Interns engage in a variety of residential life, organizational, and leadership roles that test and grow their skills and their perceptions of themselves and others. It is a job that requires flexibility, drive, and self-management. Ideal interns immerse themselves in the IBC and Summer Immersion Program community, seek opportunities to shape the program, and are eager to support the students. Therefore, interns spend most of their time involved in program activities on campus and within the New York City community.
The Summer Immersion Program residential cohort is made up of about 700 students per session. All interns serve as live-in Resident Advisors to a group of about 10 students and are responsible for the overall safety and well-being of their residents.
Primary responsibilities include:
- Ensure the general safety, comfort, and wellness of students in the program.
- Plan and execute community building activities geared towards student engagement and inclusiveness.
- Research, plan, and lead cultural excursions to destinations in and around New York City on evenings and weekends.
- Oversee the strict adherence to the program's Community Standards by program participants.
- Conduct nightly check-ins at curfew; Sunday - Thursday, 11:00 p.m. and Friday - Saturday, 12:00 a.m.
Resident Advisors are encouraged to lead off-campus excursions in and around New York City. Trips should be geared towards learning more about the culture of New York City and provide insightful and enjoyable experiences for the students.
- Museums & Galleries
- Neighborhood Tours
- Live Productions
- Central Park
- The Highline
- Union Square
- Local Beaches
- Coney Island
- General Sightseeing
The program funds intern expenses for all approved trips. If offered an interview, applicants should come prepared with a few ideas of off-campus excursions they are interested in organizing.
On-Call & Accessibility
During the practicum, interns are on-call and should plan to use their personal cell phones accordingly. Students and Summer Program staff members should be able to contact on-duty interns easily and at any time.
Throughout the Practicum, interns work in Program Assistant roles totaling 20 hours per week on average. Many of these roles occur during the hours of the regular work week with occasional evening and weekend commitments. Applicants who are offered an interview should be prepared to talk about which roles most appeal to them and why.
Program Assistant roles are as follows:
Our Academic Skills Center Program Assistants build their presentation and communication skills through intellectual and academic engagement with the students. Interns help students prepare for college life by creating and presenting seminars geared towards college preparedness; providing tutoring on general areas in which students are struggling; and help to coordinate our Special Lecture Series, presented by our Summer Immersion Faculty.
Ideal for interns interested in event planning, the Community Events team is responsible for planning small and large-scale, on-campus events. Student life programming features a variety of events, including a talent show, film series, art shows, festivals, and a final dance - all of which attract dozens to hundreds of students.
The Community Outreach team plan and execute on and off-campus awareness and outreach activities for students. These include helping at donation centers, assisting at soup kitchens, and teaching computer skills to the elderly. Additionally, interns run awareness-building activities that touch on topics relevant to the students as well as local and global communities.
The Instructional Support Team supports the academic side of the Summer Immersion Program. Interns work directly with instructors to coordinate and assist with print requests, ordering course supplies, classroom issues, etc. This team offers a solid introduction to the behind-the-scenes logistics of running an academic program and provides an opportunity to hone communication and organizational skills.
Program Assistants staff the front office for the Summer Immersion Program. In this role, interns coordinate the day-to-day functioning of the program and communicate directly with their peers, students, parents, faculty, and program administrators. The Office Administration team allows interns to hone their communication skills while learning about the world of student affairs, academic affairs, program coordination, and higher education administration.
After being accepted to the program, interns can apply to become a Course Assistant for a Summer Immersion course. Responsibilities can entail anything from fulfilling print requests, taking attendance, providing administrative and technical support, advising students regarding on-campus resources, organizing and assisting with classroom activities, and helping to organize and run class trips. On average, only twenty or so classes use Course Assistants and therefore such roles cannot be guaranteed nor should receiving a role be expected. The application process for requesting a Course Assistant roles take place after an applicant has been hired and shortly before the start of the internship.
Our Media and Marketing team is responsible for maintaining the program activities website publicizing program events and resources to students. The team additionally generates content for program social media platforms, student "yearbooks," a program blog, and conducting market research to uncover student interests and needs.
Team members organize wellness and social interest activities to promote student engagement and wellness. Activities include seminars and panels on personal health and nutrition, how to thrive at school, organized sports, affinity programming (e.g. PoC and LGTBQ+), and activity clubs (such as Improv and Yoga). As interns become familiar with the program and student interests, they are encouraged to suggest new programming ideas. This work is a great way for interns to interact with students and share their interests with others, while honing organizational and leadership skills.
The Cultural Engagement team facilitate off-campus student engagement with the local culture and community of New York City. Team members review trip proposals to ensure adherence to program policies and guidelines while maintaining an overall database for all off-campus excursions. Additionally, interns research local events that may be of interest to the students and create infographics related to student events and activities. Team members gain skills in organization, communication, and technical skills.
Program Assistant roles are assigned after the start of the internship Seminar. Interns have the opportunity to express their interest and qualifications for roles which interest them. Many Program Assistant roles remain the same for the duration of the summer, while others may change at the start of the second student session.