Internships and Employment

Interns and student workers are an integral part of the Rainbow Lounge and LGBTQIA+ Programs and Services. They help keep the lounge orderly and friendly for all visitors and assist in creating inclusive programming for the campus and community.

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Work-Study Positions

Work-Study student staff are directly involved in our daily operations. The majority of responsibilities are for LGBTQIA+ Programs and Services, but some work within other areas of OSI may be required.

This position reports to the assistant director of LGBTQIA+ Programs and Services.

Responsibilities

LGBTQIA+ Programs and Services
  • Assist with questions or concerns in the Rainbow Lounge and track usage of this space
  • Assist in the coordination of at least one program each semester
  • Assist with planning, organizing and implementing signature events, such as the LGBTQIA+ Ice Cream Social, Ally Photo, Transgender Day of Remembrance, LGBTQIA+ Student Leadership Retreat, Pride Month and the Lavender Graduate and Pride Awards Banquet
  • Assist with peer education programming
  • Coordinate publicity and promotion of LGBTQIA+ Programs and Services through print, social media and tabling opportunities
Office of Student Involvement
  • Adequately respond to questions or concerns at the front desk or over the phone
  • Data entry, mailing and other clerical duties, as assigned
  • Open or close the front desk, as needed

Qualifications

  • Must be Work-Study eligible
  • Able to work effectively with diverse populations of students
  • Excellent administrative, planning, organizational, communication (verbal and written) and computer skills
  • Must be team oriented, have initiative and be self-motived
  • Able to maintain confidentiality
  • Preference given to candidates who have knowledge related to LGBTQIA+ communities

Compensation

  • $8.00-$9.25 per hour
  • Up to 17 hours per week
  • A flexible work schedule is promoted. Hours are scheduled between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m., plus additional evening events and activities.

Application timeline

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Graduate Assistantship

Graduate assistants in this 10-month position are an integral part of our team. They are directly involved in the daily operations of the Office of Student Involvement and LGBTQIA+ Programs and Services.

This position reports to the assistant director of LGBTQIA+ Programs and Services.

Responsibilities

LGBTQIA+ Programs and Services
  • Assist with questions or concerns in the Rainbow Lounge and track usage of this space
  • Assist with planning, organizing and implementing signature events, such as the LGBTQIA+ Ice Cream Social, Ally Photo, Transgender Day of Remembrance, LGBTQIA+ Student Leadership Retreat, Pride Month and the Lavender Graduate and Pride Awards Banquet
  • Coordinate, schedule, record and assess Peer Education workshops
  • Communicate and build relationships with faculty, staff and student organizations in order to promote LGBTQIA+ outreach initiatives and trainings
  • Assist in facilitating Safe Space training and LGBTQIA+ 101 programs for classrooms, organizations and offices
  • Assist with the advising and support of UMKC LGBTQIA+ student organizations, leaders and volunteers, including facilitating LGBTQIA+ student-leader retreats and team-building workshops
  • Coordinate publicity and promotion of LGBTQIA+ Programs and Services through print, social media and tabling opportunities
Office of Student Involvement
  • Staff the front desk when Work-Study students are not available
  • Assist programming larger OSI initiatives, including Roo Welcome, Family Weekend, Founders Week, Court Warming and Stress Less Fest
  • Work tabling and other promotional events
  • Provide administrative support to staff, as needed

Qualifications

  • Must be enrolled in a minimum of nine credit hours of graduate study at UMKC and must remain in good academic standing throughout the assistantship
  • Able to work effectively with diverse populations of students
  • Demonstrated leadership experience
  • Excellent administrative, planning, organizational, communication (verbal and written) and computer skills
  • Must be team-oriented, have initiative and be self-motivated
  • Strong interest in mentoring and developing students
  • Able to maintain confidentiality
  • Preference will be given to candidates who are interested in pursuing a career in higher education, LGBTQIA+ advocacy or other related fields

Compensation

  • $800 per month
  • Three-credit hour remission with full-time enrollment
  • Twenty hours per week
  • Ten-month appointment

This assistantship may require students to work in the evenings and on weekends. Graduate Assistants are paid during student vacation periods and are expected to be available for work. Their academic careers are a priority and work schedules are set accordingly.

Application timeline

We are not currently accepting graduate assistant applications.

Graduate Student Internships

Academic semester graduate internship

Graduate internships are available at LGBTQIA+ Programs and Services for UMKC graduate students seeking to fulfill necessary internship experiences for programs like higher education administration or related graduate degrees.

Responsibilities and qualifications for this internship can be discussed between the inquiring graduate student and the assistant director. This is an unpaid internship meant to help fulfill academic credits.

Please email us for more information.

Summer graduate internship

The LGBTQIA+ Programs and Services summer graduate assistant supports the office while gaining practical, hands-on experience. This position works to increase student involvement and enhance students' collegiate experience through collaboration with diverse populations of students, faculty and staff.

This position reports to the assistant director of LGBTQIA+ Programs and Services.

Responsibilities

  • Assist with the organization and planning of programs and events
  • Collaborate with LGBTQIA+ Programs and Services and Office of Student Involvement staff on special projects
  • Assist with updating and facilitating trainings and workshops
  • Assist with updating learning outcomes and assessment procedures
  • Learn fundamentals of campus LGBTQIA+ advocacy
  • Promote and represent LGBTQIA+ Programs and Services through events, marketing and outreach activities
  • Assist with office support, such as answering phones, replying to emails and attending staff meetings
  • Meet with Student Affairs professionals on campus as set up by the assistant director
  • Take part in professional and personal development discussions and reflection opportunities

Qualifications

  • Must be enrolled in a master's or doctoral program — student affairs, higher education or counseling programs preferred
  • Must be able to work with diverse populations of students and colleagues
  • Have a genuine interest in LGBTQIA+ programs and services — foundational knowledge about the LGBTQIA+ community preferred
  • Have effective communication, interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Able to maintain confidentiality

Compensation

  • Housing on campus and a parking pass for the duration of the internship
  • Thirty hours per week
  • Two-month appointment

Application timeline

Applications for Summer 2022 will open January 2022.