Student Affairs Internship Program

The Student Affairs Internship Program, a partnership between the School of Education Department of Leadership Studies and the Division of Student Life at USF, offers opportunities for USF graduate students in the Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA) MA program to gain invaluable work experience in student affairs and an ability to contribute to the Jesuit mission and goals of the institution.

Internship experiences are 9-10 months in duration and require that students work an average of 18-25 hours/week in an assigned department. Experience can be gained in a variety of settings including student housing, cultural centers, student activities, leadership, orientation, academic support services, student conduct, greek life, and more.

Placement Questions: Contact the program at SAIP@usfca.edu.

Students within the Master of Arts in Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA) program engage in rigorous academic curriculum with practicum experiences in various areas of student life. Every HESA course is infused with an examination of equity and a passion for social justice. Class conversations and coursework focus on improving access to higher education for first generation and low-income students.

The HESA program prepares students for a professional career in student affairs and leadership in higher education. SAIP is an important component of this preparation for many of our students to further their professional experience and opportunities to network with colleagues at USF and at our partner institutions. The program trains professionals to understand issues of equity and social justice in higher education while thinking critically about how to transform organizations to improve educational outcomes for all students.

The internship program experience is intended to support praxis (the integration of theoretical and research coursework through reflection) within the context of student affairs in higher education. 

Through SAIP, graduate interns will

  • Practical Experience: Gain practical experience in one, or more, functional area(s) of student affairs.
  • Discernment: Develop the skills to engage in professional and personal growth by reflecting on how their identities shape the multiple aspects of their experience in the field of student affairs.
  • Critical Student Affairs Knowledge: Become familiar with foundational knowledge, literature and associations within the field of student affairs through an equity and social justice lens. 
  • Career Preparation: Be provided opportunities to refine skills and develop materials for the job search that help the intern maintain authenticity and integrity. 

Internship experiences aim to develop skills guided by ACPA/NASPA Professional Competencies Rubric (2016), a joint publication by two professional associations of the field: ACPA (College Student Educators International) and NASPA (Student Affairs Professionals in Higher Education). 

The ten competency categories are:

  1. Advising and Supporting
  2. Assessment, Evaluation, and Research
  3. Law, Policy, and Governance
  4. Leadership
  5. Organizational and Human Resources
  6. Personal and Ethical Foundations
  7. Social Justice and Inclusion
  8. Student Learning and Development
  9. Technology
  10. Values, Philosophy, and History
     

The following are examples of the kinds of positions students have occupied during the 2021-2022 academic year and at which institutions:

Dominican University

  • Student Organizations and Leadership Coordinator

Stanford University

  • Disability Empowerment Hub Program Coordinator
  • Inclusion, Community, and Integrative Learning Program Coordinator

University of California, Berkeley

  • Graduate Assistant for Orientation

University of San Francisco

  • Assistant Residence Director
  • Black Achievement Success and Engagement
  • Campus Activities, Student Leadership & Engagement
  • Graduate Coordinator for Operations, Cultural Centers
  • McGrath Institute for Jesuit Catholic Education, Department of Leadership Studies
  • New Student & Family Programs
  • Residential Operations Manager
  • Engage USF, McCarthy Center
  • Graduate Coordinator for Student Development and Advising, Cultural Centers
  • Leadership Programs, Student Leadership & Engagement
  • Student Engagement Intern to Student Engagement Unit-Division of Student Life
  • Student Government, Student Leadership & Engagement

Internship Placement Timeline for the 2022-2023 Academic Year

January 7: SAIP Application Opens

February 4: SAIP Application Closes

February 7-24: Application Review and First Round Interviews

March 4-9: Second Round Interviews

March 21: Notification of Internship Offers

March 23 - onward: Round Two Placement Process (Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.)

 

Application for the 2022-2023 Academic Year

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Prior to starting the application, you should be prepared to upload one general resume (PDF only), and written responses to the following prompt for each internship you are applying:

PROMPT: The internship experience is ideally an experiential learning opportunity that can provide students with the chance to both explore and deepen a commitment to a career in higher education. In a short written statement, reflect on how this internship placement connects to your potential career pursuits. What do you hope to contribute to this internship placement? What do you hope to get out of an internship in this particular department or office? (300-400 words)

If you have any questions, please email SAIP@usfca.edu. Thank you and good luck!

