The Associated Students of Southern Oregon University is looking for a responsible, resourceful, innovative, and dedicated students to enhance the capacity and impact of student leadership on Campus. Our Internship will help to support ASSOU’s mission to provide students with the resources to enrich their collegiate experience, represent the interests and voices of students at SOU, and steer SOU towards a legacy of longevity and sustainability. In working to achieve this goal the Interns will help conduct programs and trainings, facilitate dialogues, create resources, and seek feedback from current students. Each intern will be partnered with a Mentor in ASSOU. Collaboration and active participation with student organizations and other involved student leaders on campus will be pivotal to the success of the internship. The Intern will also be expected to work on their own leadership skills throughout the term and to make an effort to serve as a model of balance and wellness for other student leaders they are certain to come in contact with.

This Internship is offered for credit but available to all students. Although no direct stipend or compensation is offered there are numerous opportunities to become student staff members or join ASSOU's leadership throughout the year. Oregon Student Association has a 40 year legacy working with students and providing them with experience and career preparedness that helps ensure our interns are successful for the rest of their lives. We are nationally recognized and our Alumni include countless senators, representatives, directors, executives and governor’s in the US and abroad.

Responsibilities:
- Attend once weekly training and development meetings
Work with a mentor in ASSOU to complete campaign and field work
- Be available for meetings with student leadership and organizations
- Report back to Mentor and ASSOU Campus Organizer
Assist in the development of leadership resources and programming materials
- Assist in the development of student events and activities
Participate with advocacy, development of legislative proposals, and research
- Perform other similar and related duties as assigned involving advocacy, budgets and planning
- Participate fully bringing creative ideas and perspectives to Student Government
- More details are available in the Internship Syllabus

Qualifications:
- Any level of student is welcome to participate
- Excellent communication skills both oral and written
- Willingness to grow in the face of adversity and leave your comfort zone
- Ability to work effectively with diverse student, faculty and staff populations
- Capacity for discretion and confidentiality when working others
Ability to be creative and innovative
- Demonstrated leadership skills, and self-motivation
- Ability to work flexible hours (5-10 hours per week)
- Must be able to make a full term commitment

Professional Development: 
This internship offers a flexible schedule with professional expectations, an exciting opportunity for leadership development, and the chance to create progressive change within the SOU and Oregon community. The Intern will report to the ASSOU Campus Organizer. This Internship is offered for credit but available to all students. Although no direct stipend or compensation is offered there are numerous opportunities to become student staff members or join ASSOU’s leadership throughout the year. Oregon Student Association has a 40 year legacy working with students and providing them with experience and career preparedness that helps ensure our interns are successful for the rest of their lives. We are nationally recognized and our Alumni include countless senators, representatives, directors, executives and governor’s in the US and abroad.

To Apply:
Please send an email stating your interests and background to OSA@sou.edu with the subject line 2017, “Fall Term Internship” in the email include your answers to the following. Typical answers are approximately 500 words.

1.    OSA Alumni work everywhere from state governments, to congress, and are business leaders, community leaders and innovators in their field. What, briefly, is your long term goal for this experience?

2.    OSA has a strong commitment to diversity, inclusion. OSA prioritizes issues impacting underrepresented communities by engaging students of color and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students at the statewide level. Please describe your experience and qualifications in advocating for, researching issues with, and training students from some of these communities. If you have none, describe what you think you would like to learn.

3.    OSA focuses upon issues facing students in Higher Education. What, briefly, do you think are some of the issues creating barriers for students in pursuing higher-education, and/or succeeding in their studies? Do you have any ideas to change them?