Student Job Posting for Digial Modules on Community Engagement Project

Working Title:  Project Coordinator
Classification: Student Coordinator II
Temporary staffing, up to 12 months
Starting in July/August 2016
Ending in April 2017, with possibility of continuing into May/June
Hours: 8 to 12 hours per week
Salary: $12 to $15 per hour, depending on experience

Project Title: Using Digital Modules to Holistically Prepare Students for Sustainable Community Engagement

About the project:

Each year, thousands of University of Michigan graduate and undergraduate students take part in various community-oriented engaged learning experiences locally, nationally, and internationally. Without thoughtful and intentional preparation and debriefing, well-intentioned but poorly-prepared students are potentially harming populations and themselves, and they may be negatively impacting future opportunities for collaborations within and beyond those communities. Through the collaborative synergy of five campus units, we propose the development of a digital toolkit that identifies and personalizes instructional modules for students participating in global and community engagement. These modules will be carefully crafted to meet the rising demands of students engaging with communities independent of University partners. They will support the entire engagement lifecycle (pre, during and post experience) and give students the opportunity to share their work with others.

Role description:

Under the direction of the Project Manager and committee co-leaders, the Project Coordinator will play an important role in managing the logistics, coordination, and organization of the project. The role will begin in July/August 2016 and end in April 2017, with the possibility of continuing until June 2017. Exact start and end dates are negotiable.

Responsibilities include:

  • Schedule meetings for the committee, prepare meeting agendas and minutes, and facilitate communication amongst project stakeholders.

  • Assist in coordinating content development of instructional modules by engaging in research of existing best practices and scholarly knowledge, University standards and policy, and local and global expertise.

  • Participate in writing and editing modules, ensuring consistency of voice, tone, and style.

  • Assist the committee in determining the best platform and instructional design for the instructional modules (within University guidelines), utilizing scholarly research, user group interviews, focus group data, and best practices.

  • Coordinate focus group interviews and user interviews with stakeholders by setting meetings, taking notes, and organizing logistics.

  • Assist in the development of project needs assessments and project evaluation, amongst any other identified needs or tasks for project success.

Qualifications

Required:

  • Sound understanding of intercultural theories and practices.

  • Knowledge and/or experience with international and/or domestic community engagement.

  • Very organized, adept and experienced at managing large projects with competing priorities and various stakeholders.

  • Strong communication skills, specifically written (project memos, content development), facilitation (meetings), and oral (public presentation).

  • Ability to work in an ambiguous work environment.

  • Self-starter, able to manage projects and tasks autonomously.

  • Experience with qualitative data collection methods and/or user research methodology (specifically focus groups and interviews).

Preferred:

  • Knowledge of University digital innovation practices and guidelines.

  • Knowledge or familiarity with instructional design practices, with a focus on individualized or tailored messaging.

  • Technical skills and knowledge, specifically an understanding of cloud-based instructional tools (ideally WordPress and Learndash plug-in).

Application:

Please send resume and statement of interest (or cover letter) to MGlobalEngageGrant@umich.edu by July 22, 2016.

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Fulbright Opportunities in France

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There are exciting Fulbright U.S. Scholar grant opportunities in Nord Pas de Calais region of France in Renewable Energy and related fields. The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government, and it is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Applications for the 2016-2017 academic year are currently being accepted from all levels of faculty, including early career, and professionals.

The Nord Pas de Calais Regional Council Award gives academics, including those at the postdoctoral level, the opportunity to conduct research at Nord Pas de Calais universities or research centers for up to 12 months. The Nord Pas de Calais region welcomes candidates in the hard and social sciences, with priority areas in STEM, Environmental Sciences and impact studies on air, water, soil, and energetic transitions.

The Nord Pas de Calais Regional Award (Junior Research) provides postdocs and early-career researchers the opportunity conduct research for up to 12 months at a participating Nord Pas de Calais university or research center. The following are priority areas for the region: STEM multidisciplinary projects, environmental sciences, energetic transitions, eco-mobility and intelligent energy networks, rail and car transportation, materials studies, advanced technologies of information and communication, cognitive science, ethics, and industrial societies and economic systems.

Additional details about these awards can be found on the French Fulbright Commission’s regional programs page, found here. A full list of awards in France can be found in the Catalog of Awards.

Please note that applicants must be U.S. citizens, and the application deadline is August 1, 2016. Additional Eligibility Criteria, Application Guidelines, and Review Criteria are available on the website.

Virtual Student Foreign Service – Applications for the 2016-17 program are now open: July 2-22, 2016

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The Virtual Student Foreign Service (VSFS) is the largest virtual internship program in the world! This year there are more than 900 vacancies with more than 30 federal agencies. VSFS offers unique mentoring and recruitment possibilities.

Applications for the 2016-17 VSFS program are open between July 2 and 22 on USAJOBS.gov. Students can intern with more than 30 federal agencies including NASA, the Smithsonian, the State Department, National Parks Service, and others. You can see the projects offered at http://vsfs.state.gov/!

To apply, students must log on to USAJOBS, create an account, build a resume, and upload a transcript. 

eInterns spend ten hours a week from September through May. Although this is unpaid, volunteer work, eInterns make connections that make a difference, gain valuable experience, and sometimes get course credit. All applicants must be U.S. citizens enrolled in at least one university level course in the U.S. or abroad.

Learn more at the website, FacebookInstagramLinkedIn, and Twitter!

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Example project:

Democracy and Human Rights Digital Design Intern

http://vsfs.state.gov/projects/view/101

American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee in Michigan Seeking Interns

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The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee in Michigan (ADC-Michigan) is seeking interns for the coming academic year. Internships are available for undergraduate students, graduates, and law students. This internship provides substantive experiences in a civil rights environment where all interns will be exposed to a broad range of civil rights projects, legal advocacy, and the day-to-day operations of a non-profit organization. The internship program is the perfect medium for developing and nurturing talented students. The internship program prepares them for future roles in cultural competency, race relations, civil rights, and advocacy. ADC encourages passionate, creative and intelligent people of all majors and backgrounds to apply.

Although the internships are unpaid, ADC-Michigan is willing to provide academic credit or community service hours in a highly educational, energetic, and hands-on environment. You will receive direct mentoring from the Director of ADC-Michigan, who is a law professor and civil rights attorney. For more information on her click here. Arabic language proficiency is a plus, although not required.

The ADC is the largest national grassroots organization in the country dedicated to safeguarding the civil rights and liberties of Arab-Americans in the United States. ADC-Michigan is the most active regional office. The organization receives calls from a diverse group of clients who feel that they may have been subjected to patent or latent forms of national origin and racial discrimination by individuals or institutions. Please click here to visit the ADC Michigan website.

To apply for an internship e-mail a cover letter and resume to adcmich@adc.org.

ADC-Michigan: Your Empowerment, Your Voice, Your Community, Your ADC!

Location: 930 Mason Street Suite 101, Dearborn, MI 48124