 

Available Internships for the 2022-2023 Academic Year

Updated: June 16, 2022

Position Title: Student Organizations & Leadership Coordinator 
Division: Student Life 
Department: Office of Student Engagement 
Reports to: Assistant Director of Student Engagement 
Supervises/Advises: Registered Student Organizations 
Status: Graduate Internship, PT 
Date: July 2022 – May 2023

 

ABOUT THE OFFICE OF STUDENT ENGAGEMENT 

The mission of the Office of Student Engagement is to provide co-curricular opportunities for students and student organizations designed to promote learning, leadership development, social responsibility, understanding, and personal growth. These experiences nurture campus pride and student success to 
advance an inclusive and equitable community. This office oversees New Student Orientation, ASDU (Student Government), Student Clubs and Organization, Torch First Generation Success Program, Campus Ministry, S and participates in campus-wide committees. 


SUMMARY OF POSITION 

Reporting to the Assistant Director of Student Engagement, the Coordinator's position will have a strong focus on developing and assisting student organizations, including direct work with the members, officer teams, and faculty/staff advisors. This position is a ten-month live-in internship within the Division of Student Life requiring 20 hours per week (additional hours will be required in the weeks preceding and following semester start/finish dates). As a live-in internship, the Student Organizations & Leadership Coordinator will also be required to participate in campus-wide duty coverage and other duties as assigned within the Department of Residence Life. Additionally, the Coordinator will work with the professional staff in the Office of Student Engagement to support and deliver campus-wide programming efforts, the student leadership training, and departmental/divisional initiatives. 


ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Student Organizations Coordinator 

  • Oversee all student organizations, including new organizations, and the annual registration process. 
  • Support the officer teams as needed, including development of officer training, maintaining updated Student Organization guide, and workshops on topics relevant to the student organizations.
  • Assist the Faculty/Staff advisors, including advisor training and the RSO Advisor Guide. Advise the Finance Committee, responsible for the Funding Request process. 
  • Coordinate bi-annual Involvement Fair. 
  • Meet regularly with student leaders in support of event planning and management efforts, budget management, meeting facilitation, and conflict resolution. 
  • Update and maintain information on the website. 
  • Assist in executing the Leadership Awards Ceremony in the spring semester. 

Residence Life On-Call Professional Staff

  • Serve on campus wide pro-staff on-call duty coverage. 
  • Participate in the Residence Life training program to understand campus policies and procedures.
  • Provide support to the Resident Advisor staff and enforce policies and protocols.

Departmental & Divisional Responsibilities 

  • Actively participate in Divisional and Departmental team meetings. 
  • Participate in departmental/divisional training and developmental opportunities.
  • Collaborate with other departments within Student Life and special University events such as; Shield Day, Family Weekend, and Commencement, etc. 
  • Maintain office hours to facilitate student contact. 
  • Other duties as assigned. 


PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCIES

Outlined by ACPA/NASPA Professional Competency Areas for Student Affairs Practitioners (2015), the primary competency areas that the graduate intern will develop, include: 
Advising and Helping: Addresses the knowledge, skills, and attitudes related to providing advising support, direction, feedback, critique, referral, and guidance to individuals and groups. This competency is developed through mentoring and advising student leaders and organizations on campus, and by building rapport with the students.

Student Learning and Development: Addresses the concepts and principles of student development and learning theory. This includes the ability to apply theory to improve and inform student affairs practice, as well as understanding teaching and training theory and practice. This competency is developed through creating, facilitating and evaluating student training and retreat activities. 

Human and Organizational Resources: Focused on the knowledge, skills, and attitudes used in the selection, supervision, motivation, and formal evaluation of staff; and the effective application of strategies and techniques associated with financial resources, facilities management, fundraising, technology use, crisis management, risk management, and sustainable resources. This competency is developed through the supervision and evaluation of student leaders and staff, the understanding of conflict resolution strategies and techniques, and event management. 


