ULN Campus Partners - The Link to Leadership
The ULN Internship Program
ULN Program Overview:
The University Leadership Network (ULN) at the University of Texas at Austin is a new scholarship program designed to support 500 incoming students with unmet financial need. The program seeks to provide opportunities for leadership development and academic success to help students graduate in 4 years with increased professional skills. Students receive an annual scholarship award of $5,000, which is given as a monthly $500 disbursement during the fall and spring semesters as students meet program goals. Students who participate all four years in the University Leadership Network could earn up to $20,000.
During the first year of participation, students receive interactive leadership training, which features a weekly speaker series, meeting with a peer mentor to apply their training, performing community service each semester, and engaging in active self-reflection. Their second, third and fourth years of ULN offer leadership opportunities including community service, self-reflection, leadership development workshops, and opportunities to learn outside the classroom in real-world settings.
The ULN Internship Program:
One of the major out of classroom opportunities is the ULN Internship Program (funded by ULN). The internship is a central requirement for the ULN scholarship and is coordinated with our designated Campus Partners. The ULN Campus Partners include academic, administrative, operational, and athletic units or individuals at the University of Texas at Austin. These partners agree to supervise an undergraduate intern or interns who serve a need within the unit and at the same time, learn skills that will enhance his or her professional development.
Becoming a ULN Campus Partner:
Campus partners submit a proposal that communicates a description of the student’s activities. The proposal also includes the transferable skills (e.g. time management, project management, professional communication) the student can expect to gain during the internship. These learning outcomes are essential for providing a rewarding experience for the student and ensure the internship will consist of sets of valuable skills that can benefit the student upon graduation. The academic and professional outcomes also assist with student placement.
ULN Campus Partner Benefits and Expectations:
ULN Campus Partners Benefits include:
- Partner receives assistance with operations.
- No impact on partner’s operational budget.
- Partner is an integral part of a campus-wide scholarship program.
- Partner builds connections with one or more ULN interns.
- Partner can sponsor more than one kind of internship and ore than one intern.
ULN Campus Partners Expectations include:
- Partners provide academic and/or professional growth experiences for ULN interns and develop learning objectives for the student.
- Partner complete ULN Supervisor Orientation (provided by ULN Staff in May, Summer Session, & Early Fall).
- Partner attends at least one ULN Campus Partner sponsored events
- Partner participates in ULN program evaluation (provided by ULN Staff).
- Partner submits mid-term and end-of-term evaluations for each intern (provided by ULN Staff).
- Partner communicates with the ULN Office as needed./li>
- ULN students begin their internships in Fall (specific date tbd, after first week of classes) and end their internships in the Spring (specific date tbd).
- ULN interns will participate in their internships for no more than 10 hours per week.
The Proposal Process and Deadlines:
ULN Campus Partner Internship Proposals are submitted by March 31, with student placements occurring up to the end of April. Proposals must meet a minimum of Learning and Professional Outcomes requirements. A Campus Partner may submit more than one internship proposal for different positions, or submit one proposal for multiple students in the same position. Please see the following sample proposal:
Once a proposal is received and approved, your internship will be posted on the ULN website where students can view a short description and the associated desired qualifications. Students will not have partner contact information.
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The ULN office will place students with their Campus Partner by the end of Spring, which allows each partner to meet their interns prior to the start of the following Fall Semester. Your internship will begin in the fall semester.
Thank you for your interest in becoming a Campus Partner for the ULN Internship Program. Be the Link to Leadership!
University Leadership Network
Flawn Academic Center (FAC), Room 334
Jennifer L. Smith
Senior Program Coordinator
Student Affairs Administrator