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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

A student's health and their ability to thrive academically are closely linked. The Longhorn Wellness Center (LWC) supports the mission of University Health Services by offering programs that help prevent health conditions or health-related behaviors from being a barrier to a student's academic and personal success.

The Project

The intern will work with the Mental Health Promotion Coordinator at the Longhorn Wellness Center to create body positivity/health at every size/body image public health programming on the University of Texas at Austin's campus. The intern will research programming on other campuses, provide a literature review on relevant research, create recommendations for programs/initiatives, and help to create a marketing plan for implementing programs on campus. 

The Supervisor

Kelsey Lammy, Health Education Coordinator, Mental Health Promotion

Things You’ll Do

  • Researching body positivity/health at every size/body image programming at various educational institutions.
  • Scheduling informational meetings with other educational institutions to learn more about their programming, challenges, and successes. 
  • Create a literature review on public health initiatives surrounding body positivity/health at every size/body image research.
  • Provide recommendations for programming the UT at Austin surrounding these topics. 
  • Help create a marketing and communication plans for programming.
  • 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.
  • 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)

  • Familiarity with public health theories
  • Basic understanding of research methods
  • Understand the importance of including fat positivity in body image programming