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Summer Session Student Assistant Recruitment Process: 

2021 Application period from November 9 through December 31, 2020.

Every winter, Summer Session begins the process of hiring Student Assistants. Student Assistants play a vital role in our office all year, from answering inquiries via phone, email and Zoom, to assisting staff with organizational and investigative tasks. The goal of the Summer Session Student Assistants is to be knowledgeable in all things Summer, to ease the access of information from Summer Session to our campus and community and to assist in projects for the office. Students who apply must be available for the summer and submit a cover letter (to urendon@ucsc.edu) with the following prompt: 

Introduce yourself and tell us what strengths you would bring to the Summer Session Office and how you would contribute to our team. Describe a time when you positively contributed to a team that shows you learn new skills quickly. Write about yourself with your personality! 

Submissions without a cover letter will not be reviewed. Student Assistants are needed ALL summer (20-40 hours per week, flexible for classes, etc.) and only applicants who can work throughout the summer will be considered for the fall/winter/spring job. In the case of campus closures or office restrictions, students need to be able to work remotely and have access to a computer, mic/audio for zoom, and internet connection.

We hope you will consider applying for a position on our team!

Job Description 

Please be sure that you are aware of the minimum qualifications and what the position entails before you apply. 

Successful candidates who will become the 2021 Summer Session Student Assistants must:

  • Have excellent interpersonal skills - polite, tactful, warm, patient. Communication (written and verbal) is thorough and accurate. Enjoy customer service.
  • Have strong computer skills - research, excel, calendaring, editing/review of written work, documents, newsletters. (Some training available but should be familiar with these programs.)
  • Be highly organized, have terrific time management with the ability to prioritize and keep our office organized and add to existing and new processes to increase efficiency and save resources.
  • Be independent with a team-work orientation -we are a very small team (5 staff, 4 students, small office space) so collaborative work style, self-direction and adaptability is a must.

Additional Requirements:

  • Please submit a cover letter introducing yourself and what strengths you would bring to the Summer Session Office, how you would contribute to our team. Describe a time when you positively contributed to a team that shows you learn new skills quickly. Write about yourself with your personality! Submissions without a cover letter will not be reviewed.
  • Student Assistants are needed ALL summer (20-40 hours per week, flexible for classes, etc.). Only applicants who can work in summer will be considered for the fall/winter/spring job. In the case of campus closures or office restrictions, students need to be able to work remotely as long as they have access to a computer, mic/audio for zoom, and internet connection.

Don't Forget!

  • November 9 - Application period opens
  • December 31 (11:59 p.m.) - Application period closes at 11:59pm
    • Complete the UCSC “ER System” Career Center Application for the position: 15924
    • Submit your cover letter (submissions without a cover letter will not be reviewed) to urendon@ucsc.edu 

Questions? Contact the Summer Operations Coordinator:

Ursula Nayeli Rendon: urendon@ucsc.edu

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Summer Programs Peer Mentor Recruitment: 

2021 Application period from December 1, 2020 through January 31, 2021.

Thank you for your interest in applying to be a Summer Programs Peer Mentor! We annually recruit Peer Mentors to train during the spring quarter and serve in their position during the Summer Session. 

The goal of the Summer Session Peer Mentors are to serve as role models and resources to incoming new students and a cohort of high school students interested in advancing their academic careers by taking classes during the summer. Peer Mentors support the transition to academic and campus life at UCSC by sharing their campus knowledge and experience as current students with the goal of assisting mentees in successfully navigating academics and campus life. 

Peer Mentors communicate with program participants regularly and are the initial go-to when students can use academic, emotional and transitional support. A successful Peer Mentor is an organized leader with strong event planning and communication skills who sets the tone in creating inclusive, brave, and fun learning environments for new students. Accountability, motivation and creativity are essential to this role. Peer Mentors plan and organize weekly extracurricular and co-curricular virtual activities and events. They take the lead on coordinating workshops, promoting resources and are responsible for leading and managing many aspects of the virtual student experience for our summer programs.

