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Summer 2023 Internship for Student Engagement and Career Development (SECD)

Priority hiring for students who have a Federal Work Study award!
Not sure if you are eligible for a Federal Work Study (FWS) award? See the information at the end of this post.

During the 10-week summer internship, interns will work under the supervision of Student Engagement and Career Development (SECD) on multi-disciplinary teams to address challenges and prototype solutions for local community and industry-specific partners. Interns gain highly transferable skills and receive project management support through SECD mentorship and team collaboration. Students from all disciplines are encouraged to apply.
Do you enjoy:
  • Problem-solving?
  • Brainstorming?
  • Gaining highly transferable skills?
  • Connecting with other students on campus across disciplines?
  • Putting your life experiences and unique skills to use?

If so, come work with us this summer!

Required Availability
The internship runs for 10 weeks at 10 hours per week at $13.85/hour. These 10 hours will be a combination of working with your team, a Project Mentor, and individually.

Onboarding Timeline
Applications are open until all positions are filled. Applicants will be invited to an info-session in mid-late May 2023.

This is a 10-week summer internship running from June 5- August 7. All interns must work from Arizona for the duration of the internship.

This PAID opportunity is open to UArizona undergraduate students. First-generation college students, Pell eligible, and students of color are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO APPLY! NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!

How to apply:
If you answered yes to any of the questions above, please submit a resume and a document responding to the following question: What skills will you bring to a team of collaborators?

More about this internship opportunity:
Interns will...
  • Work collaboratively in multi-disciplinary teams on community and/or industry-specific projects
  • Address complex problems using design thinking (aka human-centered design), lean start-up methodologies, systems thinking and other creative problem solving strategies
  • Co-design and facilitate data collection experiences that engage key stakeholders, including other current students
  • Present actionable insights to project partners
  • Synthesize qualitative and quantitative data
  • Receive leadership coaching based on self-identified growth goals
  • Build their network both on & off campus

Relevant skills and mindsets:
  • Learner agility: The ability to quickly adapt and apply feedback to new situations and tasks.
  • Listening: The ability to listen and incorporate others’ perspectives.
  • Situational & self-awareness: The ability to successfully adjust one’s behavior to meet team and situational needs.
  • Motivation: The drive to take initiative to attempt to achieve a goal despite the risk of failure.
  • Proactive: Always looks to add value, whether it is improving current processes or suggesting new ones.
  • Communication & Collaboration: Comfortable navigating ambiguity and confident asking for help.

Quotes from past interns:

“It's the best internship you can have because it is ambiguous, you work in teams, you have an amazing mentor, it's a challenge, and I believe it's the closest to real-world work as it gets.”

“It's the only place I've found on campus where each major can contribute and be together on one project. Being an engineer is fun, but a lot of my engineering peers haven't worked with anyone outside a STEM field.”

In-demand transferable skills that you will build include:

  • Communication Skills
  • Problem-Solving
  • Teamwork
  • Collaboration
  • Leadership
  • Initiative
  • Creativity
  • Work Ethic
  • Interpersonal Skills

What is an internship??
An internship is a short-term work experience that helps students gain exposure and experience in a field of interest, where they often receive guided learning and the opportunity to build skills. Internships may be aligned with an area of study or within an industry a student is wanting to explore. Internships can be paid, unpaid, and/or offered for course credit. If you want to receive credit for your internship, you should coordinate with your academic advisor or internship coordinator in your major.

Did you know that students who participate in internships are about twice as likely to report full-time employment after graduating than students who did not have an internship?
In addition, students who held internships or had a combination of work and internship experiences were also more likely to report confidence in their workplace skills than those who did not.

FWS is a need-based financial aid award. To be eligible for Work-Study, you must:
  • Be in a degree seeking program as an undergraduate or graduate student
  • Meet and maintain financial aid eligibility requirements
  • Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2022-2023 and 2023-2024 academic years
  • Demonstrate financial need 
  • Complete all your UAccess To Do List requirements

Summer enrollment is not required, however if you are not enrolled in summer you must be enrolled at least half time for the subsequent fall semester.

If you meet the requirements listed above, you may apply for summer FWS. Here is the link to apply Federal Work Study, scroll down to Summer FWS and click on Summer Federal Work-Study Application.
We will begin processing summer applications in mid-April. You will be sent an email after your application has been processed.
If you would like to complete the FAFSA, here is the link to apply FAFSA.
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