Summer Graduate Internship, Bridge Scholars Program, Georgia College

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Summer 2023 Paid Internship Opportunity

GC Overview

Georgia College is Georgia’s designated Public Liberal Arts University, located in historic Milledgeville, Georgia,
less than a dozen miles from the geographic center of the state. Georgia College is committed to combining
the educational experiences typical of esteemed private liberal arts colleges with the affordability of public
higher education.

BSP Overview

The Bridge Scholars Program is a residential learning community administratively housed in the Center for
Student Success within the division of Academic Affairs. BSP provides incoming first-year students a chance to
get a head start on college by participating in a special program designed to assist students in transitioning
from high school to college and building a strong academic and life skills foundation.

Enrollment in the Bridge Scholars Program is capped at approximately 135 students. Students who are denied
traditional admission due to a low high school GPA or entrance exam score, but who demonstrate potential
for success in higher education are nominated for the BSP by the Office of Admissions and invited to interview
for the program. Typically, 300 students will interview and compete for spaces in the program.

Accepted students participate in an intensive residential 5-week academic program over the summer. They
enroll in two core academic courses and one student success course. Student participation is required outside
of the classroom in activities and support services like specialized tutoring, peer mentoring, social programs,
team building and community service.

Fall admission is contingent upon successfully passing all three summer courses. Students who return for the
fall semester then continue in the BSP Residential Learning Community. Social, educational, and service
programs continue throughout the academic year which culminates with a celebratory banquet. BSP began in
summer 2006 and these students have since gone on to be campus leaders, role models, and high academic
achievers.

Job Description

This is a live-in position with duties which include:

  • co-teaching a section of the one-credit student success course
  • co-supervising a staff of 10 student employees
  • assisting with implementing and facilitating student staff training
  • planning and assisting with social and educational programming for the BSP students

Other duties may be assigned by the Bridge Scholars Program. The intern will have exposure to working with
parents, faculty, staff, and administrators in departments like advising, tutoring, housing, orientation, financial
aid, business office, registrar, and others. This is an intensive summer internship position, including evening
and weekend expectations. The intern provides vital leadership in BSP and is a key figure in the community.
With the internship entering its tenth year, we have several previous BSP interns working throughout higher
education, any of whom would be happy to speak with you about their experience; please follow-up with us
for contact information.

Qualifications

Graduate coursework in Student Affairs Administration or related program. The ideal intern will have a solid
grounding in student development theory and practice and will be: creative, flexible, mature, and able to work
as a leader as well as part of a team. Excellent written and verbal communication skills, trustworthiness, and
professional conduct are essential to this position; and the ability to see the humor in the challenges provided
by this dynamic community is always a bonus!

2023 Schedule

The internship coincides with the dates of the summer program. The intern will move into campus housing on
June 5, 2023. Student staff training and summer program preparation, co-facilitated by the intern, will be held
from June 7 – 16, 2023. The Bridge Scholars Program will run from June 17 – July 21, 2023, with a short break
for the Fourth of July holiday from July 1-4, 2023. The intern will move out of campus housing by July 23, 2023.

Compensation

During the summer program, the intern will reside in a furnished on-campus apartment within the same
building as the BSP students and BSP student staff. The intern should anticipate sharing a 2-bedroom, 2-
bathroom apartment with a student staff member. The intern will have their own bedroom and a private
bathroom. The intern will not live with Bridge Scholars first-year students. There is no housing cost for the
intern; rent is paid by the university as a benefit of the position. In addition, a parking pass is provided for the
intern. A stipend of $3,000.00 will be split between two payments, June 30th and July 29th.

How to Apply

Interested students enrolled masters programs in student affairs administration or related areas should
submit a cover letter and resume by email to the Bridge Scholars Program at bridge.scholars@gcsu.edu.

Deadline

Please note that applications are due by Wednesday, February 1, 2023.

Contact Information

For more information, please contact Dr. Erin Weston at erin.weston@gcsu.edu or call 478-445-0145.
For additional information about Georgia College BSP, visit http://www.gcsu.edu/bsp