SUPERVISION & MENTORING RECEIVED 

The Student Organizations & Leadership Coordinator reports to and is supervised by the Assistant Director of Student Engagement. There is an expectation that the Student Organizations & Leadership Coordinator will communicate regularly with their supervisor and will meet as needed to discuss department-specific issues. In addition, the SOLC will work closely with the Director of Student Activities & Engagement and
members of the Student Life Staff; the SOLC may be asked to partner with staff colleagues on other duties and assignments as needed. 

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS 

To be a successful Intern, an individual must be able to perform each essential task and responsibility. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Bachelor's degree from accredited institution; 
  • Must be concurrently enrolled in a graduate degree program in Higher Education or similar field of study; 
  • Experience in planning/organizing student activities and events, and in working with student groups or leadership programs; 
  • 1 year of residence life and/or transferable student affairs experience preferred. 

COMPENSATION 
This position is compensated as follows: 

  • Furnished single occupancy suite within a designated residence hall at Dominican University of California (July 2022 – May 2023); 
  • The equivalent of a 14 meals-per-week meal plan; 
  • $400 professional development funding (with approval by Director of Student Engagement); 
  • $20/hr for an average of 20 hours per week (start and end of semester may require 25hrs/week) 


CONTACT/HIRING MANAGER 
Jessica Frazier 
Senior Director of Student Engagement & Student Life 
Dominican University of California 
Jessica.Frazier@dominican.edu 
(415) 482-3569 


NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY 

Dominican University of California offers equal education and employment opportunity to all persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, gender, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran’s status. This policy is in consonance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972; Executive Order 11246, as amended; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; and applicable laws of the State of California. 

ABOUT DOMINICAN UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA 

Dominican University of California is an independent, international, learner-centered university of Catholic heritage, offering both undergraduate and graduate programs. The University, located 13 miles north of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge in beautiful Marin County, is focused on excellence in liberal arts and professional education. As an institution of higher learning, the University seeks to attract an active, culturally and academically diverse faculty and staff of the highest caliber. Dominican has a 1:11 teacher-to-student ratio, an average class size of 15, with a small-town feeling in a park-like campus. We blend interdisciplinary core courses, real-world studies, and small classes with close and supportive academic advising and mentoring. For additional information, please visit www.dominican.edu.
 

Inclusion, Community and Integrative Learning Program Coordinator 
2022-2023


The Office of Inclusion, Community and Integrative Learning (ICIL) is seeking a passionate and graduate student to join ICIL staff for the academic year. Collaborating with professional staff on various projects, the Program Coordinator will work closely with the Assistant Dean for Student Support to provide programmatic support for the Certificate in Critical Consciousness and Anti-Oppressive Praxis program. Additionally, the program coordinator will have the opportunity to engage in projects surrounding inclusion and free speech on campus, as well as generalized support for underrepresented and marginalized student communities. This position co-supervises graduate students.


Timeline: September 2022 - June 2023; may be adjusted to incorporate a semester schedule Remuneration: $25/hr for 30 weeks, 10-15 hrs a week or a total of 450 hours over the course of an academic year.


ICIL Program Coordinator Position Description 

  • Provide programmatic support for the CCC&AOP program including (70% of time)
    • Serve on a core team that provides feedback and consultation about curriculum and programming 
    • Serve as the manager for operations and deliverables coordination, including scheduling and attending meetings and sessions, overseeing communications, surveys, budget, website updates
    • Co-supervise and help onboard 3 graduate/post-docs facilitators for the program ○ Develop and brief programmatic updates to the Advisory Board and Research Team ○ Prepare and co-facilitate meetings throughout the duration of the program ● ICIL-Wide Program Assistance (20%) 
    • Support Assistant Dean in projects related to advocacy and strategy for emerging student affairs issues on campus 
    • Other duties as assigned 
  • General administrative support (10%) 
    • Utilize various tools to support the department such as Microsoft Office Suite, Google Suite, email management, etc. 
    • Serve as a member of the ICIL by participating in meetings and giving feedback on regular and on-going programming 

