LGBTQ+ Internships and Graduate Assistantship
Students can gain valuable experience and professional skills in one of the nation's top LGBTQ+ offices through our internship programs or graduate assistantship. Students play an active role in programming, marketing and promotion, educational outreach, and fostering a more inclusive environment for the Penn State community.
The purpose of the undergraduate internship program in the LGBTQA Student Resource Center is to give students the opportunity to gain practical, hands-on experience, and collaborate with diverse populations of students, faculty, and staff. These positions work to increase involvement and to enhance students’ collegiate experience by supporting the initiatives of the LGBTQA Student Resource Center.
We are not currently accepting applications for our undergraduate internships.
Interns will be in their position for one academic year, with the opportunity to reapply. Each internship is a 10-hour a week appointment that is compensated with either work study or academic credit, with an exception for the Clothing Transit position. The Clothing Transit internship is a grant-funded internship.
All interns are responsible for general office duties:
- Greet patrons, answer phones, and conduct tours of the space
- Perform library procedures such as checking in, checking out, renewing, and refiling books
- Assist in keeping the center clean and orderly
- Participate in tabling and speaker events (minimum of 10 extra hours per semester)
- Distribute fliers and other marketing materials
- Attend supervisor meetings, staff meetings, and any additional trainings
In addition to office management, interns are also responsible for duties related to their position (see positions below).
- Alumni & Community Outreach
The Alumni & Community Outreach interns are responsible for general office duties as well as the following:
- Serve as a liaison to LGBTQ+ student organizations and community groups
- If possible, attend meetings of LGBTQ+ student organizations and community groups and subscribe to their listservs and/or join their social media groups
- Assist in providing outreach to other Penn State campuses
- Assist in building the LGBTQ+ alumni network
- Assist in providing outreach to faculty, staff, and community members
- Hospitality and Office Operations
Hospitality and Office Operations interns are responsible for general office duties as well as the following:
- Assist staff with preparing and organizing paperwork, forms, applications, records, etc.
- Produce weekly Rainbow Newsletter
- Organize and design displays for bulletin boards and display cases
- Marketing and Graphic Design
The Marketing and Graphic Design Intern is responsible for general office duties as well as the following:
- Develop advertising materials including fliers, handouts, posters, etc.
- Promote the center and its events through social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.)
- Assist with marketing of programs and events
- Programming Assistant
The Programming Assistant intern is responsible for general office duties as well as the following:
- Assist with logistical details for programming and events
- Organize staff involvement in large-scale center programming
- Create programming for Late Night in the center
- Queer Peers
The Queer Peers intern is responsible for general office duties as well as the following:
- Create programming for the Queer Peers first-year cohort
- Assist in the promotion of the Queer Peers program
- Help manage the Queer Peers listserv, Facebook page, and other membership-related tasks
- A current or past Queer Peer is preferred
- Straight Talks Peer Education
The Straight Talks Peer Education interns are responsible for general office duties as well as the following:
- Assist in planning, presenting, and coordinating Student Voice panels and Student Ally Workshops
- Sit on Student Voice panels or facilitate Student Ally Workshops as needed
- Learn SPSS (statistics software) data entry to keep track of evaluations
- Plan and facilitate Peer Education workshops (to train Student Voice panelists and Student Ally Workshop facilitators)
- Clothing Transit
The Clothing Transit intern is responsible for general office duties as well as the following:
- Manage, maintain, and promote the transgender clothing exchange closet
- Manage, maintain, and promote clothing donations
- Spend time each month to keep the closet open for individuals needing the resource
The purpose of this position is to support the LGBTQA Student Resource Center programs, gain practical, hands-on experience, and collaborate with diverse populations of students, faculty, and staff. This position works to increase student involvement and to enhance students’ collegiate experience by supporting the initiatives of the LGBTQA Student Resource Center.
The LGBTQA Student Resource Center will not be seeking a graduate assistant until the 2019-2021 academic years.
This position reports to the Director of the LGBTQA Student Resource Center and is approximately 20 hours a week, which includes some evenings and weekend hours. This position will assist with the LGBTQA Student Resource Center initiatives and programs.
- Support, mentor, supervise, and evaluate student interns
- Coordinate, schedule, record, and assess Peer Education workshops
- Assist with organization and planning of larger programming events such as LGBTQ+ History Month, Pride Month, and Lavender Graduation
- Assist in the creation and delivery of LGBTQ+ workshops across campus
- Recruit, interview, hire, train, and prepare orientation training materials for student interns
- Serve as liaison to other diversity/advocacy units on campus and in Student Affairs as needed
- Represent the center at various events and outreach activities
- Coordinate data management for educational programming, including updating and modifying entries to digital records in Microsoft Access databases, SPSS and EPR Student Affairs records
- Be enrolled full-time in a Master’s graduate program.
- Able to work with diverse populations of students
- Must be able to handle multiple tasks in a fast-paced, team environment
- Effective communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills
- Energetic, self-starter
The LGBTQA Student Resource Center offers a Summer Internship for a student whose academic and practical interests are to contribute to the field of LGBTQ+ Higher Education.
We are not currently accepting applications for summer internships.
This position reports to the Programming Coordinator of the LGBTQA Student Resource Center and may include some evenings and weekend hours. Interns will receive housing and possible funds for a meal plan.
The summer intern is responsible for the following:
- Preparing fall training materials for undergraduate interns
- Assisting with general office support (answering phone calls, replying to emails, greeting visitors in a positive and professional manner, and attending staff meetings)
- Staffing informational tables during summer session New Student Orientations
- Other duties as assigned.
These positions are part-time positions without benefits. Interested students must submit a resume and cover letter. Hours for each position will vary. Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.