The Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives (OAMI) is dedicated to supporting the University of Michigan in its ongoing commitment to create and foster an intellectually and culturally diverse campus community. To this end, OAMI works collaboratively and cooperatively with the campus and external constituencies to develop initiatives that enrich the academic, social, cultural, and personal development of students.
The First-Generation Student Program supports the holistic development of first-generation students at the University of Michigan through their academic transition, navigation of a large decentralized campus, and connections to the first-generation community. The program is connected to several offices on campus and includes a portfolio of co-curricular and academic initiatives that increase accessibility to resources, persistence to graduation, and academic and career support for any student whose parents did not receive a bachelor’s degree.
This intern position will support the First-Generation Gateway initiatives through community initiatives for students whose parents do not have a bachelor’s degree. The First-Generation Gateway program utilizes a collective impact model, and as a result, collaborates with multiple offices and units. Housed within OAMI, the position will also be connected to Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs (MESA), the Office of New Student Programs (ONSP), and the Comprehensive Studies Program (CSP). Support initiatives include working on first-generation signature programs, supporting the first-generation committee, and connecting Student Life Learning Outcomes to first-generation initiatives. Details of the internship responsibilities are outlined below.
1. Programming (50%)
Connect mission of the First-Generation Gateway to the delivery of first-generation programming.
Management of logistics related to event planning for the various programs including but not limited to two community dinners, First-Gen Week, and the first-generation graduation ceremony.
Manage and summarize data from surveys, participation in programs, and institutional data on first-generation college students
Market programs to first-generation students, staff, and faculty as well as update website content
Attend and support programs coordinated by the first generation student organization.
Consult with supervisor, partners, and students on programming
2. Partnerships and Communication (20%)
Liaise with any respective University of Michigan offices; including but not limited to, Office of New Student Programs, Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives, Comprehensive Studies Program, and Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs.
Co-partner on initiatives that support first-generation students
Represent the First-Generation Gateway program as a guest speaker, panelist, or at recruitment events
Assessment and Research (15%)
Evaluate first-generation student needs and collate information from internal and external research on first-generation students
Collect ongoing qualitative and quantitative data on the needs of first-generation students
Assist project manager with data collation and analysis on first-generation students
Coordinate with Student Life to map and implement Student Life learning outcomes to assessable first-generation programs
3. Administrative (15%)