Job opportunity for graduate students: UCBI/CCRA Mentors (CELE Center)

Undergraduate Community-Based Internships (UCBI) & Dream Project

UCBI & Dream Project CCRA Mentors

The Community Engagement and Leadership Education (CELE) Center is hiring five (5) paid student mentors to facilitate school and community-based internships for undergraduate interns working in public schools and nonprofit organizations in the greater Seattle area. Four (4) mentors will work with Undergraduate Community-Based Internships (UCBI), and one mentor (1) will work with College & Career Readiness Assistants (CCRAs). 

Program Description: Through a partnership between the UW Career & Internship Center and the CELE Center, our paid internship programs connect undergraduates with public schools and nonprofit organizations. Students interested in public sector careers get the chance to explore, contribute, and grow personally and professionally as they work in, with, and for local communities. The majority of these undergraduate internships take place in South Seattle, South King County, and the University District. 

This experiential learning opportunity provides students with community and school-based work experience, near-peer mentorship, professional and personal development opportunities, and cohort discussions around identity, power, privilege, and oppression. 

Hours: 12-15 hours per week during academic quarters (Autumn, Winter, and Spring). Position begins on Wednesday, September 14, 2022 and ends on Friday, June 9, 2023.

Compensation: $21.25 per hour 

Position Description: The CELE Center works with a team of graduate and/or advanced undergraduate students in the ongoing development and implementation of our paid internship programs.

UCBI/CCRA Mentors receive training and support from CELE staff before and throughout the academic year. Mentors engage in weekly team meetings and biweekly one-on-one supervision meetings in which they receive ongoing support and individualized feedback from CELE Center Program Managers and other mentors on their team.  

Learning Goals: The UCBI/CCRA Mentor role provides a unique opportunity to learn about program administration, support community/school-based partnerships, facilitate student learning around equity issues, and link experiential opportunities to career readiness.

Learning Objectives:

    • Professional development — Mentors will develop leadership and communication skills by cultivating relationships with school and community partners and collaboratively supervising and mentoring undergraduate interns. 
  • Student learning, support, and engagement — Mentors will learn to engage and support undergraduate students using an equity lens from the intern recruitment phase through program implementation. Mentors will gain hands-on experience in co-curricular content development and facilitation around critical issues including identity, power, privilege, oppression, and anti-racism.
  • Program evaluation and assessment — Mentors will solicit and analyze feedback from interns and community/school partners throughout all phases of the program. They will develop skills to use formative and summative assessments to evaluate and improve paid internship practices through the CELE Center. 

UCBI/CCRA Mentors will engage in the following activities: 

Mentor and facilitate learning for undergraduate interns

  • Work with undergraduate interns to develop personal and professional development plans as they relate to their internship goals
  • Meet with students individually and in small groups to provide opportunities for reflection and coaching in relation to their goals
  • Coordinate and facilitate professional development sessions and cohort meetings to foster personal and professional development opportunities for interns
  • Develop and deliver content around identity/positionality, racial equity, and asset-based community development/strengths-based perspective
  • Implement collaborative performance and program evaluation processes


In addition to mentoring undergraduates, UCBI/CCRA mentors may lead or assist with the following responsibilities:

  • Support outreach, recruitment, and application/selection processes for intern candidates
  • Facilitate orientations for UCBI host organizations and interns
  • Foster strong partnerships with school partners and community-based organizations
  • Maintain communication with interns, schools and organizations
  • Identify resources and connect with community organizations that support the work and goals of undergraduate interns
  • Support student learning through assessment and feedback in Canvas
  • Collaborate with CELE staff to engage program alumni

*We seek to hire a balanced team with a variety of skills. Some mentors may focus more on communication with interns while others may focus more specifically on partner communication. No individual mentor is expected to take on all the responsibilities listed above. 


The ideal UCBI/CCRA mentor candidate is…

  • A graduate student with work and/or lived experience with community-based organizations, BIPOC communities, or social justice movements 
    • Undergraduate students in their third or fourth year are welcome to apply. They should have at least three years of work experience with community-based organizations, BIPOC communities, or social justice movements 
  • Familiar with principles in undergraduate student learning, asset-based community development, anti-oppression, and anti-racism
  • Able to communicate effectively verbally and in writing
  • Able to work collaboratively with other student staff members and CELE staff
  • Organized and detail-oriented
  • Self-motivated to solve issues as they arise
  • Creative, innovative, and able to think outside the box
  • Committed to creating and maintaining equitable community-campus partnerships
  • Adept in interpersonal skills across a wide range of campus and community stakeholders 


To apply please submit the following: 

  • Online application form (Indicate preference for the UCBI or CCRA role in the application)
  • A current resume including the names and contact information for two references – submitted on the online application form
  • A cover letter (submitted on the online application form) that includes: 
    • why you are applying for this position 
    • articulating your interests in mentoring undergraduate interns, working with underrepresented communities, and fostering school and/or community partnerships; and 
    • a description of two to three things you seek to learn from this opportunity 
  • Applicants selected for an interview will be notified on Friday, August 12. Interviews will take place via Zoom on Thursday and Friday, August 25 and 26, 2022. 
  • Those selected for this year-long mentorship opportunity should plan to attend orientation on Wednesday and Thursday, September 14 and 15, 2022,  10:00AM-3:00PM, at UW Seattle Campus in Mary Gates Hall.


Deadline: Please submit all materials via the online application form by Wednesday, August 10, at 11:59PM PT. 

Questions about the UCBI Mentor role may be directed to Katie Wallace, Senior Program Manager of Community-Based Internships, at Questions regarding the CCRA Mentor role may be directed to Emma Pelletier, Program Manager of School-Based Internships, at

Employee Non-Discrimination Statement

Diversity is a core value at University of Washington and in the Undergraduate Research Program. We are passionate about building and sustaining an inclusive and equitable working and learning environment for team members and our partners. We believe every member on our team enriches our diversity by exposing us to a broad range of ways to understand and engage with the world, identify challenges, and to discover, design and deliver solutions.


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