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. For 2021, the 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.

2021 Recipient

Apryl Myers, Missouri State University, looks to learn more about how student unions can more efficiently and proactively implement social justice and inclusion practices to foster a better campus community and aid in supporting diverse student equity throughout society.

Apryl Myers
Past Recipients
  • 2020: Sydney Scott – College of William and Mary
  • 2019: Lisa Camp – Webster University
  • 2018: Naomi Rodriguez – Kansas State University
  • 2017: David Groves – ACUI
  • 2016: Maria Reyes – University of Utah


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.


Applications for this opportunity are due January 15 and should include the following:

  • 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;
  • At least one, but no more than three, letters in support of the applicant to receive the internship written by individuals such as direct supervisors/advisors, peers/colleagues, students, faculty members, etc.;
  • And information related to potential internship project interests and availability.

The application for this opportunity will be open in late 2021.

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


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.