Assistant Director for Internship & Experiential Learning
Clark University

Worcester, Massachusetts

Posted in Education and Training

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Job Info

Category:: Staff and Administrators
Department:: UA-Clark Connect 7290
Locations:: Worcester, MA
Posted:: Jan 12, 2023
Closes:: Open Until Filled
Type:: Full-time - Exempt
Position ID:: 157780

About Clark University:

Founded in 1887, Clark was one of the first all-graduate institutions in the United States. Today the University is a highly-ranked, student-centered institution educating approximately 2,350 undergraduate and 1,150 graduate students to be imaginative and contributing citizens of the world and to advance the frontiers of knowledge and understanding through rigorous scholarship and creative effort. This commitment to scholarship and inquiry reflects the University's commitment to "challenge convention and change our world" and to address issues of critical importance to society. It is also reflected by Clark's many national and international distinctions, including recognition for its diversity and inclusion efforts, innovation, community engagement and impact, as a top green campus, and for having a distinguished geography and international development program. Clark has also been included in the groundbreaking Colleges that Change Lives guide since it was first published in 1996.

Clark is located in Worcester, Massachusetts, a dynamic, diverse city "on the rise." The second largest city in New England, Worcester is home to 11 institutions of higher learning and is increasingly recognized for its growing healthcare and biotechnology communities, its thriving cultural scene, and as a vibrant food hub.

Job Description:

The Division of Student Success is excited to be hiring for multiple assistant director roles within the Offices of Career Connections Center (CCC), Identity, Student Engagement, and Access (ISEA), Residential Life and Housing (RLH), Academic Support, and Student Leadership and Programming (SLP). These roles will work in partnership to uplift the mission of the division, providing holistic, intentional, and transformative experiences and support to students at Clark University.

If you are interested in one or more of the open positions, please indicate which one(s) in your cover letter. Note that each position is hyperlinked to their individual job posting, which includes more detailed information.

As a vital member of the Career Connections Center, the Assistant Director of Internships & Experiential Learning is responsible for developing and delivering comprehensive student career development and career readiness programming to support students' academic, professional, and personal growth. The Assistant Director will oversee the development, implementation, daily operation, and evaluation of a robust academic internship program. The Assistant Director serves as a resource for credited and non-credit internships and micro-internships and provides customized advising and coaching to students regarding career research, career design, and job/internship searching.

Primary responsibilities for this position include: Project manage all aspects of the undergraduate Academic Internship Program (AIP), including student advising, campus communication, application tracking, and evaluation, and data collection and reporting. In addition, the position assists with Summer Funding for Internships and Research. Serve as Career Connections Center career adviser. Engage in holistic career advising, drawing from academic advising, career counseling, and student development theories; Clark University academic requirements; Clark University resources and national best practices. Design, lead and support office career events.

Major Responsibilities: Describe in concise and clear statements. List in order of importance and note the approximate percent of time required for each task (on an annual basis).

Internship Program Coordinator

  • Work closely with constituents in identifying and promoting internship and mentoring opportunities for current Clark students while encouraging students to seize this unique opportunity while at Clark
  • Increase student engagement/participation & faculty partnership within internship and mentoring opportunities
  • Increase year-over-year student participation in the project onramp program
  • Assist with project management and support the growth of all aspects of the Academic Internship Program (AIP), including deadlines, campus communication, application tracking, evaluation, and data collection and reporting.
  • Assist with advising prospective student applicants.
  • Liaise with the Office of the Registrar, International Students and Scholars Office, faculty sponsors, and other stakeholders.
  • Assist with monitoring, troubleshooting, and resolving issues between students and site supervisors as needed; serve as the main point of contact to address reported student and employer complaints.
  • Partner with offices across campus to ensure that historically underrepresented student groups have support in exploring and applying for opportunities.
  • Develop and present information sessions, advising materials, and professional development resources for students in the AIP.
  • Update deadlines, policies, and procedures to stay current with Clark's academic calendar, academic policies, and safety guidelines.
  • Serve as a clearinghouse of local internship opportunities across all majors.
  • Assemble and maintain files for each participating student, including documentation of progress and related paperwork such as resumes, agreement forms, assignments, and employer evaluations.
  • Compile and maintain data for academic internships; prepares reports for relevant stakeholders.
  • Refer students to funding opportunities for unpaid internships as appropriate.
  • Stay abreast of academic internship trends nationwide and with other liberal arts institutions.
  • Supervise student staff as appropriate.

