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Program Assistant
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Job ID 67906
Job Funding Source Work-Study, Non-Work-Study
Employer Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives (OAMI)
Category Professional/Administrative
Job Description

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.


Job Responsibilities

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%)

  • Support operations of the First-Generation Gateway Office 

  • Organize files and keep track of records

Educational Value

This internship is ideal for those who are interested in which areas of higher


Multicultural Affairs, Programming/Advising, and Assessment and Data Analysis

What skills/knowledge will the intern gain from this internship?

  • Enhance ones understanding of supporting a specific student population particularly, first-generation students while also addressing intersections of identity

  • Increase data analysis and assessment skills. Intern will collect, apply, and make recommendations.

  • Gain experience working in Multicultural Affairs area and/or working with diverse student populations

  • Grow in one’s programming skills (event management, logistics coordination), curriculum development and facilitation skills through various programs

What are the benefits of working here?

The intern in this role will benefit by learning from a unique collective impact model in supporting first-generation students. The intern will work with a vibrant and diverse student population. OAMI has a dedicated group of staff who value collaboration. As a result, the intern will be part of a community that will support them throughout their time at University of Michigan.

Job Timeline:

The intern will begin work during the summer of 2022 and will continue through May 2023. This position is hybrid with both in-person and virtual responsibilities.

Job Requirements

We are looking for a graduate student with an interest in student development, knowledge of first-generation students, and experience with event planning and higher education administration. Passion for supporting a diverse population of students is valuable. Usually, the intern will work during their regularly scheduled hours, but flexibility is required for one-time events. Opportunities to get experience in multiple competencies are available and encouraged. The graduate intern is expected to stay organized and maintain professionalism appropriate for the workplace. Preference will be given to students who can commit to the full academic year. 

To Apply: Please email a cover letter and resume with relevant experience to Adan Hussain at

Hourly Rate $20.00/hour to $20.05/hour
Hours 20.0 hours per week
Time Frame Fall/Winter/Spring/Summer
Start Date ASAP
End Date Ongoing
Primary Contact Angela Ysabel Espinosa-Gould
Primary Contact's Email N/A
Supervisor Adan Hussain
Work Location 515 E. Jefferson St 3009 SAB
Phone N/A
Fax N/A