Graduate Internships

Graduate internships within Rutgers Residence Life are directly linked to the College Student Affairs (CSA) program in the Graduate School of Education. CSA Interview Days are held annually in February as part of the program’s admissions process.

For the 2020–2021 academic year, Residence Life will be offering internships for the hall director positions and four specialty graduate intern positions.

 

Benefits for all of these positions listed below:

  • Competitive stipend
  • Tuition remission
  • Fully furnished apartment
  • 75 block meal plan/semester

These are live-on positions that include participation in the on campus duty rotation,therefore, requiring a valid driver’s license and access to a car.

Types of Graduate Internships

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The Graduate Hall Director (HD) reports to a Residence Life Coordinator for a specific building or campus area and is responsible for the day to day operations, services and activities of a residence hall housing between 180 and 1500 undergraduate students. The graduate Hall Director’s main responsibilities are to understand and analyze the climate in the residence hall, identify the issues and respond to all situations.  In addition, the graduate Hall Director will supervise the undergraduate staff and develop a team which will implement all of the activities, programs and services needed to create an inclusive community that reflects the mission and goals of Residence Life.

The graduate Hall Director will work in conjunction with the graduate and professional staff members on their assigned campus in supporting the campus identity and participating in the formation/implementation of campus goals and activities. The HD must act as a role model to students through the support and communication of the Residence Life goals and through positive, acceptable personal behavior.

The Graduate Intern for Staff Selection and Training reports directly to the Training & Staff Development Coordinator and indirectly to the Assistant Director for Staff Selection and Training. The Intern will also functionally report to the Recruitment & Selection Coordinator for selection related projects. This intern is responsible for assisting in the coordination of the RA/AA staff recruitment and selection process, the planning and implementation of RA/AA and professional training programs, coordinating and teaching the RA Course, and other departmental administrative projects. This intern will gain exposure and experience with record keeping, assessment, public speaking, and process management. In addition, they will serve on team of administrators responsible for creating and implementing long term goals and recommendations for student staff recruitment, selection, training, and development.

The Graduate Intern for Student Leadership Development reports directly to the Coordinator of Student Leadership Development. The incumbent is responsible for fostering community within the residence halls through a variety of leadership opportunities, specifically within the Residence Hall Association (RHA) and the National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH). The Student Leadership Development Graduate Assistant will gain experience in the areas of training, programming, budgeting, student leadership and development, as well as individual student and group advising.  Primary responsibilities include advisement of select executive board members within RHA and NRHH, participation in the executive advisors team, attendance at national and regional conferences and the opportunity to participate in committees across the Department of Residence Life. The ideal candidate will have some experience/knowledge of advisement, specifically with RHA, NRHH or other student groups/organizations at the undergraduate, graduate or professional levels.

The Graduate Intern for Living-Learning Communities and Academic Initiatives reports to the Assistant Director for Living-Learning Communities and Academic Initiatives.  The Intern is responsible for assisting in the advisement of the Living-Learning Community Advisory Council, undergraduate LLC residential mentor selection process, the LLC member recruitment process, implementation of  LLC mentor training programs, implementation of assessment projects for LLCs such as survey development and focus group sessions and administrative departmental projects.  Intern will also have the opportunity to work on projects and/or committees related to residence education, recruitment and selection, and training and staff development. Through working within the central administration of the Office of Residence Life, this intern will gain exposure and experience with assessment projects, website maintenance, and researching best practices.  In addition, they will serve on a team of administrators responsible for creating and implementing short and long-term goals and recommendations for effective practices related to residence education and LLC work.

The Graduate Intern for International Student Outreach and Diversity Initiatives

will report to the Coordinator for International Student Outreach and Diversity Education and Outreach Coordinator. The intern will be responsible for assisting and supporting the transition, integration and development of all international students living on campus.   Through a variety of initiatives such as an International LLC and Global Roommate Program, the intern will support the design of strategies that will look to foster relationships between international and domestic students; facilitate integration of undergraduate international students into the Rutgers community, promote international engagement and cross-cultural competency; and promote student success and retention.  Intern will support recruitment and selection process, development of training programs and implementation of assessment projects.

 

The intern is also responsible for assisting in supporting social justice education initiatives by developing strategies to increase Residence Life’s organizational capacity to provide cross-cultural and intercultural experiences that will enrich our department and the students in our residence halls.  The intern will do this through involvement on the Residence Life Diversity Committee and participating in the ongoing development of the Diversity Peer Educator Program. The intern will be involved in the creating of diversity training sessions, professional development opportunities centered on diversity and social justice topics, and the continued development of assessment initiatives for the diversity peer educator program.

 

Through working within the central administration of the Office of Residence Life, this intern will gain exposure and experience with assessment projects, website maintenance, and researching best practices.  In addition, they will serve on a team of administrators responsible for creating and implementing short and long-term goals and recommendations for effective practices related to residence education.

Once CSA interviews are completed, Residence Life opens up any remaining internships to students enrolled in other Rutgers graduate programs. Interested applicants, should submit cover letters and resumes by February 15, 2019 for priority consideration. Openings for unfilled positions will be communicated by April 30.

Where Are They Now?

Working for Residence Life provides an immersive experience that equips you for any professional challenge. Former staff members have developed the tools to gain leadership positions in residence life, leadership and experiential learning, social justice education, student affairs, academic advising, and other areas within higher education. Many have also found time and encouragement to pursue terminal degrees. Read more about some of our former colleagues and their Rutgers experience:

Michael S. Brown Jr.

Assistant Dean
Rutgers School of Engineering

Kara Uhrich

Director, Center for Academic Success
Lehigh University

Ian Christopher D. Ulep

Community Director for Residential Education
University of San Diego

Sean Dowd

Director of Residence Life
New Jersey Institute of Technology

National Network

Rutgers Residence is a nationwide family and growing! Our staff have continued on to positions in 25 of our nation’s 50 states and have worked for institutions such as: Columbia University, Brown University, Bucknell University, University of Michigan, Michigan State University, University of California – Los Angeles, University of California – San Diego, New York University, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, Temple University, Lafayette College, University of Connecticut, University of Massachusetts, Florida International University.

Our Community

You’ll find that our community, comprised of the city of New Brunswick and Piscataway Township, is both dynamic and diverse. There are a number of university and community experiences both on and off-campus. Rutgers-New Brunswick is rich with arts and culture ranging from performance art theaters to museums and more. Downtown, you’ll find the finest national and international performing artists at the New Brunswick State Theatre and Stress Factory Comedy Club.

Also located near campus is the city’s New Jersey Transit train station with access many popular destinations such as New York City, Philadelphia, Atlantic City, and Newark Liberty International Airport. For those who love the great outdoors, New Brunswick/Piscataway also offers tranquil landscapes such as the Rutgers Ecological Preserve, the George H. Cook Farm and Rutgers Gardens featuring a fresh and seasonal Farmer’s Market.

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