Intern Responsibilities & Learning Objectives
To promote all aspects of the Digital Islamic Studies Curriculum (DISC ) as assigned by the internship supervisor. These work duties will include program promotion in the form of (but not limited to) featured lectures, classes, and related events through Big Ten Academic Alliance member institutions using social media platforms and other communications programs. The intern will gain applicable job skills and other benefits including but not limited to team work; time management; communication skills; enhanced writing, editing, and website management skills; higher-education administrative experience; and networking.
- Attend one or more session of a current DISC course session during internship period.
- Promote DISC program to Big Ten Academic Alliance member institutions and relevant student organizations via social media and other communications platforms (i.e. attending student org meetings and Festifall).
- Implement and monitor a DISC blog on our WordPress site.
- Under the direction of the program coordinator, implement the compilation and creation of a semi-annual DISC newsletter to be sent out to all associated faculty at Big Ten Academic Alliance member institutions.
- Work with currently enrolled students to collect student testimonials, monitor student experience, ensure enrolled students are informed about DISC, and compile said information to be utilized for enhanced promotional content.
- Work with the International Institute Communications team to gather relevant information for posters, flyers, and other visual content; effectively utilize said content to advertise DISC to an undergraduate audience.
- Contribute to website redesign, management, and maintenance throughout the semester.
- Enhance program reputation by acting as a DISC Ambassador to peers and faculty on campus. Intern should accept ownership of completed tasks, exhibit flexibility in taking on new tasks as needed, and explore opportunities to add value to job accomplishments.
Required Skills and Qualifications:
Applicant is an University of Michigan Undergraduate or Graduate student with an interest in world religions and/or international studies. They should have an interest in social media and marketing/communications and the ability to be culturally sensitive in their application of these tools. The desired applicant has an independent work ethic, exemplary organizational and planning skills, good judgement of appropriate social media use, and an ability to deal with complexity and manage multiple projects at once. Additionally, they should be proactive, reliable, and able to work effectively within a team.
Desired Skills and Qualifications:
Applicant has previously taken a DISC course and/or is enrolled in an upcoming course. Strong interest in Islam and the Muslim world preferred. Background in communications or media editing is preferred.
- For University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Students only
- Minimum commitment of 6-9 hrs/wk per academic term; flexible schedule
- Interns are eligible for a $500 stipend at the end of the semester
In the Winter/Spring of 2018, we will be seeking interns for our active partner campuses.