The ACUI Internship Program will offer a comprehensive and structured learning experience for candidates looking to work in a college union or activities program at a participating member institution.
Initiated by the Education Council, this program is designed around the Association’s core competencies and skill sets. Interns will gain insight into the daily operations, programming, services, and overall management of a college union and student activities program in preparation for a career in the field. Additionally, if enrolled in a graduate program that offers this option, student participants could receive course credit for the internship.
- At this time the program is only available to those with at least a bachelor’s degree—including entry-level professionals, master’s candidates, or doctoral candidates in higher education, student affairs, or related fields.
- Experience in unions and activities preferred.
- Candidates will not be placed at their home institution.
- There is no deadline for candidate applications; however offers will not be made before Feb. 21.
Host site eligibility:
- The host site must be an ACUI member institution.
- A dedicated supervisor must be provided for the intern—someone with the time and talent to mentor, encourage, and evaluate the intern and their mutual experience.
- For the 2013 program, internships must last a minimum of eight weeks but no more than 10 weeks from May to August. (The specific start and end date are subject to the host institution’s academic schedule.)
- A minimum stipend of $1,500 is expected.
- Provision or coordination of room and board for the intern is expected.
Benefits for Candidates and Employers
Hosting an intern allows an employer to:
- Invest in the personal and professional development of an individual looking to enter the college union and student activities profession.
- Gain the resources of a talented intern, bolstering the staff’s capacity to fulfill new and ongoing initiatives.
- Expose future leaders to a new campus experience and additional perspectives on the role of the union and activities on a college campus.
- Demonstrate a commitment to providing quality learning opportunities to those interested in pursuing careers in unions and student activities.
Candidates would gain the following educational outcomes:
- Firsthand experience in the management and operation of a college union and student activities programs and affiliated programs and services.
- On-the-job training with exposure to various union operations and programs.
- Experience with different supervisory styles from a variety of professionals working in unions and program areas.
- Knowledge on how to work with a diverse and professional team of leaders through structured interactions provided by host institutions.
- New perspectives on the role of the college union by working on a new campus and within a new facility.
- An understanding of broad perspectives on union employment.
- Effective communication and collaboration skills through working with a diverse union staff.
- Enhanced leadership skills through structured experiences and projects.
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For more information about the program, email Elizabeth Beltramini.
Updated Feb. 15, 2013