Career Adviser

  • Engage in holistic career advising, drawing from: academic advising, career counseling, and student development theories; Clark University academic requirements; Clark University resources and national best practices.
  • Working primarily with students in a chosen discipline, provide students and recent alums with customized guidance and information regarding career exploration, career goal setting and preparation, and job/internship searching.
  • Meet with students one-on-one and in-group settings to assist with resume preparation, interviewing skills, networking, and other skill development as needed.
  • Contribute to the design, creation, and maintenance of on-demand career readiness resources for students and faculty.
  • Partner with assigned chosen discipline faculty, ClarkCONNECT, University Advancement, and other Clark offices to develop and deliver career programming which prepares students for internships, career selection, and employment.
  • Develop presentations and resources for chosen discipline departments; build collaborative relationships with chosen discipline faculty.
  • Participate in career fairs and other large-scale Career Connections Center events.
  • Advise students on how to utilize Clark resources effectively.
  • Participate in professional development activities and associations.
  • Stay abreast of career pathways, trends, and opportunities for chosen discipline majors.
  • Stay abreast of local internship opportunities and graduate school options for STEM majors.
  • Maintain student files and records.
  • Attend and participate in all relevant Career Connections Center staff meetings and training.
  • Serve as Career Connections Center representative and ambassador for admissions, orientation, and other Clark-sponsored events.
  • Provide data and information for reports when appropriate, and develop recommendations for consideration and approval.
  • Expand opportunities for a diverse group of students, including but not limited to first-generation students, students of color, LGBTQ+ students, and students with disabilities.

Opportunity Funding & Summer Internships and Research

  • Work closely with the Dean of the College to promote Opportunity Funding & Summer Internships, and Research opportunities
  • Collaborate with faculty, staff, and students around Opportunity Funding & Summer Internships, and Research opportunities.
  • Assist with the oversight of the website and information for the Opportunity Funding page.

Participate in the growth and development of the Center, Division, and Clark University

  • Support key initiatives and experiences within the Division of Student Success and the University, such as opening weekend, orientation, commencement, family weekend, traditional events, etc.
  • Serve as a responsible committee representative as requested.
  • Attend necessary meetings and inform staff regarding relevant information
  • Promote efficiency and courtesy throughout the University community and ensure that is consistent with the Division of Student Success mission and values.
  • Remain cognizant of the University's mission and identity, the constant promotion of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and the importance of student voices.
  • Communicate effectively with your supervisor concerning pertinent unit and/or University matters.
  • Other duties as assigned that are within the best interest of the division and department


Clark University currently requires all employees and students to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Exemptions will be made for medical or disability reasons or religious beliefs, and could be made, at the sole discretion of the University, for other well-documented reasons.

Experience and Other Skills Required

Bachelor's degree required; Master's preferred

  • 1-3 years of experience in a coaching or advising-related function. Experience in a university environment directly working with an undergraduate population is a plus
  • Academic and/or professional experience in a social science discipline a plus
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully manage complex projects with multiple stakeholders
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent follow-through and attention to detail
  • Must be self-directed with the ability to work independently
  • Ability to organize, analyze, prioritize, and problem-solve within a fast-paced office environment with frequent interruptions
  • Demonstrated understanding of, appreciation for, and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and build partnerships
  • Ability to design, adapt and deliver engaging, interactive programming to large and small groups of students
  • Ability to manage confidential information and sensitive situations
  • Demonstrated commitment to customer service
  • Comfort in a technology-rich environment; experience with database-related software and/or student information systems
  • Familiarity with academic advising, career advising, and/or student development theories a plus
  • Experience working with diverse populations and an ability to prepare and guide individuals from diverse groups toward future opportunities
  • Available to work some nights and weekends

Additional Information:

Clark University embraces equal opportunity as a core value: we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees and our community. This commitment applies to every aspect of education, services, and employment policies and practices at Clark. Our commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention. All positions at Clark share in the responsibility for building a community that values diversity and the uniqueness of others by exhibiting integrity and respect in interacting with all members of the Clark community to create an atmosphere of fairness and belonging. We strongly encourage members from historically underrepresented communities, inclusive of all women, to apply.

Clark University offers a generous benefit package for full and, if applicable, part-time employees that include; paid time off, generous retirement plan, group health and dental insurance, life insurance, and tuition, along with use of many campus amenities. For a complete list of benefits for eligible employees visit here.

Application Instructions:

To be considered for this position, you must submit your credentials online. Create a Clark University Careers Account by clicking on the APPLY NOW button below. You will be able to upload the following documents, which are required for consideration:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter

See the FAQ for using our online system. Please contact us if you need assistance applying through this website.

Already have a Clark University Careers Account? Login to your account to add documents or update your account.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Salary will be commensurate with skills and experience.

Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States for any employer.

A successful background check is required upon acceptance.

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