International House 2020-2021 GRAD Global Impact Internship Program Announced:
Applications now accepted.
International House announces the GRAD Global Impact Internship Program for the 2020-2021 academic year, with some work opportunities beginning during Summer Quarter 2020. As a part of this program, up to ten outstanding graduate students will be selected to serve as GRAD Global Impact Interns for self-designed programs and to support ongoing activities through our Graduate Commons Program. In reflecting the diversity of the programming at International House, GRAD Global Impact Interns shall come from the United States and a variety of other countries and represent all graduate divisions and professional schools at the University of Chicago. GRAD Global Impact Interns will report to the Assistant Director, Programs & Communications and will collaborate together with other student project assistants, non-resident graduate fellows, and undergraduate Metcalf Interns. GRAD Global Impact Interns will also work collaboratively with UChicagoGRAD and Graduate Council, the Office of International Affairs, and other campus partners. GRAD Global Impact Interns will work as a team to ensure the exceptional diversity of the graduate community connected to International House, and will find creative ways to reach out on an ongoing basis to the broader University community. GRAD Global Impact Interns will arrange activities through the Graduate Commons Program that help build relationships among graduate students and postdocs. GRAD Global Impact Interns will plan and implement programs in the following areas: internationally-focused public programs through the Global Voices Performing Arts and Lecture Series, weekly language and culture tables and related dining activities, professional development programs, health and wellness programs, social activities, and the Global Mentorship Network, in collaboration with the Office of International Affairs.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The challenges caused by the COVID‑19 pandemic are requiring us all to find new ways to commit ourselves to International House and its unique mission of enabling students and scholars from around the world to live and learn together in a diverse community that builds lifelong qualities of leadership, respect, and friendship. We have created new globally focused programs and community outreach and engagement activities designed to foster diversity of thought and experience—virtually and through online gatherings. For graduate students, we are developing creative programs to ensure their UChicago experience remains a truly remarkable one. GRAD Global Impact Interns will need to play a critical role in these activities. GRAD Global Impact Interns will conceive and implement activities for graduate and professional school students that enhance the mission of International House and contribute to the students’ positive campus experience. Through self-designed internships, GRAD Global Impact Interns will find innovative ways to provide virtual programming for grad students and postdocs, until in person activities can safely resume on campus. Throughout the 2020-2021 academic year, GRAD Global Impact Interns will continue to implement social activities focusing on a particular cultural theme or country celebration; organize regular sports and recreational activities; organize round table discussion groups and language exchange programs; plan and schedule trips in and around Chicago, organize cooking programs and special dining experiences. GRAD Global Impact Interns will also provide administrative support to staff for ongoing programs and operations of International House including orientation activities for graduate students, annual International Thanksgiving Homestay Program, Sunday Supper, and alumni engagement activities. GRAD Global Impact Interns will serve as ambassadors and articulate advocates for International House and its mission within the UChicago grad community and beyond.
COMPENSATION: $17.00 per hour
SCHEDULES: With guidance from University leadership, International House is planning for COVID-19 management and resumed campus operations under a range of possible scenarios. GRAD Global Impact Interns will carry out all tasks remotely using personal equipment until further notice. As campus offices reopen, attendance at regular office hours will be mandatory. Significant evening and weekend work may be required. Quarterly schedules vary and are based on event calendars; the weekly time commitment is 12-15 hours. Appointments are for the full academic year, though some positions may begin during Summer Quarter 2020.
QUALIFICATIONS: Enrollment as a graduate or professional school student at the University of Chicago required. Knowledge of the demands of University life and familiarity with University and City of Chicago resources. Ability to work with a large ethnically and culturally diverse population; excellent interpersonal skills. Experience in program planning, student leadership activities and/or community services. Experience in communications and marketing of programs; strong written and oral communication skills. Commitment to quality and to providing the team with the most valuable service possible; ability to exercise sound judgments and solve problems required. Proficiency in Photoshop and Dreamweaver, Illustrator, and ExpressionEngine preferred. Experience living or working in an international setting a plus. Audio-visual skills a plus. Energy, creativity, and dedication.
HOW TO APPLY: Please complete the application form and submit along with a letter of interest that clearly outlines a proposed program idea to be implemented through the Graduate Commons Program during Summer/Fall Quarter 2020. Successful candidates will be selected on the basis of their self-designed program and allocated support from full time International House staff. Applicants must also include a resume/curriculum vitae with their submission. All materials should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will continue to be accepted until all positions are filled.
Provide staff support for ongoing programs and operations of International House including orientation activities for non-resident graduate students, social hours, annual International Thanksgiving Homestay Program, Sunday Supper, cultural celebrations, and alumni engagement activities. Perform routine administrative tasks related to these duties.