internship-program

OFFICE OF UNDERGRADUATE RETENTION –
INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

Goal
The goal of the internship program is to provide students with a high-impact professional development experience that deepens interns’ understanding of best practices for encouraging college student success. Some of the professional skills gained from the internship include public speaking, networking, writing, research, interpersonal communication, marketing, technology, and project management. Our interns contribute significantly to the development of the Office’s student success initiatives. Graduates of our internship program have moved on to graduate school programs and meaningful work experiences.

Opportunities and Responsibilities
Undergraduate Retention interns will have the opportunity to interact with students and families at University-wide and Undergraduate Retention events throughout the year. Interns will also assist the professional staff in Undergraduate Retention with various projects and programs. Many of the projects will contribute to first-generation college student and transfer student success. Interns will also work on projects (TBD) that will contribute to the Office of Undergraduate Retention’s work and address the student’s own professional development goals. Interns will also be asked to serve on one of the professional committees coordinated by Undergraduate Retention. During the semester, interns will create a presentation for peers and professional staff expounding on their learning experiences through the internship.

Outcomes
As a result of completing the Undergraduate Retention internship program, interns will:

  • Conduct a project that will contribute to Undergraduate Retention’s work and their own professional development
  • Enhance research and professional presentation skills
  • Develop an understanding of The Office of Undergraduate Retention and Undergraduate Education within the context of the greater university experience

Supervision
Interns will report to the Senior Assistant Director for Retention, Candice Powell (candicef@email.unc.edu). Interns will also work closely with professionals in the office who serve as project mentors for regular individual mentoring, and meet with professionals and interns for team meetings to discuss work projects professional development opportunities.

For questions about the internship program, please contact Candice Powell, Senior Assistant Director for Retention, at candicef@email.unc.edu.

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