NASPA Summer Graduate Internship Program

Have you ever thought about working for NASPA or how NASPA serves its members?  Consider joining our team this summer as a NASPA Graduate Intern and learn the interworkings of NASPA from a student affairs point of view as well as learning what it's like to work off-campus and stay connected to higher education. The selected intern will provide support and work collaboratively with all of the NASPA staff and departments, including educational programs, member engagement, membership, and marketing and communications. 

Reporting to the Assistant Director of Educational Programs, this intern will collaborate with the supervisor to create a meaningful summer experience, working with the goals the student selected as well as those support NASPA.

Position Details

This position is located at the NASPA office in Washington, D.C. The ideal candidate for this position will be available 40 hours per week for at least 8 consecutive weeks during the summer. A stipend of $3500 for the summer will also be awarded.  While housing is not included, several options for summer housing are available in the DC area. Start and end dates are flexible.  A sample of the opportunities the NASPA Intern would engage in are:

  • Assist with the planning, implementation, and evaluation of national level conferences, institutes, and online professional development opportunities for NASPA members
  • Learn the context of higher education and student affairs from a national and global perspectiveLearn and understand association management and what it means to be involved
  • Assist with advising and creating a team dynamic for undergraduate summer interns at NASPA
  • Develop content and programming for Careers in Student Affairs Month (CSAM)
  • Afforded opportunities to take advantage of the social connections and events uniquely offered by working at the central office in Washington, D.C.

In addition, it is preferable that the selected intern attend the 2017 NASPA Annual Conference, where the conference registration fee will be waived and housing will be provided. The intern will have the opportunity to gain a “behind the scenes” view of the conference and support the Annual Conference as NASPA staff. The intern will be required to:

  • Attend the annual NASPA conference as a NASPA Staff Intern
  • Attend leadership meetings of a national board or center (i.e., Center for Research, Community Colleges, Faculty, James E. Scott Academy)
  • Attend two-three concurrent conference sessions
  • Engage in social media about the experience as a NASPA Intern
  • Volunteer with different aspects of the NASPA Annual Conference to include: registration area, bookstore management, NASPA Foundation etc.

Skills Needed

  • Master’s level graduate student who has completed at least one-year of a program in higher education, student affairs, or a related field
  • Possess strong administrative, organizational, and interpersonal communication (both verbal and written) skills
  • Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced work environment, flexibility and adaptability are key components to success in this position
  • Experience and/ or interest in association management, content and/or program (conferences) development for student affairs professionals
  • Experience and/or interest in assisting with advising, along with the Intern supervisor undergraduate NASPA summer interns
  • Interest in learning about NASPA on a national level; previous involvement is a plus, but not a requirement

To Apply

Applications will close Friday, December 9.  Applications will be reviewed and applicants will be contacted by mid-January regarding next steps.  Applicants are asked to submit a cover letter, resume, and answer the following questions:

  1. What does NASPA mean to you and how has it facilitated your growth as a student affairs professional?  

  2. Why do you want to join the NASPA team and what will you bring to NASPA?

  3. At NASPA, we always strive to develop new programs based on the current needs and trends in the field. As a Graduate Intern, you have a voice in this process. Based on your current experience and knowledge of NASPA, what innovative programming would you develop for current graduate students and new professionals? You may answer in any format; creativity is encouraged. 

Apply Online

For questions or concerns, contact Lucy Fort, Assistant Director of Educational Programs, [email protected], 202-719-1171.

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