We hope you will consider applying for a position on our team!

Job Description 

Please be sure that you are aware of the minimum qualifications and what the position entails before you apply. Starting in January, you can join our Virtual Information Sessions to learn more about being a Summer Programs Peer Mentor, or contact us anytime if you have questions. 

*Please note: you must have access to a computer with a camera, microphone and internet connection sufficient for a remote position.

Position Qualifications

To qualify for a Peer Mentor position, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Have successfully completed the Summer Edge or High School Summer University program in prior years

OR

  • Have previous experience as an Edge or High School Summer University Peer Mentor

AND

  • Be in good academic standing during the application process and throughout employment (minimum 2.5 GPA Quarterly & Cumulative)

AND

  • Must be in good student conduct standing (good student conduct standing is defined as anything below probation, and after submitting an application, candidates must not be found responsible for any campus policy violation)

AND

  • Demonstrate a commitment to upholding the university’s Principles of Community as well as the Summer Session Four Pillars (see below)

Summer Session Four Pillars:

Academic Success and Life Skills
  • Developing intentional spaces where students can learn academic, communication, and transferable skills that can be used to achieve academic goals
  • Creating opportunities for students to develop strong interpersonal and communication skills that will aid students in their professional and personal endeavors beyond their college experience.
Community Engagement
  • Fostering spaces where students can participate in, develop a personal responsibility for, or learn more about how to become more involved in their communities, including: residence halls, college, UC Santa Cruz, town of Santa Cruz, the nation, and the world.
Identity, Self Exploration, and Personal Well-Being
  • Providing space and opportunities for students to reflect on their own values, interests, goals, and future
  • Fostering spaces where students can learn more about, celebrate, and honor their own identities and the identities of others in their community
Principles of Community
  • Creating safe, brave spaces where students are supported in their learning about the UC Santa Cruz Principles of Community, including their purpose and value to fostering a supportive, inclusive, and equitable campus community

Successful candidates who will become the 2021 Summer Programs Peer Mentors must:

  • Attend each session of the Peer Mentor Spring Training (normally on Fridays from 9 a.m- 12 noon during spring quarter)
  • Maintain communication with the Summer Programs Coordinator and look for any emails regarding hiring/onboarding tasks such as fingerprinting and accounts setup
  • Complete the required Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Training either before spring quarter or during training (if offered). Hired candidates who already have MHFA certificates valid through September 2021 are exempt. 
  • Be available a minimum of 20 hours per week including a required weekly plenary meeting to be scheduled in advance.

Selection Timeline

  • December 1 - Applications open
  • January 11 - Optional Information Sessions
    • 11:30 am-1:00 pm 
    • 2:00 - 3:30 pm 
  • January 12 - Optional Information Session
    • 12:00 - 1:30 pm 
  • January 15 - Optional Information Session - 
    • 9:30- 11:00 am 
  • January 31 (11:59 p.m.) - Application deadline.
    • Complete the UCSC “ER System” Career Center Application:
      • Remote Summer Programs Peer Mentor - ER 15930
    • Additional Requirements (links to forms in ER application).
      • Supplemental Application Form.
      • Have TWO (2) references submit their Reference Form. Appropriate references are individuals who know you well and can address your qualifications for the job (e.g., work or volunteer supervisors, employers, coaches or instructors). Relatives, roommates, or friends are not considered appropriate references.
    • Submit a PDF of your resume to: losborne@ucsc.edu
  • February 9 - 26 - Interviews. Applicants selected will be notified of their interview time slot via email (UCSC email account) on or before February 5, 2021.   
  • March 8 - Offer letters distributed by 5 p.m. 
  • March 11 - Deadline to accept the job offer

Questions? Contact the Summer Programs Coordinator

Lindsay Osborne: losborne@ucsc.edu

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