CELE Center Hiring Student Mentors

The Community Engagement & Leadership Education (CELE) Center is hiring Student Mentors for the Undergraduate Community-Based Internship Program (UCBI). In this paid internship, graduate and experienced undergraduate students work 15-18 hours per week mentoring undergraduate interns and fostering community-campus partnerships.

This is a great opportunity for students with interest and experience in community engagement, mentorship, and/or working with underrepresented communities. Application deadline is Sunday, August 16.

UCBI Mentor
Undergraduate Community-Based Internships (UCBI), a CELE Center program, seeks to recruit three paid student mentors to facilitate community-based internships for undergraduate students in nonprofit and public sector organizations in the University District and neighborhoods primarily located south of downtown Seattle.

Program Description: Through a partnership between the UW Career & Internship Center and the CELE Center, UCBI connects undergraduates with nonprofit and public sector organizations. Students interested in public sector careers get the chance to explore, contribute, and grow as they work in, with, and for local communities. Undergraduate interns are selected during fall quarter and placed in paid internships with community partners during winter and spring. This experiential learning opportunity provides students with nonprofit work experience, near-peer mentorship by graduate and experienced undergraduate students, professional and personal development, and cohort discussions around identity, power, privilege, and oppression.

Hours: 15-18 hours per week during academic quarters (Autumn, Winter, and Spring). Position begins on Thursday, September 17, 2020 and ends on Friday, June 11, 2021.

Compensation: $19 per hour

Position Description: The CELE Center works with a team of graduate students and experienced undergraduate students in the ongoing development and implementation of the UCBI program. UCBI Mentoring provides a unique opportunity for UCBI Mentors to learn about program administration, community-campus partnerships, facilitating student learning around equity issues, and linking experiential opportunities to career readiness.

UCBI 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 the UCBI Community Engagement Manager (CEM) and other mentors on their team.

Learning Goals: UCBI Mentors aim to support students in their personal and professional development as they engage in working relationships with community-based organizations (CBOs). Mentors aim to expand the capacity of CBOs by co-supervising undergraduate interns.

Learning Objectives:

Professional development — UCBI Mentors will develop leadership and communication skills by cultivating relationships with community partners and collaboratively supervising and mentoring undergraduate interns.
Student learning, support, and engagement — Mentors will engage and support undergraduate students using an equity lens from the intern recruitment phase through program implementation. Mentors will gain hands-on experience in 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 partners throughout all phases of the program. They will use formative and summative assessments to evaluate and improve UCBI practices and efficacy.

Under the guidance of the UCBI Community Engagement Manager, UCBI Mentors will engage in the following activities:

Mentor undergraduate interns
Assist with outreach, recruitment, information sessions, applications, and selection processes for internship candidates
Coordinate an orientation for selected 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 personal and professional goals
Coordinate and facilitate weekly cohort meetings to foster personal and professional development opportunities for interns
Develop and deliver content around equity, asset-based community development, and anti-oppression strategies
Implement collaborative performance and program evaluation processes
Foster strong community-campus partnerships
Assist with the selection process for host organizations
Assist with recruitment, interviews, and placement of interns into host organizations
Coordinate an orientation for accepted host organizations
Perform site visits during each quarter to meet with site supervisors
Maintain communication with organizations throughout the duration of the internship


The ideal UCBI 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 years, who have a minimum of three years community-based experience are welcome to apply
Familiar with principles in 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, especially given our shift to remote engagement
Committed to creating equitable community-campus partnerships
Adept in interpersonal skills

To apply please submit the following:

A current resume including the names and contact information for two references.
A cover letter outlining why you are applying for this position and articulating your interests in mentoring undergraduate interns, working with underrepresented communities, and developing community-campus partnerships. Please also include a description of two to three things you seek to learn from this opportunity.

For applicants selected for an interview, interviews will be held Aug. 31 & Sept. 1 via Zoom. Applicants selected to move forward to an interview will be notified of their interview date and time no later than August 26.

Those selected for this year-long mentorship opportunity should plan to attend orientation on Thursday and Friday, September 17 and 18, 10:00AM-3:00PM.

Deadline: Please submit all materials via email by Sunday, August 16 to engage@uw.edu. Questions can be directed to Katie Wallace, UCBI Community Engagement Manager, at the email listed or kwallac1@uw.edu.