The MHB Internship recognizes the Association’s core values of unconditional human worth and diversity to provide graduate students of color the opportunity to advance their career in hopes of increasing the racial diversity in the student activities profession. The MHB intern will work remotely with the ACUI Central Office to learn more about event planning, trends in the profession, diversity and inclusion initiatives, and association management. The MHB intern will also have the opportunity to travel to in-person events that occur during their internship.

2022 Recipient

Abigail Garcia is a first year in the M.Ed. higher education program at the University of Houston and is the marketing instructional assistant at the UH Student Centers. She looks to learn more about different practices and programming student unions are implementing to foster innovative, inclusive, and supportive communities on campus. She is passionate about developing resources, support services, and peer mentorship programs for sexual assault survivors. She received her undergraduate degrees in journalism and Asian American studies at California State University–Northridge. In her free time, she enjoys playing Animal Crossing, exploring new restaurants, and catching hockey games on TV.

Abigail Garcia
Past Recipients
  • 2021: Apryl Myers, Missouri State University
  • 2020: Sydney Scott – College of William and Mary
  • 2019: Lisa Camp – Webster University
  • 2018: Naomi Rodriguez – Kansas State University
  • 2017: David Groves – Southern Illinois University–Edwardsville
  • 2016: Maria Reyes – University of Utah


The internship application is now open! The deadline to submit is March 31. Please contact Stacey Givens with any questions.

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  • Name, institution, and contact information of the applicant;
  • A current resume, including educational background, anticipated graduate date, and positions or involvement held on campus, in ACUI, and/or with other relevant organizations;
  • A personal essay, written by the applicant, addressing (in 2,500 words or less):
    • The role of the college union in advancing campus community;
    • The applicant’s career aspirations and commitment to the profession;
    • How the internship will benefit the applicant in developing as a leader;
  • And information related to potential internship project interests and availability.

  • The deadline to submit the application is March 31, 2023.
  • Interviews will be held April 10–21, 2023.
  • Decision will be made May 1, 2023.
  • Target internship dates are June 5–August 4, 2023


The review process includes, but is not limited to, an assessment of the criteria listed below. The applicant must:

  • Demonstrate a commitment to the college union and student activities profession.
  • Understand the importance of the profession in advancing campus community.
  • Show an interest in self-actualization through the internship


Degree-seeking graduate students of color enrolled at an ACUI member institution who intend to pursue a career in the profession, who are not set to graduate in the upcoming May or August, and who have a commitment to fulfilling the duties of the position for the length of the internship are eligible to apply.


The selected intern will receive a stipend of $2,000. Although this is a virtual internship, we have added an in-person element: the selected intern will attend the Indiana Professional Development Seminar (IPDS) in Bloomington, Indiana. This seminar will occur during the internship and prepares participants with tools to build their skills as new professionals.

The internship will be nine weeks, from June 5–August 4, 2023. Please contact Stacey Givens with any questions.

Applicants will receive electronic notification confirming receipt of materials. The ACUI Central Office will review materials, conduct interviews as needed, and select one intern each year. One physical award will be given to the recipient, who will be recognized during the awards ceremony at the annual conference and in subsequent publications.

About Marsha Herman-Betzen

A visionary leader, Herman-Betzen always sees the greatness in the college union and student activities profession and has been critical to providing support to these professionals by developing the programs and services of ACUI. Herman-Betzen became the Association’s first woman executive director in August 1994, after working as the associate executive director and the coordinator of educational programs and services. During her tenure, she challenged and led the Association through a critical self-examination and reinvention process that turned a deficit of hundreds of thousands of dollars into comfortable operating reserves and more nimble governance.

Under her leadership, ACUI’s operating budget grew from $750,000 to $3.5 million. She led the way for ACUI to be a leading partner in countless initiatives in the higher education community, including the Women’s Leadership Institute, and was the first executive director invited to the White House for their Symposium on Hate Crimes. She is a friend to all she comes in contact with and has been largely responsible for the existing culture of the Association where everyone is unconditionally accepted.



Marsha Herman-Betzen