What we're looking for: 

  • Strong operational and organizational skills to manage multiple things at once
  • Experience with or a strong interest in diversity, inclusion, equity, and justice programs
  • Independent practitioner who takes initiative on projects and delegates accordingly 
  • Team-player who is comfortable mediating sensitive conversations in large group dynamics
  • A positive attitude with a strong work ethic

What we will do for you: 

  • Actively involve you to the extent possible in the Division of Student Affairs and ICIL to be able to learn and grow in your student affairs practice 
  • Connect you to close work experiences with Stanford students 
  • Provide feedback and support in your development 

To Apply: 
Please fill out the application on the USF SAIP website.

Reporting to the Associate Director, the Graduate Intern will contribute to the short and long term goals of Student Leadership and Engagement (SLE) and its programs. Working in a variety of areas, the Intern will use their experience to assist in efforts to reach the departmental
outcomes supporting students & leadership development and promoting student engagement in co-curricular activities. Specifically, the Intern will assist with the development and coordination of student organization services offered by SLE in conjunction with the Associated Students of the University of San Francisco (ASUSF) and the Associated Graduate Students of the University of
San Francisco (AGSUSF).

Responsibilities

  • Provide general support and advisement for student organizations
  • Conduct outreach to registered student organizations to strengthen organizational capacity including compliance with policies, recruitment and retention, event planning, leadership transition, and access to resources
  • Coordinate the tracking and compliance of selective membership processes for undergraduate student organizations (including fraternities and sororities) and assist with the planning of community-wide programming, including topics of risk management, new member education, and leadership development
  • Coordinate the registration and orientation process for student organizations and provide support with financial processes and other resources
  • Develop trainings and workshops to support the development and growth of student organization leaders
  • Support the supervision of four Student Organization Consultants

Provide support for student involvement in Greek Life

  • Assist with compiling and updating Greek membership records and semester reports
  • Advise Greek organizations that need additional assistance such as those facing retention concerns, not meeting membership minimums, etc.
  • Assist with advising the Greek Council including the development of training/retreats, planning and execution of activities and programs, budget planning process, and the
  • recruitment, selection, advising, and evaluation of executive officers

SLE Departmental/Program Support

  • Provide support for SLE departmental signature programs including but not limited to Involvement Fairs and Student Leadership Conference
  • Participate in department/unit/division activities including meetings, retreats, events, and
  • staff development
  • Other duties as assigned

Professional Competencies

Outlined by ACPA/NASPA Professional Competency Areas for Student Affairs Practitioners (2015), the primary competency areas that the graduate intern will develop, include:

Advising and Supporting (A/S)

  • Providing advising and support to individuals and groups through direction, feedback, critique, referral, and guidance. Through developing advising and supporting strategies that take into account self-knowledge and the needs of others, we play critical roles in advancing the holistic wellness of ourselves, our students, and our colleagues.

Leadership (LEAD)

  • Leadership involves both the individual role of a leader and the leadership process of individuals working together to envision, plan, an affect change in organizations and respond to broad-based constituencies and issues. This can include working with students, student affairs colleagues, faculty, and community members.

Organizational and Human Resources (OHR)

  • Student affairs professionals bring personal strengths and grow as managers through challenging themselves to build new skills in the selection, supervision, motivation, and formal evaluation of staff; resolution of conflict; management of the politics of the organizational discourse; and the effective application of strategies and techniques associated with financial resources, facilities management, fundraising, technology, crisis management, risk management and sustainable resources.

A complete list of competencies can be found at www.naspa.org or www.myacpa.org.

 

Qualifications

Enrollment in Master’s program required; School of Education preferred. Generalist experience in student affairs is preferred in the areas of student organizations, leadership, and event planning. Applicant must have a solid understanding of programming and advising student organizations and strong administrative skills. Self-starter attitude and ability to complete tasks in a timely matter would be ideal traits in a successful candidate. Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint required. 

