Intern Responsibilities

IBC interns engage in a variety of residential life, organizational, and leadership roles that test and grow their skills and their perceptions of themselves and others. It is a job that requires flexibility and drive. Ideal interns immerse themselves in the IBC / Summer Program community, seek real opportunities to shape the program, and are eager to support the students. Therefore, interns spend most of their time involved in program activities with students and colleagues, on campus and in New York City.

As a Resident Adviser

  1. Serve as live-in resident adviser to a group of about ten students—watch for their safety, comfort, and strict adherence to the Summer Program Behavioral Standards Agreement. Work to ensure that everyone feels included in the community and is enjoying the program.

  2. Serve as resident adviser to the entire Residential Program—about 700 students per session; keep an eye on general safety, comfort, inclusiveness, and adherence to behavioral standards.

  3. Lead cultural excursions to destinations in and around New York in the evening and on weekends, such as theater, films, Central Park, concerts, sightseeing, interesting neighborhoods and restaurants, museums, galleries, tours, zoos, the beach, hiking, etc. The program funds intern expenses for approved trips. If offered an interview, applicants should have some idea of what activities they would like to organize.

As a Program Assistant

Interns have two or more of the following duties throughout the summer. Applicants who are offered an interview, should be prepared to talk about which roles most appeal to them and why.

  1. Generate publicity and program-related media. Our web-savvy interns maintain the program activities website, social media and a blog, and we run an extensive communications campaign to keep the students aware of events and resources. Our media and communications teams also generate digital content about the program, manage our IBC training information and knowledge sharing database, and help gather and present information on student needs. Working on these teams is a great way to gain experience in communications, marketing, or online media.

  2. Staff the Summer Program Offices. Interns staff two offices: the main Summer Program office and a Program Activities office. While helping coordinate the day-to-day functioning of the program, they can improve their communication skills and learn about the world of student affairs, academic affairs, program coordination and higher education administration.

  3. Provide instructional support to the academic side of the program. A solid introduction to the behind-the-scenes logistics of running an academic program that will challenge and grow organizational and communication skills.

  4. Be a Course Helper for a Summer Program class. Being a course helper can involve anything from organizing and helping with classroom activities, providing technical and administrative support,  advising students about on-campus resources, or helping to organize and run class trips, depending on the needs of particular instructors. Please find descriptions of the classes on the HSP website. Applicants should express interest in being a course helper only if they are genuinely interested in a particular class. Only about twenty of our classes will actually require helpers, so hired interns should not expect that they will necessarily get a spot.

  5. Run a Community Outreach program. Each summer the program has daily community outreach projects organized by interns and implemented by Summer Program students. These include park clean-ups, tutoring at Head Start, helping out at soup kitchens, teaching computer skills to the elderly, and food and clothing drives. Interns also run awareness-building programming that corresponds to the community outreach mission. Interns learn about work in community affairs and social work while gaining communication, leadership and organizational skills.

  6. Organize social and special interest activities open to the entire Summer Program during the 2-hour midday break between the morning and afternoon classes and in the early evenings, such as organized sports; affinity clubs (e.g., PoC and LGBTQ+ groups); activity clubs (like Improv Games), seminars and panels on college life and wellness. Interns are free to suggest ideas for new activities. This work is a great way for interns to interact with students and share their interests with others, while honing organizational and leadership skills.

  7. Organize academically-oriented co-curricular activities. Our Academic Skills Center offers students an array of academic skills and college prep seminars and tutoring which our interns design and execute. Interns on this team build their presentation skills through intellectual and academic engagement with students.

  8. Plan large-scale, on-campus events. Residential programming features a variety of events like art shows, carnivals, dances, field games, and film series that attract dozens to hundreds of students. A great job for those interested in event planning and developing their team-building skills.