Student Life summer interns from the NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program (NUFP), NODA, and ACUHO-I gathered Friday, June 21 for a Student Life professional development lunch. The meet and greet session provided summer interns with the opportunity to network with Student Life senior leadership, including Frank Cuevas, Shea Kidd Houze, Mark Alexander, and Jill Zambito. Also in attendance were directors and staff from the Center for Career Development, University Housing, and Marketing & Communications.
Laurel Hall Director Brandon Harris has worked with the NUFP interns throughout the summer and led the planning of this event. Brandon shared that,
Being able to interact with senior leadership as an intern is essential to the internship experience. The interactions that our interns are receiving will be great for their professional network and their future in the field of higher education. It’s great to learn from other leaders about their career paths and wisdom that each leader provides. Also, this is a great opportunity to build their own table of mentors and sponsors from this event.
The interns found the experience helpful and supportive of their professional goals. The opportunity to meet with leadership across Student Life provided a variety of experiences, viewpoints, and advice. Chris Rhodes, ACUHO-I intern for University Housing stated that,
Meeting with Student Life senior leadership gives interns the opportunity to work closely with faculty and administration, an experience that some may not see at their own institution. Meeting with senior leadership also allows for a better understanding of what the Division of Student Life represents.
Discussion topics included job searching, pursuing doctoral degrees, and work-life balance, all which related back to their next step in their professional career.
NUFP interns have the opportunity to work with the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Life, University Housing, and the Center for Career Development. ACUHO-I interns work directly with the University Housing Conferences & Guests program. NODA interns work directly with orientation.
Chris felt fortunate to have the opportunity to attend the event, stating,
I would advise future interns to not be afraid to speak up, and ask questions during an event such as this. We are privileged to travel from different parts of the country in order to share an experience that can only be described as one of a kind. What better what to enhance this experience than to have one-on-one conversations with university administration and create a professional network that could last a lifetime.