Graduate Internship Program

The application period is closed.

Graduate interns will have the opportunity to receive training in and participate in the activities of the counseling and programs, employer relations, and marketing communications teams throughout this 2-semester internship.

Internship Description

Graduate interns will learn about the BU Center for Career Development daily operations and role within the university through observation, training, and practical learning opportunities. Interns will develop skills in critiquing student documents, delivering career related workshops, data usage in career services, marketing techniques and strategies, and employer relations. This internship program is designed to give graduate interns a broad exposure to career services at a university and prepare them for an entry-level advising, employer relations, or outreach position.

Interns will receive training and support in resume and cover letter reviews and mock interview critiques. Interns will observe and be trained to deliver workshops and will participate in office-wide events such as open houses, career fairs, and other on-campus recruiting events. Interns will also have the opportunity to participate in special projects such as developing workshops, creating educational materials, developing marketing materials, collecting data, and conducting outreach efforts to students and the BU community.

The benefits of participating in the program include on-going training in a higher education setting; opportunity to participate in the activities of different teams within the office; weekly supervision by a staff member; an opportunity to participate in office professional development training sessions and staff meetings; flexibility and support for proposing and developing a creative project that aligns with their learning goals; and an opportunity to work with a diverse student and alumni population. Interns will develop learning goals at the start of the internship and will complete 2 semester reviews to evaluate progress towards stated learning goals (This may be in addition to any documentation required by the intern’s graduate program practicum course).

Required Skills

B.A./B.S. and currently enrolled in a graduate program in higher education administration, student affairs or a related field. Strong organizational skills, communication skills (oral and written), and the ability to work collaboratively with team members. Must be proactive and self-motivated and have a strong interest in career development.

Must be able to commit to 12 hours per week. A commitment of two semesters (Fall 2016 and Spring 2017) is required.

Application materials must include a cover letter and a professional resume. The internship is unpaid but offers a living allowance stipend of $1,250 per semester. Graduate interns are not considered employees of Boston University and are not eligible for university wages or benefits and are not eligible for employment upon completion of the internship.

We strongly encourage applicants from the BU School of Education’s Higher Education program. Boston University graduate students with financial assistance should review how this stipend might impact their financial aid.

Federal regulations and Boston University policy require that all student resources—including stipends such as those from the Graduate Internship Program, which are intended to assist with living expenses—be taken into consideration when calculating a student’s eligibility for need-based financial aid. As a result, if a student’s financial aid award includes federal or BU need-based aid, the combination of all need-based aid, merit awards, and Graduate Internship stipends cannot exceed the student’s calculated financial aid eligibility.

If an adjustment to a need-based financial aid package is required as a result of including a Graduate Internship Program stipend in the package, the loan and employment portion of the award is reduced first, before scholarships or grants. Federal Work-Study and need-based student loans (such as the Subsidized Federal Stafford Loan and the Federal Perkins Loan) are either reduced or cancelled before scholarships or grants are affected. Since the Unsubsidized Stafford Loan is not a need-based loan program, it can exceed a student’s calculated financial eligibility. Scholarship/grant aid is reduced only if necessary to avoid aid in excess of calculated financial eligibility. Assistance from all sources (need, merit, or credit-based) cannot exceed a student’s total cost of attendance.

Questions? Contact Jesse Ohrenberger, Assistant Director of Counseling and Programs at jesseo@bu.edu.

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