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Students can gain valuable experience and professional skills in one of the nation's top LGBTQ+ offices through our Undergraduate and Graduate student staff positions. Students play an active role in programming, marketing and promotion, educational outreach, and fostering a more inclusive environment for the Penn State community.

Undergraduate and Graduate Student Staff Positons

The purpose of the student staff program in the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity 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 Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity.

To Apply

We are not currently accepting applications for our Undergraduate and Graduate student staff positions.

Responsibilities

Student staff will be in their position for one academic year, with the opportunity to reapply. Each position is a 10-hour a week appointment that is compensated by funds provided through generous support from the Student Fee Board. 

All student staff are responsible for general office duties:

  • Greet patrons, answer phones, and conduct tours of the space
  • Participate in tabling and signature events
  • Distribute fliers and other marketing materials
  • Assist in keeping the center clean and orderly
  • Perform library procedures such as checking in, checking out, renewing, and refiling books
  • 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).

News, Marketing, and Publication

The News, Marketing, and Publication positions are responsible for general office duties as well as the following:

  • Graphic design
  •  Developing/editing a variety of promotional materials
  •  Creating/editing the weekly Rainbow Newsletter
  •  Maintaining advertising/message boards in Boucke and HUB buildings
  •  Creating posts for and maintaining social media accounts
Programming and Outreach

The  Programming and Outreach positions are responsible for general office duties as well as the following:

  • Overseeing first year/transfer student Queer Peers program
  •  Staffing and daily operations for the Clothing Transit
  •  Planning, scheduling, and staffing Late Night at the Center
  • Events, planning, logistics, and staffing of Signature Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity events (i.e. Pride Month, Transgender Awareness Month, LGBTQ History Month, etc.)
  •  Student group outreach
Peer and Educational Engagement

The Peer and Educational Engagement positions are responsible for general office duties as well as the following:

  • Planning and presenting Straight Talks peer education programming and training
  • Program assessment and review
  • Educational workshop/training preparation and planning
  • Offering and presenting student-focused allyship workshops
  •  Supporting other educational programs and endeavors that fulfill the Centers mission
Graduate and Professional Student Engagement

The Graduate and Professional Student Engagement positions are responsible for general office duties as well as the following:

  •  Support the creation of community circles for graduate students; including dedicated time for graduate students to meet and build community with one another
  • Creation of Socials/Mixers that are specifically for LGBTQA+ graduate students
  •  Assist in the creation of graduate student or teaching assistant inclusivity workshops
  • Facilitation of graduate student discussion groups
  •  Coordination of graduate student engagement opportunities in the local community 
  • Offer/staff times for graduate student use of the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity outside of traditional office hours 

Graduate Assistant

The purpose of this position is to support the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity 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 Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity.

To Apply

The Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity will not be seeking a graduate assistant until the 2021-2022 academic years.

Responsibilities

This position reports to the Director of the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity and is approximately 20 hours a week, which includes some evenings and weekend hours. This position will assist with the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity initiatives and programs.

  • Support, mentor, supervise, and evaluate student interns
  • Coordinate, schedule, record, and assess Center programming
  • 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 staff
  • 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

Qualifications

  • 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

Summer Student Staff Positions

The Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity offers Summer Student Staff positions, as needed, for students whose academic and practical interests are to contribute to the field of LGBTQ+ issues in Higher Education.

To Apply

We are not currently accepting applications for Summer Student Staff positions.

Responsibilities

This positions report to the Office Coordinator of the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity and may include some evenings and weekend hours. 

The summer staff roles are 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.