TRIO Student Success Services Graduate Intern

TRiO Student Success Services
South Seattle College

South Seattle College is located in West Seattle and is the most diverse college in the city. The population of the college reflects its neighborhood: 60% of students are minorities, 54% are first generation college students and there are more than 35 different languages spoken among the students. The average age of the South student is 31 years old and we provide programming for first-time freshmen, basic adult education, and professional and technical certifications. Over 40% of our students continue to work part-time or full-time jobs while in school in order to support their families.

TRiO Student Success Services (SSS) is a federally-funded TRiO program at South. We provide opportunities for academic development, assist students in meeting basic college requirements, and serve to motivate students towards the successful completion of their education at South Seattle and ultimately transfer to a 4-year university.  The goal of Student Success Services is to increase the college retention and graduation rates of low-income and first generation students, as well as students with disabilities - and facilitate the process of transition from one level of higher education to the next. We do this through academic advising, tutoring, and workshops in financial literacy and transfer resources.

Gain skills in Student Services in the role of an Adviser/Counselor and act as a resource for transfer planning and career planning.

Work with Peer Mentors to provide student development workshops in an area of focus that the intern is interested in. ie: stress management, study skills, financial literacy, leadership development, diversity issues.

Use student data to evaluate the effectiveness of TRiO program services.

What You May Learn During This Internhip: 

Advising and counseling with diverse student populations
Gain an understanding and experience with students who have specific needs: older adult
students, ESL, low-income, immigrants, single parents.

Primary Area(s): 

Academic and transfer advising
Transfer application help: personal statements and scholarship essays
Program assessment/evaluation
Provide leadership and mentorship to Student Assistants in the Peer Mentor and Tutoring program

Secondary Area(s): 

Assist with workshops: financial aid, transfer events
Tutoring help as needed

Skills/Knowldege Required: 

Bachelor's degree in Education or similar
Interest in working with diverse student populations
Familiarity with research and data collection methods
Knowledge of college entry requirements
Strong public speaking and communication skills
Proficiency in MS applications (Word, Outlook, & Excel)

Skills/Knowledge Recommended: 

Experience working with diverse student populations
Understanding of community college
TRiO knowledge/experience
Proficient in language other than English
Teaching experience with sensitivity towards diverse populations

Quarters Available: 
Autumn
Winter
Spring

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