Richard Flacks Leadership Internship
The Associated Students Leadership intern was named after Dr. Richard Flacks, a distinguished Professor in Sociology, because of his remarkable leadership to students and his highly regarded published research on student culture and activism. The Flacks intern serves as a concrete bridge between the students, the administration, and the university community. Through its substantive projects, duties and goals, students gain valuable leadership experience by working closely with A.S. Executive Director.
Dr. Flacks has challenged institutions, altered structures of power, taken ownership in the community, and in honor of his work, the Flacks Intern will simultaneously challenge student leaders and administrators to better serve and represent the student body. By utilizing thelocal, state, and national resources of A.S., the Flacks Intern can make an everlasting change in the campus community through the projects that she or he chooses.
The intern is required to work an operational 8-10 hours a week and earns a quarterly stipend of $1000, with a yearly budget of approximately $5000. All undergraduate students in good academic standing may apply. During her or his service the intern must be registered at UCSB forthe entire academic year. Listed below are some of the projects and/or events the intern is responsible for coordinating.
A.S. EVENT PLANNING—
A.S. CONGRESS/TOWN HALL/ YEAR END
The Flacks Intern will design and implement the Associated Students Congress/TownHall to be held by the seventh week of Fall Quarter. This is an opportunity for committee members, members of student groups and organizations and any interested students to come together and set a common goal for what they want A.S., particularly Senate to achieve for the academic year. The intern will set the date for Congress, establish speakers, invite the relevant students and staff, advertise, and collect lists of possible goals to be discussed at the event. The Town Hall portion of the evening will include all persons in A.S. (Board and Committees, student staff, career staff, Senate, Executive members, etc.). This event will provide an opportunity for the above members of A.S. to set their own goals and issues for the academic year, and also as an opportunity to discuss ideas and goals of A.S. Congress.
The year end recognition banquet is designed to bring together all of the varied departments and organizations within A.S. and provide an opportunity for A.S. leaders to recognize the outstanding work that is done throughout the year both individually and collectively. At this banquet the recipients of several awards are announced including: the Robert L. Lorden Award for Outstanding Leadership in Service to Associated Students, the Jeremy Johansen award, Board or Committee of the year, various Committee members of the year and others. The intern will coordinate the logistical planning and work with A.S. leadership to design the program and awards.
The Flacks Intern may undertake any number of personal projects that may range from very detailed efforts to very broad ones. The Flacks Intern should discuss all project ideas with the Executive Director and with A.S. officers. This aspect of the position allows the Flacks Intern to personalize the internship and bring something new to it every year. They have the ability and opportunity to focus on campus issues, the Isla Vista community, and/or statewide issues affecting Associated Students. These issues should assist the Flacks intern in realizing personal goals and personal growth in addition to serving the campus.
ANNUAL STUDENT LEADERSHIP RETREAT
The intern helps plan, coordinate, and host a two-day retreat for student leaders, is held in September or early October (participation is mandatory); wherein they help identify critical issues for the upcoming year. The Flacks Intern also has the chance to give presentations for the group and network with other student groups and provide them with support.
The intern may have the unique opportunity to sit on various committees seeking student input within the Division of Student Affairs. These committees may include the Activities Awards, the Annual Student Leadership Conference, and/or the Student Affairs Student Staff Divisional Meeting.
STUDENT, STAFF AND ADMINISTRATIVE INTERNAL DISCUSSION
At least two (2) times during the academic year, the Flacks intern invites A.S. officers, representatives, members from the boards, committees, commissions, and also staff and administrative personnel to an informal gathering. The Flacks intern presides over these informal meetings and may chose to invite additional clubs, organizations, faculty, staff, and administrators if she/he deems fit for any particular meeting. The goal of the internal discussion is to bridge communication between A.S. internally, set goals, and discuss issues affecting the A.S. students and staff, while pushing forward the A.S. organization itself within the campus community.
DUTIES AND REQUIREMENTS
The Flacks Intern must attend and help plan the Student Leadership Retreat held in the beginning of Fall Quarter. They must also attend at least two (2) Senate meetings per quarter. They must also attend at least three (3) board and committee meetings each quarter to help establish relationships with members of Associated Students and offer assistance on different boards and committee’s projects and goals. The Flacks Intern must also assist the A.S. officers as well as Senate members on special projects and support their events. The intern will meet with the Executive Director three (3) times per quarter to discuss current and future projects.
The Flacks Intern participates in the recruitment and selection process for the following year’s intern.
Applications are available at the Associated Student Administration Office or you can download a pdf copy here.
Completed applications are due Friday, May 24, by 5:00p.m. to A.S. Administration Office.
For more information, contact Denise Rinaldi at 893-4141 or firstname.lastname@example.org