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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.

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

The Office

SHIFT is a new initiative working collaboratively with partners both on and off campus to change the culture of substance use from one of default use/misuse, to one more grounded in holistic health and well-being. 

The Project

SHIFT is a new initiative at UT Austin that aims to shift the culture of substance use on campus from one of default use, to one that cultivates well-being. There are six pilots that will have launched by Summer 2020 that engage students, faculty, and staff in a different conversation around substance use, challenging the current norms. 

This internship will assist in the creation and strategic vision of SHIFT-related communications. This student will work closely with SHIFT staff, and other strategic campus partners, to develop impactful messaging to the UT community as it relates to SHIFT‚Äôs mission to change campus culture. Student will draw from various data to create informed messaging and bring their unique voice to inform student-centered communications. Communications will vary, but may include social media messaging, communications to targeted audiences, and/or messaging related to programming (i.e. tailgating, safer events, etc). 

The Supervisor

Kate Lower, Director of SHIFT, University Health Services

Things You’ll Do

Shifting the culture of substance use on college campuses has never been done in this way before, so cultivating innovation is at the core of this program. Branding and messaging is an essential part of expanding our efforts to gain recognition to affect change. Finding key strategic opportunities to connect with our unique message will be a huge contribution toward success.

  • This intern will work closely with SHIFT Communications Coordinator to identify key messages and opportunities during Fall semester in which SHIFT might have the most impact (i.e. tailgates, Halloween, etc)
  • Generate drafts of communication content, both written and visual, for various mediums (hard copy and digital copy) 
  • Utilize various data sets to inform messaging
  • Compile comprehensive communications plan for Fall 2020
  • Attend regularly scheduled SHIFT team meetings, and other meetings as needed
  • Participate in all required Division of Student Affairs Internship Program cohort activities and assessments
What You’ll Learn

This position would offer a student a tremendous opportunity to be part of building a brand new, innovative program from the ground up. The student will learn how to market a brand and ways to establish themselves as a professional. They will also get invaluable insight into what it takes to work as a team member across disciplines and get buy-in from across a system. 

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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)

  • Related field of study: Health Communications, Marketing, Public Relations, Social Services, Public Health
  • Interest in substance misuse prevention, public health, brand establishment/recognition, social media, student messages, creative process
  • Skills related to graphic design and creative content creation a plus