and effectively in written and oral forms to persons inside and outside of the organization. The individual has public speaking skills; is able to express ideas to others; and can write/edit memos, letters, and complex technical reports clearly and effectively.
  • 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.
  • 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)

  • Any course related studies in Human dimensions, psychology, education, business
  • Have a strong desire to help employees excel in their roles with the Unions and to impart vision and mission to led to a shared goal.