Time Commitment and Compensation

A full year commitment is required, open to application for a second term if eligible. Intern will work Monday–Friday (some evenings and/or weekends required) at a rate of $20.00 per hour for 20 hours per week during each academic semester. In addition, 25 hours per week for 3 weeks prior to the start of fall semester, and 6 hours plus one additional week of 25 hours prior to the start of spring semester is required for training and planning purposes. Funding support for professional development or Dons Dollars in the amount of $350 will be provided by the department. Please note all compensation is taxable.

Hiring Manager

César Delgadillo

Associate Director, SLE

 

About the Gender and Sexuality Center and its Graduate Student Coordinator Role
The Gender and Sexuality Center (GSC) is the University of San Francisco’s gender justice and LGBTQ+ resource center that provides students with development opportunities and support. The GSC works closely with the Intercultural Center (IC), the university’s center for students of color and students who are working in solidarity towards social justice at the intersections of race, ethnicity, class, and culture. Both centers belong to the Cultural Centers department within the Division of Student Life’s Student Engagement unit.

Under the supervision of an Assistant Director of the Cultural Centers and with support from the Cultural Centers staff (including the IC’s Graduate Student Coordinator), the coordinator will be responsible for developing and promoting the educational and programmatic initiatives of the GSC. The coordinator will build skills in the operation of the Cultural Centers and deepen their understanding of the LGBTQ Student Services  and Women’s Centers functional areas. The coordinator will also have opportunities to work collaboratively with others in the Division of Student Life as well as academic affairs, including cross-campus committee participation and leadership.

Goals for the GSC Graduate Student Coordinator include but are not limited to:

  • Gain an understanding of the theoretical frameworks, and more generally skills and knowledge that inform the practice of diversity education in student affairs.
  • Gain and/or enhance skills and knowledge of how cultural centers operate and collaborate with various university departments and student organizations to fulfill its mission.
  • Develop and strengthen programming, evaluation, training, management, advising, and supervisory skills.
  • Gain an understanding of the needs of historically underserved students (women, people of color, LGBTQ students, etc.) and efforts that are known to increase retention and persistence. 

PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCIES

Personal and Ethical Foundations: 
Involves the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to develop and maintain integrity in one’s life and work; this includes thoughtful development, critique, and adherence to a holistic and comprehensive standard of ethics and commitment to one’s own wellness and growth. Personal and ethical foundations are aligned because integrity has an internal locus informed by a combination of external ethical guidelines, an internal voice of care, and our own lived experiences. Our personal and ethical foundations grow through a process of curiosity, reflection, and self-authorship.

Organizational and Human Resources
Includes knowledge, skills, and dispositions used in the management of institutional human capital, financial, and physical resources. This competency area recognizes that student affairs professionals bring personal strengths and grow as managers through challenging themselves to build new skills in the selection, supervision, motivation, and formal
evaluation of staff; resolution of conflict; management of the politics of organizational discourse; and the effective application of strategies and techniques associated with financial resources, facilities management, fundraising, technology, crisis management, risk management and sustainable resources

Social Justice and Inclusion
While there are many conceptions of social justice and inclusion in various contexts, for the purposes of this competency area, it is defined here as both a process and a goal which includes the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to create learning environments that foster equitable participation of all groups while seeking to address and acknowledge issues of
oppression, privilege, and power. This competency involves student affairs educators who have a sense of their own agency and social responsibility that includes others, their community, and the larger global context. Student affairs educators may incorporate social justice and inclusion competencies into their practice through seeking to meet the needs of all groups, equitably distributing resources raising social consciousness, and repairing past and current harms on campus communities.

Student Learning and Development
Addresses the concepts and principles of student development and learning theory. This includes the ability to apply theory to improve and inform student affairs and teaching practice.

GENERAL SCOPE OF RESPONSIBILITIES
During the work experience, the intern will participate in all the center’s operations to gain a comprehensive understanding of the administrative, programmatic, developmental, and strategic aspects of the centers.  The major components of this internship include:

Supervision and administration

  • With support from one of the Assistant Directors of The Cultural Centers and in partnership with The Cultural Centers’ Career Staff, supervise GSC interns including mentor, advise, and provide feedback, conduct regular check-in meetings, support program development and implementation.
  • Conduct 360 staff evaluations every semester.
  • Collaborate and conduct intern training, including staff meetings and professional development.
  • Develop the Cultural Centers weekly newsletter in collaboration with the Career Staff of the Cultural Centers.
  • Understand operations, process and procedures of the Centers including staff meeting coordination, learning budget policies and procedures, becoming familiar with logistics pertinent to on campus program implementation, support web presence through social media resources such as Instagram, Twitter, etc.

