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.

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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 Thank you and good luck!


Available Internships for the 2022-2023 Academic Year

Updated: July 14, 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



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. 


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. 


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. 


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. 


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. 


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. 

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) 

Jessica Frazier 
Senior Director of Student Engagement & Student Life 
Dominican University of California 
(415) 482-3569 


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. 


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

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. 


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 or



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