Summer Graduate Internship 

Summer Grad Students  


This internship program is currently on hiatus.

The UCR Summer Internship for Housing and LGBT Concerns
Each summer, since 2004, we select up to two graduate students for our internship program. The position is a joint appointment with UCR Housing Services and the LGBT Resource Center.

Interns learn about aspects of directing an LGBT resource center, including programming, training, advocacy, budgeting and more. They also gain valuable experience working with a large-scale university housing program.

This is a 6-week, full-time posiiton beginning in mid-June.

About UCR

UCR enrolls more than 18,000 undergraduate students. Approximately 25 percent of students live in student housing, including 75 percent of the freshman class.

The student population is culturally diverse, with approximately 80% of undergraduates identifying as Asian Pacific Islander, African American, Chicano/a/Latino/a or Native American.

Since 1993, the LGBT Resource Center has provided UCR with support, education and advocacy regarding sexual orientation and gender identity.

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Application Process

  • The application process for each Summer internship begins in January.
  • Applicants are asked to submit via an email to the following:
    • A resume
    • A cover letter explaining the relevance of the internship to one’s career objectives and the skills one hopes to gain from this internship experience.
  • Phone interviews are conducted in February and March.
  • One or two interns are selected for the internship.

This internship is on hiatus. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Internship Activities

  • Project - Interns will develop and complete a project to be shared with members of the Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals. The specific project will take shape once interns are on site.
  • Housing Activities - Interns will meet with UCR housing staff to determine tasks that will best assist the development of UCR Residence Life training and programming. This could include working on training modules for student staff members, programming efforts connected with Stonewall Hall and/or UCR “Welcome Week” planning.
  • Summer Orientation Activities - Interns will help facilitate "Building Common Ground" sessions during new student orientation, working alongside staff from the ethnic and gender program offices. Interns will also assist with outreach tabling during the activities expos.
  • Professional Development Activities - Interns will participate in staff discussions regarding student affairs, and learn about topics such as career development, professional/personal boundaries, budgeting, and serving diverse student populations.
  • Center Activities - Interns will interact with students and visitors at the LGBT Resource Center, including opportunities to facilitate student discussion groups or present summer programs.
  • Site Visits - Interns will visit LGBT resource centers at campuses such as UC Irvine, UC San Diego, Cal Poly Pomona, CSU San Bernardino, the Claremont Colleges, CSU San Marcos, and UCLA.


  • Must be currently enrolled graduate student within a student affairs graduate program.
  • Must have experience working with housing and residence life, or with LGBT students, in a higher education environment.
  • Must understand sexual orientation, gender identity, and student development issues; be sensitive to the effects of racism, sexism, heterosexism, genderism, and other forms of oppression on the student experience; and have excellent oral and written communication skills.
Past Interns
  • Blaise and KJ

    Jessica Newman (Illinois State University) & Roze Brooks (University of Kansas) on campus in 2015.

  • Blaise and KJ

    Blaise Baldonado (New York University) & Kari Jo Freudigmann (Missouri State University) in the hub of campus in 2014.

  • Derrick-Kayley

    Derrick Moeller (Iowa State University) and Kayley Robsham (University of Rhode Island) with Scotty in 2013.

  • Cameron-Kayla

    Kayla Lisenby (University of South Carolina) and Cameron Breither (University of Michigan) are ready to Build Common Ground during Highlander Orientation in 2012.

  • Catherine-Paul

    Catherine Cotrupi (Virginia Tech University) and Paul DeStefano (Rutgers University) on a campus tour in 2011.

  • Saby-Courney

    Courtney D'Allaird (University of Albany, SUNY) and Saby Labor (University of Southern California) at the HUB in 2010.

  • Angie-Katy

    Katy Weseman (Northwestern University) and Angie Baltimore (University of Central Arkansas) looking happy interning in 2008.

  • Zack-Pepper

    Zack Ford (Iowa State University) and Pepper Anan (San Diego State University) meet Norm the Navel in 2007.

  • danny_glassman

    Danny Glassmann (University of Central Arkansas) and Christine Mata (Michigan State University) at the Bear Fact Orientation with Nancy Tubbs in 2006.

  • Saby-Courney

    Avani Trivedi (University of Texas at Austin) created the Queer People of Color Heroes poster series (*pdf) in 2005.

  • Chad

    Our first intern, Chad Wilson (Appalachian State University) helped create the Stonewall Hall and Gender Neutral Housing proposal in 2004.


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