School of Education and Social Policy Leadership Institute Graduate Assistant

School of Education and Social Policy Leadership Institute Graduate Assistant

The Graduate Assistant works with the staff of the School of Education and Social Policy (SESP) Leadership Institute at Northwestern University and reports to the Administrative Team. The SESP Leadership Institute (SLI) is an academic program and community. Participants in the program are selected based on their experiences as the first in their families to attend college and as students from lower-income backgrounds. Student participants are in the first or second years at Northwestern and engage in social activities and enroll in two credited courses: LOC/LS 214: Culture & Cognition and SESP 218: Leaders Lab. The Graduate Assistant is responsible for managing the day-to-day- program operations and supporting the student community of the Institute in conjunction with the SLI Leadership Team.

Primary Responsibilities

The primary responsibilities of the Graduate Assistant are program management (50%) student support (50%). Program management

  • Coordinates team meetings inclusive of scheduling, facilitating, and recording meeting minutes.

  • Recruits student participants.

  • Recruits peer leaders/student mentors.

  • Develops marketing and data-driven presentation materials for senior administrators, donors,

    students and their families.

  • Develops and maintains relationships with campus partners and local businesses

  • Plans, designs, and supports the execution of student trainings and programming.

  • Maintains and builds out program artifacts and administrative needs.

    Student support

  • Collaborate with student mentors at different stages of social programming (designing,

    developing, and leading) that aligns with the program budget

  • Partners with student mentors in navigating concerns and their own well-being.

  • Schedules debriefs with SAO focused on student wellness and community building.

    Other duties as assigned by faculty and program staff.


  • Working towards a master’s degree in Higher Education, Social Work, or related field

  • Strong time management, communication skills and attention to detail required

  • Strong ability to build trust and consistency within student relationships

  • Demonstrated interest in social justice and undergraduate student mentorship required

  • Experience working with FGLI, BIPOC and LGBTQ+ students required

  • Experience leading workshops, planning events, and assessing programs preferred

Learning Outcomes

As a result of this internship, the Graduate Assistant will acquire transferable professional skills in program management, co-curricular programming, student development and a deeper understanding of learning sciences. The Graduate Assistant is mentored by SLI Senior Program Coordinator, participates in networking events, and receives professional development training as a part of the work experience.

Time Commitment and Compensation

The duration of the internship is from June 2023-June 2024 with opportunity for renewal. The start date is flexible.

The Graduate Assistant is paid $22.50 per hour and works 15 - 20 hours per week, with occasional evenings and weekends for social programming.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should indicate so to Vanessa Champagne, SLI Senior Program Coordinator, at To apply, please send a cover letter and resume.



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