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Development Intern (Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs)

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

The Division of Student Affairs Development Team, housed in the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA), collaborates with units and departments within the Division and Texas Development to support scholarships, programs, initiatives, facilities, and more. Our team is comprised of a Development Director, Development Engagement Coordinator, and two student workers. Together, we cover all aspects of development for the Division of Student Affairs including endowments, stewardship, events, contact reports, and much more. Our mission is to serve the students of The University by complying with University Development practices and standards while also keeping the values and mission of Student Affairs as a priority. 

The Project

The intern’s main project will be to help us plan for a large-scale donor and alumni event that will take place in Spring 2021. This event will focus on the Division of Student Affairs and fundraising as it appeals to those interested in supporting our programs, scholarships, projects, and initiatives.

The Supervisor

Alma Garcia, Development Engagement Coordinator

Things You’ll Do

  • Create a project plan that includes a logistical overview, timeline, and budget assessment
  • Attend project meetings with the Development Director, Development Engagement Coordinator, Texas Exes partnership staff, Vice President for Student Affairs, and stakeholders as needed
  • Train in VIP Database, UT’s donor database system designed to record data, create reports, and track gifts
  • Attend training on gift report reconciliation from the VIP Database Write and record weekly stewardship cards and letters to donors and friends 
  • Attend summer orientations sessions for incoming students and answer student and their families’ questions as needed 
  • Order and restock supplies for orientation sessions and giveaways for parents and donors
  • Support the planning and execution of seven special summer orientation sessions with the Vice President for Student Affairs 
  • VIP Database training including VI 100, VI 101, VI 120, VI 300, VI 500, VI 510, and VI 250 and
  • Gift report reconciliation from the VIP Database
  • Weekly stewardship cards and letters to donors and friends
  • 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 (Qualifications)
  • Skilled in design and marketing
  • Background in communications or public relations
  • Skilled in understanding and managing spreadsheets and data
  • Prior student leadership and/or employment experience highly preferred