Programming development, support and implementation

  • Along with The Cultural Centers’ Career Staff, help develop and implement the programmatic themes, initiatives and other related programs for the year.
  • Develop and implement one of the End of the Year Ceremonies (cultural commencements)
  • Provide support as needed for the implementation of Cultural Centers programs including but not limited to Fall and Spring Orientation Programs, Admissions presentations and panels.
  • Co-facilitate diversity and social justice educational workshops and training programs as needed for various faculty, staff, student constituents.
  • Support with management of Gender Affirming Clothing Closet
  • Serve as an assistant advisor for the Womxn of Color Leadership Conference and conference committee

Professional growth and development (research, facilitation skills, networking)

  • Shadow the Assistant Directors and/or Director in selected trainings and meetings for the Division of Student Life (e.g., grant writing, publications, admission, leadership team, etc.) and professional development (e.g., CaCCCHE, ACPA/NASPA, etc.).
  • Facilitate social justice discussions with Cultural Centers interns to gain teaching experience.

Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:
Please note that each of the internships will focus heavily on supervising the undergraduate interns, in addition to supporting the general programs and initiatives of both Centers. Therefore the ideal candidate should have some substantive knowledge base and experience that will enable them to provide appropriate leadership.

  • Educational focus on student affairs, higher education, inter/cross/multicultural education, ethnic studies, women’s/gender and sexualities studies, or related field; concurrent enrollment in the HESA Master’s degree program required. 
  • Experience in program (e.g., workshops, trainings, events, etc.) development and implementation preferred. 
  • Experience working with historically underrepresented and under-served students (students of color, women, and/or LGBTQ students) in a higher education environment is preferred. 
  • Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously with accuracy and thoroughness.
  • Advanced analysis, computer, organization and time management skills. 
  • Ability to handle confidential issues appropriately. 
  • Excellent communication skills with an emphasis on interpersonal communication.
  • Must be available to fulfill evening and weekend duties.

Time Commitment and Compensation: A full year commitment is required. Must reapply at the end of the 1st year for a 2nd term. Coordinator will work up to 370 hours at a rate of $20.00 per hour for 20 hours per week during each academic semester (320 hours for fall and 320 hours for spring) per semester. In addition, 25 hours per week for 4 weeks prior to the start of fall semester and 25 hours per week for 2 weeks prior to the start of spring semester is required for training and planning purposes. 25 hours per week for 2 weeks prior to the semester starting, 20 hours per week during the semester, M-F (some evenings and/or weekends required). Funding support for professional development in the amount of $350 will be provided by the department. Please note all compensation is taxable.

Hiring Manager: Erin Echols, Director of the Cultural Centers

Application Procedure: Please visit https://www.usfca.edu/soe/higher-education-student-affairs-masters/internships/ for details on how to apply. 


To Learn more about the Cultural Centers

Cultural Centers’ Values
The Cultural Centers bring students together to increase their understanding, and embrace their roles, as members of a diverse community on the local and global levels. 
The Gender & Sexuality Center and the Intercultural Center engage in this work through our shared values: Community. Empowerment. Intersectionality. Growth. Solidarity.

Community 
The Cultural Centers unify individuals across identities, backgrounds and experiences. Our positive, caring and discerning community creates a sense of belonging for students. 

Empowerment 
The Cultural Centers inspire students to find their agency and authentic voice to express their needs. Students feel empowered to explore their passions and act. 
 
Intersectionality
The Cultural Centers understand the complexity and beauty of the multiple intersecting identities students bring into the world. Our programs encourage students to embrace their whole self.  
 
Growth
The Cultural Centers believe that all students have the capacity to deepen their consciousness by building upon their unique lived experiences. Programs encourage students to bravely engage in challenging dialogues within a supportive space. 

