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The Center for the First-Year Experience hires over 100 student employees each year for paid internship and staff positions. Student employees can expect to gain valuable leadership skills, improve communication and facilitation skills, and have fun representing UW-Madison to incoming students.

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The leadership, interpersonal, and organizational skills I gained helped me to land my first job and transition into my career.

Elora, 2014 CFYE Intern

Currently Hiring

Operations Interns (2)

The Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration (SOAR) program welcomes more than 15,000 students and family members over the course of the summer, and the SOAR operations interns are the “stage managers” that make that process run smoothly.  As an operations intern, you will serve as a paraprofessional in the Center for the First-Year Experience (CFYE) to support SOAR’s daily program and advising operations. This position works throughout the spring semester and across more than 30 summer SOAR sessions to welcome the newest class of Badgers—SOAR is a marathon; not a sprint!

View the full job description here; applications are due by Friday, October 27, 2017.

Programming Interns (4)

The Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration (SOAR) program welcomes more than 15,000 students and family members over the course of the summer, and the SOAR programming interns help run orientation, providing the best possible experience for new students and their guests.  Four programming interns will be selected, and will work collaboratively to complete their responsibilities throughout the summer. This position trains during the spring semester and works through all summer SOAR sessions to welcome the newest class of Badgers—SOAR is a marathon; not a sprint!

View the full job description here; applications are due by Friday, October 27, 2017.

Transfer Transition Intern (1)

This position will work within the Transfer Transition Program to positively influence UW-Madison’s incoming transfer students via the planning and implementation of social and academic programming.

 

One Transfer Transition Intern will be selected, and will work collaboratively with Transfer Transition Program staff to complete  responsibilities including: leading parts of the 2018-2019 Transfer Ambassador Training, presenting portions of Transfer SOAR including portions of the Parent/Guest Program, communicating with campus partners and assisting in the creation of promotional materials for the Transfer Transition Program and events.

Applicants must have transferred to UW Madison in Spring 2017 or earlier, and have full-time undergraduate-student status through Spring of 2019. Spring semester hours will average ten hours per week, and summer will average 15-20 hours per week.

View the full job description here; applications are due by Friday, October 27, 2017.

Intern positions for Academic Engagement and Our Wisconsin will open in the Spring semester of 2018.

Positions Open in the Future

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New Student Leaders

This position of New Student Leader (NSL) can reward you with experiences and skills that will enhance your career and personal development.  Each NSL plays a critical role in the success of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s First Year Experience, including Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration (SOAR) and Wisconsin Welcome.

Applications for positions in summer 2018 will open in November. 

Orientation Assistants

An Orientation Assistant (OA) communicates pre-SOAR information with students and guests and manages daily SOAR operations to keep the program running. SOAR welcomes more than 15,000 students and family members over the course of the summer, and OAs are the “stage managers” that make that process run smoothly. They work both throughout the spring semester and across more than 30 summer SOAR sessions. SOAR is a marathon; not a sprint!

Orientation Assistants work hard year ‘round as part of a nine-member student staff team. They help students and families navigate the SOAR registration system; answer questions about campus; independently run a summer operations office; and keep the program functioning smoothly. As an OA, you become a SOAR expert for families—building your social skills through phone conversations and e-mail correspondence—and put a face to the people you’ve communicated with when they arrive at SOAR. You learn how campus “produces” such a large program and assist with the setup and logistics—plus, you have a “backstage pass” to the Union loading dock!

After all, you can’t spell SOAR without “OA!”

Applications for positions in spring and summer of 2018 will open in November. 

Transfer Ambassadors

The Center for the First-Year Experience (CFYE) invites former transfer students to serve as Transfer Ambassadors (TAs).  Transfer Ambassadors must be available to work up to six hours per week during the academic year, and days/times are variable and flexible. Transfer Ambassadors also help staff the Transfer SOAR sessions during summer and winter breaks. They will work with the Transfer Transition Advisor and Transfer Transition Intern to create and facilitate programming to assist the transfer student transition to the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Transfer Ambassadors will be selected based on ability to work well independently and with others, communicate effectively, and serve as a positive role model on behalf of UW-Madison.  They must display creativity, public relations skills, a high level of professionalism, inclusivity, and maturity of judgment.  Additionally, they must demonstrate patience, flexibility, strong organizational skills, positive attitude, strong work ethic, eagerness to learn, and a commitment to the Transfer Transition Program.

Applications for 2018-19 positions will open in November. 

Undergraduate Teaching Fellows

The Center for the First-Year Experience is seeking dedicated undergraduate students to serve as Undergraduate Teaching Fellows for Counseling Psychology 125: A Wisconsin Experience Seminar.

The Wisconsin Experience Seminar (Coun Psy 125) is a one-credit (75 min/wk., 15 wk.) first-year seminar open to all new students (freshman and transfer) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. It is co-taught by a University faculty or staff member and an Undergraduate Teaching Fellow in an active, discussion-driven, and community-oriented learning environment. Class size is capped at 20 students.

This small, interactive course is designed to help new students transition successfully to academic and student life at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Students will explore campus resources and opportunities; their skills, identity, interests, and goals; and the history and purpose of UW-Madison to help them make the most of their Wisconsin experience. A sample syllabus for the Wisconsin Experience Seminar can be found here.

Applications for 2018-19 positions will open February 1, 2018. 

Our Wisconsin Peer Facilitators

The Our Wisconsin program hires and trains students to serve as peer facilitators through helping lead inclusivity workshops for incoming students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Student applicants must have baseline knowledge about diversity, social justice, and/or inclusion and commitment to positively impacting campus climate at UW-Madison.

Workshops will begin in late August and run through September of 2018. Curriculum will be provided, and facilitators will be trained on all aspects of facilitation. For more details email ourwisc@studentlife.wisc.edu.

Applications for 2018-19 positions will open February 1, 2018.