Students on ACM study away programs this spring semester will have the opportunity to gain valuable work experience as student assistants at their off-campus program sites in Botswana, Florence, London, Costa Rica, India, or Chicago.
The new positions include a stipend, typically $500 for working a total of 30-35 hours during a semester and selection for the positions is through a competitive process. Student assistants will have responsibilities in communications, academic, or administrative areas, depending on the program site.
“The students will be taking on substantive tasks, whether it’s contributing to communications about the program or working closely with program directors,” said Joan Gillespie, ACM Vice President and Director of Off-Campus Study Programs. “They will come away from the program with valuable work experience to put on their resumes, plus the potential of a reference from their supervisors.”
Communications assistants will have key roles in writing blog posts and generating and collecting photos, videos, and other content for ACM marketing materials and social media. The focus for administrative assistants will be on planning, logistics, and organizing program-related activities or on maintaining library and other academic materials for the faculty and students on the program.
“The student assistants will not only provide help with a variety of tasks at the program sites, they will also add a student perspective within the program staff,” said ACM Off-Campus Study Program Coordinator Marlee Stein, who is taking the lead in launching the initiative. “With the stipend, students can earn some extra money to help support their cultural immersion at the program site and enrich their off-campus study experience.”
The positions are designed with schedules and time commitments that will complement and balance with the students’ academic and cultural activities on their study away programs, Stein noted.
Student assistant positions will be available on ACM programs in Amsterdam, Brazil, Costa Rica, Florence, India, Jordan, Shanghai, Tanzania, and Chicago in fall 2017.