Solidarity
The centers cultivate support and advocacy for, and with, marginalized identities and communities. Programs provide opportunities for students to gain a deeper understanding of injustices and work towards social change in community. 

Cultural Centers Mission Statement
The Cultural Centers build community by honoring the multiple embodiments of gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, class, ability, religion, sex and the many other identities that shape the lives of our students. 
We cultivate the personal growth of all students; advocate for students from marginalized identities and communities; and empower students to engage in dialogue towards healthy relationships to create a more inclusive learning environment. 
Grounded in our Jesuit mission to serve students, the Cultural Centers foster the awareness, knowledge, and skills necessary for students to be self-reflective and create positive social change.

Cultural Center Vision Statement:
To engage all USF students in transformative introspection, leading to self-advocacy and solidarity that then transforms the campus and the world.  

For more information, please visit our website: https://myusf.usfca.edu/student-life/cutural-centers

The Department of Leadership Studies and the McGrath Institute for Jesuit Catholic Education is seeking a Graduate Intern to support student and alumni engagement, community-building activities, and promoting events and the department overall.

About DLS and McGrath

The Department of Leadership Studies (DLS) is committed to providing students with knowledge, skills, and tools necessary to become leaders in educational settings and community contexts. We believe in leaders who are motivated to transform themselves, organizations and institutions by developing skills to a) understand and critique systems of power and b) reimagine, create, and lead organizations based on principles of justice, democratic participation, and service. The department is the umbrella organization for 4 programs (HESA, O&L, CEL, & TSL), which enrolls doctoral, master’s, credential, and certificate seeking students. The Department Chair facilitates the work of the department in partnership with the Program Assistant and faculty. 

The McGrath Institute for Jesuit Catholic Education supports Catholic schools around the world to ensure the social justice mission of Jesuit education. The Institute works collaboratively with a broad range of programs in the USF School of Education, particularly the degree and certificate programs in Catholic Educational Leadership, to prepare Catholic-school leaders, increase public awareness of Catholic schools’ impact on communities, conduct and disseminate research in Catholic education, strengthen Catholic Schools commitment to a faith that does justice, and explore and develop innovative ways to support transformative Catholic education.

Job Responsibilities

The Graduate Intern would work collaboratively with the DLS department chair, director of the McGrath Institute, and Program assistant to carry out the following responsibilities. 

Department of Leadership Studies (DLS)

  • Develop and implement student-centered events (social, speakers, etc.) that connect students across DLS and with students in other programs, provide professional enrichment opportunities, and support students academically.
  • Manage the social media presence for DLS programs via LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter platforms.
  • Provide administrative support for the DLS department and Program Assistant. 
  • Support outreach activities for program recruitment in conjunction with department chair and program coordinators.
  • Other duties and activities as assigned and discussed with supervisor.

McGrath Institute for Jesuit Catholic Education

  • Work with the Catholic Education Leadership (CEL) faculty to promote and support the CEL program.
  • Arrange social events, meals and other events for CEL/DLS students
  • Enhance McGrath Institute presence on social media
  • Build connections with CEL alums; create database
  • Attend/travel to national Catholic Education conferences and events when needed
  • Support director of McGrath Institute with public events (roundtables) held twice a year on campus
  • Create and update visual representation of McGrath Institute work in SOE 

Position Qualifications

Candidates should reflect our institutional social justice-centered mission and values. The ideal candidate would be enthusiastic and have experience and/or professional interest in the following areas: developing community amongst fellow students, engaging with diverse faculty and staff, and be collaborative in their approach to work. Priority will be given to applicants who are undocumented, with or without DACA status.

Time Commitment and Compensation

The commitment for this position aligns with the academic year, starting early August and ending in May. This position entails 350 hours per semester for approximately 20 hours per week. Hours are negotiable pending student schedule; however, some weekend and evening hours are required. 

Compensation for this position includes a housing stipend ($6,000/semester) for housing on the USF hilltop campus and a further $8,000/semester in the form of either a tuition stipend or standard hourly pay. Further, funding support for professional development, MUNI pass, or on-campus meals in the amount of $350 will be provided.

