Student Leadership Internship Program

Undergraduate Student Government
Kent State University

 

Overview:
The Undergraduate Student Government Internship Program provides students the opportunity to work closely under student leaders elected by the Kent State University student body. Participants will have the opportunity to assist directors and senators in specific key point initiatives and build leadership skills in the process.

Internship Program:
The program will support 8-13 interns. The interns will be responsible for assisting their USG Officer and peer mentor with initiatives the officer has planned. The intern may also be required to assist with other tasks the officer may assign. 

There will be up to 13 student interns available for USG Officers.  An officer would complete a request in order to apply to have an intern for the year. Each director and senator would be responsible for outlining a detailed set of requirements needed for their specific intern.

Student Intern Eligibility:

  1. Kent State University undergraduate student
  2. Must maintain a high school cumulative GPA of 2.25 on a 4.0 scale 
  3. Must meet requirements set by director or senator
  4. Must have general knowledge of function of the USG

 

Intern Selection Process:
The selection requirements are established by the Undergraduate Student Government. Senators and directors evaluate from pool of applicants to select interns. Applications will be made available on the USG website. Following the application deadline, officers will select applicants to interview and make a decision on one student intern for the year.

 

Intern Request Process:
Senators and directors interested in having an intern would complete a request, detailing their need for an intern and a set of responsibilities for their intern. The request should include the following:

  • One goal for the student intern
  • One project or objective to help the student intern meet that goal
  • Specific plans for the student intern

The Executive Director and the Chief of Staff will evaluate the pool of requests from senators and directors, and select the most eligible officers.  

 

Internship Requirements:
Each student intern is required to submit a record of special projects and initiatives s/he worked on at the end of each semester. The submitted record must be signed and dated by the students’ respective USG officer. Other requirements include:

  • Attending biweekly meetings with your USG officer
  • Attending two Public Meetings in a semester 
  • Attending two Student Success Series in a year
  • Attending two USG-sponsored events in a year
  • Attending two Center for Student Involvement leadership development programs
  • Attending one cultural program a semester

Requirements are subject to change based on the need of each USG officer. 

 

Establishing Learning Objectives:
Officers should work with selected interns during the first week to establish learning objectives. The officer and intern should review the learning objectives periodically. Examples of possible learning objectives may include, but are not limited to:

  1. Professional skills – What are the skills the student is hoping to gain to aid in their professional development?
  2. Undergraduate Student Government knowledge – Does the student intern have a strong grasp of how the Undergraduate Student Government works and the services it provides?
  3. Communication skills – What does positive communication look like to the student intern?

 

University policy regarding unlawful discrimination and harassment:
This policy sets forth the expectations and responsibilities for maintaining an educational and employment environment free of unlawful discrimination and harassment. This policy, (in accordance with rule 3342-6-02 of the Administrative Code, as well as state and federal law), prohibits unlawful discrimination based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, genetic information, age, military status, or identity as a disabled veteran or veteran of the Vietnam era, recently separated veteran, or other protected veteran.  Harassment directed toward an individual or a group, through any means, including electronic, and based on any of these categories is a form of unlawful discrimination.  The university encourages an atmosphere in which the diversity of its members is understood and appreciated, free of discrimination and harassment based on the above categories. Thus, all members of the university are expected to join in creating a positive atmosphere in which individuals can learn and work in an environment that is respectful and supportive of the dignity of all individuals.