This is a serving volunteer position, ideal for those interested in providing opportunities for peer networking and resource sharing, collaborating on special projects that meet a unique need, or communicating the value of the Association.

The Institute for Leadership Education and Development (I-LEAD®) promotes the personal growth and skill development of college students, and a vital part of the event are the members of the facilitation team who help to make it all happen. These short-term volunteer opportunities are some of the most intense and unique that ACUI offers, but they can also be some of the most impactful and rejuvenating. Student interns will work closely with the lead facilitators to prepare for institute activities and assist in the presentation of select sessions.

Reporting to the lead facilitators and supported by the event staff liaisons, both small group facilitators and student interns are responsible for:
  • Being a positive and productive role model for students and professionals.
  • Maintaining a strong working relationship with the facilitation team.
  • Having a working knowledge of “The Leadership Challenge” (Kouzes & Posner, 2012), and positively promoting the curriculum to the student participants.
  • Addressing minor disciplinary problems as needed with individual students, and bringing larger problems to the attention of the lead facilitators.

More specifically responsibilities for each position include:

  • Small group facilitators
    • Facilitating discussions and activities corresponding with the curriculum, building community, and challenging students to get the most from their experience during small group sessions.
    • Assisting and supplementing the lead facilitators as needed, while remaining a positive, active participant in large group sessions.
  • Student interns
    • Providing logistical support for large group and small group institute activities.
    • Preparing and facilitating the presentation of select sessions.
    • Being an active participate in large group sessions and informal reflection times, challenging students to get the most from their experience.
    • Supporting small groups by encouraging their team identities.

All travel expenses for facilitation team members are arranged and paid for by ACUI, as are meals and lodging during facilitation team training and the institute. If student enrollment is low, ACUI reserves the right to cancel the session as necessary.


At the time of application, individuals must have: employment at a higher education institution; institutional or individual membership; a signed institutional support form; and a commitment to fulfilling the duties of the position for the length of the term.

Applicants must also demonstrate an understanding of ACUI’s vision, core values, and core competencies, as well as knowledge and skills related to the responsibilities of the position. 

Time Commitment

The time commitments for facilitation team members include:

  • Participating in an on-site, two-day training program before the institute.
  • Attending additional online training prior to arriving on-site.
  • Remaining in residence on site for the full duration of the event.
  • Attending all daily facilitator wrap-up meetings.

Application Process

A screening committee made up of the staff liaison and related volunteers will review applications, interview qualified candidates, and make a selection recommendation. Applications for open positions will be collected in April 2018.