College Student Personnel program

Summer Internship Experience 

Many students in the CSP program participate in a summer internship that builds and expands their skills for student affairs work. Some students use structured internship search resources like those provided by  NODA: Association for Orientation, Transition, and Retention in Higher Education  and ACUHO-I: Association of College and University Housing Officers International while others explore and secure internships using personal, alumni, and faculty resources. 

Summer Internship Experiences 

Housing and Dining Services, Wayne State University (MI)
Summer Camps and Conferences, Colorado Mesa University (CO)
Upward Bound Program, Western Kentucky University (KY)
Office of Student Leadership and Involvement, Suffolk University (MA)
Pre-College Programs, Rhode Island School of Design (RI)
Residential Life, Joffrey Academy of Dance (IL)
Residence Life, California State- Saint Marcos  (CA)
Orientation, East Carolina University (SC)
Residential Life - Marketing,Texas Tech University (TX)  
Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life, Miami University (OH)  
Residential Life, Oregon State University (OR)  
Orientation, John Jay College of Criminal Justice (NY)  
Summer Bridge Program, University of Maryland Baltimore County (MD)  
Orientation, Rutgers University-New Brunswick (NJ)



Being a First Time Supervisor

This past summer I had the opportunity to be a student affairs intern at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (Go Vols!) working as an Assistant Conference Manager (a.k.a. Summer Hall Director).  As a first-time supervisor, I worked with 16 undergraduate students that were a mix of first-time summer staff workers and folks who served in the same role last year.  I started the summer co-supervising the staff with a Hall Director. About three weeks into the summer, there was a slight change in positions and I was given additional responsibilities including solely supervising the 16 staff members and four buildings. With these added responsibilities as a new member on the team, it was challenging to navigate.  I was excited for the professional development I was about to embark on as well as nervous at the thought of doing it by myself. After talking with my supervisor about my additional responsibilities, the fear began to disappear as I was reminded of the support system I had in place.

As the summer went on, I began to develop my own supervisory style. I began learning what it meant to have boundaries with my staff. For example, my staff and I would often enjoy a round of milkshakes at a local restaurant but when conversations shifted from appropriate to inappropriate, I had to change the subjects and remind them that I was their supervisor.  I also learned about handling personnel conflict. When it came to my staff members having conflict with each other, I spoke with each individual about the issue and then mediated a conversation between them. I was able to remain a neutral party and take on a mediator role – I felt like a true professional!

During my long ten hour drive back to Macomb, I reflected on my summer experience and what I had learned. I learned that I am competent; I want to find a professional balance of having boundaries with my students. Most importantly I was reminded that I love working in Student Affairs. Watching my students grow in a short three months and seeing the passion they had along with my co-interns and supervisors reminded me that I love this field.      

Written by: Hayley Remmel 

Regardless of the geographic location, type of institution, or office that hosts their internship, the CSP students grow in their understanding of the field, their career path, and their skills through practical experiences like a summer internship that augments their assistantship and practicum during the academic year.