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Student Affairs Internship Program


The Student Affairs Internship Program is designed to:

  • Offer undergraduates an administrative experience under the direction of a Southern Methodist University Student Affairs professional.
  • Expose interns to selected management topics and leadership constructs.
  • Serve the SMU community by incorporating student expertise in the development of programs and projects that benefit students, faculty, and staff.


Student Development and Programs offers a unique mentoring experience to students who wish to pursue a career in higher education. Participants in the Student Affairs Internship Program will be assigned a mentor. The mentors will be well versed in their designated area and will be required to mentor the intern for a full academic year (2010-2011)

Southern Methodist University (AID) Mentors:

  • Student Development and Programs (SDAP) – Jennifer Jones
  • The Women’s Center – Karen Click
  • Fraternity and Sorority Life – Kristal Statler
  • Student Activities – Dawn Norris
  • Hughes Trigg Student Center – Richard Owens
  • Multicultural Student Affairs – Creston Lynch


The Student Affairs Interns work closely with their mentors to determine the focus of their internship. Internships should involve responsibly for a single or series of significant projects. The internship should be very interactive, involved in the day-to-day activities of their respective office, facilitate and lead various programs, and gain first hand experience of the aims and responsibilities of the student affairs field

Learning Outcomes

The Student Affairs Intern Program was developed to give undergraduate students an understanding of higher education in the Student Affairs area. As a result of participation in the Student Affairs Internship Program the interns will:

  • Meet with key campus managers and departments, interns gain a clearer understanding of how decisions are made
  • Participate in team projects and independent research which will allow interns to develop a better understanding of Student Affairs.
  • Interns will identify a better understanding of their own personal values, professional interests, and career goals. As well as develop a personal management plan.
  • Acquire knowledge of Southern Methodist University history, governance, and management.
  • Produce programs that benefit the SMU student community.
  • Develop a better understanding of workplace diversity, ethical management practices, and corporate social responsibility.
  • Identify different management styles.
  • Develop a greater understanding of on-campus departments and their broader roles at SMU through direction and guidance of an on-campus mentor.
  • Develop a collaborative bond with other participating interns.

Program Requirements

  • The intern must be a full-time (e.g 12 credit hours or more) student at Southern Methodist University.
  • The AID Programs requires students to have a 3.0 cumulative GPA or higher
  • Interns must submit a completed application
  • Must be in good standing with Southern Methodist University                    
  • Candidates must demonstrate strong interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills, Must also possess a strong focus on attention to detail.