Hiring Manager/Supervisor

Dr. Desiree Zerquera, Associate Professor and Department Chair for DLS will serve as the main point of contact throughout the hiring process and internship experience. However, additional supervision will be provided by Dr. Mike Duffy, Director of the McGrath Institute, and Ms. Thanh Ly, Program Assistant for DLS

Reporting to the Assistant Director for Student Government, the Graduate Intern will contribute to the short and long term goals of Student Leadership and Engagement (SLE) and its programs. Working in a variety of areas, the Intern will use their experience to help SLE reach the departmental outcomes of providing programs and services that support students' leadership development and promote student engagement in co-curricular activities open to all USF students. Specifically, the Intern will assist with advising the undergraduate student government and coordinating the student election and appointment processes for undergraduate and graduate student representatives. 

Responsibilities

Assist with advising the ASUSF Senate

  • Attend and provide advisory support at select organization meetings and events
  • Serve as an advisor to the ASUSF Senate Vice President of Advocacy and their respective committee, providing support and guidance on education, awareness, and advocacy initiatives in alignment with the mission of the University and ASUSF Senate
  • Serve as an advisor to the ASUSF Senate Vice President of Marketing and their respective committee, providing support and guidance on the development of a marketing plan, outreach to constituent groups, and development of signature events
  • Provide advisory support to Senators particularly for outreach to their constituents and development of initiatives and resolutions
  • Assist with facilitation of training, leadership development, and transition workshops and materials 

Assist with the development and implementation of the student elections

  • Assist with creation and execution of elections events serving the ASUSF Senate, Residence Hall Councils, and the Graduate Student Senate
  • Assist in the development of a marketing plan for increased voter participation
  • Coordinate outreach, communication, and training of elections volunteers
  • Coordinate outreach, communication, and orientation of candidates
  • Assess program outcomes for elections recruitment, events, candidate support, and voter outreach

SLE Departmental/Program Support

  • Serve as support for SLE departmental signature programs including Involvement Fairs, Student Leadership Conference, Dons Night Out, and DONAROO
  • Participate in department/division activities including meetings, retreats, events, and staff development
  • Other duties as assigned

Professional Competencies

Outlined by ACPA/NASPA Professional Competency Areas for Student Affairs Practitioners (2015), the primary competency areas that the graduate intern will develop, include: 

Advising and Supporting (A/S)

  • Providing advising and support to individuals and groups through direction, feedback, critique, referral, and guidance. Through developing advising and supporting strategies that take into account self-knowledge and the needs of others, we play critical roles in advancing the holistic wellness of ourselves, our students, and our colleagues.

Leadership (LEAD)

  • Leadership involves both the individual role of a leader and the leadership process of individuals working together to envision, plan, an affect change in organizations and respond to broad-based constituencies and issues. This can include working with students, student affairs colleagues, faculty, and community members.

Student Learning and Development (SLD)

  • Addressing the concepts and principles of student development and learning theory. This includes the ability to apply theory to improve and inform student affairs and teaching practice. 

A complete list of competencies can be found at www.naspa.org or www.myacpa.org.

 

Qualifications

Enrollment in Master’s program required; School of Education preferred. Generalist experience in student affairs is preferred in the areas of student organizations, leadership, and event planning. Applicant must have a solid understanding of programming and advising student organizations and strong administrative skills. Self-starter attitude and ability to complete tasks in a timely matter would be ideal traits in a successful candidate. Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint required. 

 

Time Commitment and Compensation

A full year commitment is required, open to application for a second term if eligible. Intern will work Monday–Friday (some evenings and/or weekends required) at a rate of $20.00 per hour for 20 hours per week during each academic semester. In addition, 25 hours per week for 3 weeks prior to the start of fall semester, and 6 hours plus one additional week of 25 hours prior to the start of spring semester is required for training and planning purposes. Funding support for professional development or Dons Dollars in the amount of $350 will be provided by the department. Please note all compensation is taxable.

Hiring Manager

Nick Heng

Assistant Director for Student Government, SLE