Frequently Asked Questions about the Internship Process

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How do I apply for the internship?

  • Please see the official job posting on uvu.jobs.

When can I expect an answer?

  • Applicants should hear back within 2-3 weeks after the posting's closing date for an initial interview with the chief of staff and two current presidential interns. Applicants who make it past the initial interview will then be interviewed by the president and cabinet. The president and cabinet will then contact the applicants they are interested in directly for an additional one-on-one interview.

What does the internship entail?

  • Your internship will vary depending on the cabinet member you work with. To see more, please view the "Which cabinet member would I work best with?" portion and come attend one or both of our virtual info sessions. Click HERE to register. The sessions will be held via Microsoft Teams on February 9th from 6-7 PM, and February 10th from 11 AM-Noon.

How much does the internship pay?

  • Please see the official job posting on uvu.jobs.

How time-consuming is the internship?

  • Interns are generally expected to work between 20-28 hours per week, though the time commitment may be less depending on the cabinet member you work with. Hours are recommended to be completed during regular 9-5 work hours but may occasionally require you to work some evenings or weekends.

What qualifications are the cabinet members looking for?

  • This can vary depending on the cabinet member you are interested in working for. Generally, each cabinet member wants to see excellence in writing, research, and communication skills. A strong leadership background and a history of doing well academically have proven beneficial to previous interns. For more information please see the official job posting on uvu.jobs.

Which cabinet member would I work best with?

  • That completely depends on your own talents. Here’s a brief overview of each person one could potentially intern for, what they do, and what previous interns have done with them.

President Tuminez

The university president, Astrid S. Tuminez, is the face of the university, to the campus and community. All vice presidents, the chief of staff, and the chief inclusion and diversity officer report directly to the president. As such, the president is involved in all of the major developments of the university, and it is her responsibility to oversee the progress of UVU in achieving its goals and plans.

Previous interns who have worked for President Tuminez have led or been on the team of campus-wide projects and initiatives, created courses, and conducted research that directly impacts the university. They often use their writing and research skills and are expected to think creatively and be self-starters. Interns have worked with many of the cabinet members and stakeholders in the community to advance goals of the university in direct consultation with the president. Strong leadership skills are imperative for this internship position.

 

Kara Schneck

The chief of staff, Kara Schneck, is the connection between all staff and the university president. She sits on multiple governing bodies for the university. Essentially, her job is to make the president as effective as possible by addressing many issues and projects that would otherwise need to be addressed by the president. She is also the presidential internship director. Kara also sits as the VP of Marketing and Communications, dedicated to promoting the unique educational mission of Utah Valley University.

Interns that work with the Chief of Staff are the lead intern in the internship. They oversee the organization and planning of the internship. They work with the chief of staff in creating the best experiences for the interns to achieve the internship mission. Past interns have worked on the Presidential Transition Committee, and the Student Success and Retention Committee.

 

Belinda Saltiban

The CIDO, Belinda 'Otukolo Saltiban, is the advocate and champion of inclusion and diversity initiatives throughout campus. The CIDO commonly serves as the chair or co-chair of UVU’s 35-person Inclusion Committee, which organizes, plans, and carries out the four year strategic Inclusion Plan. In addition, she is the point person on assessing and reporting how the university is doing in accomplishing its inclusion related goals.

Previous Interns have worked on a variety of projects related to inclusion. Many of them use research skills extensively in order to present the needs of underrepresented and undeserved populations to other VPs, AVPs, deans, and other administrators. Past interns have served as full members on the Inclusion Committee, drafted and presented official reports on Inclusion efforts, and helped facilitate diversity conversations and training on campus.

 

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The Vice President of Institutional Advancement is to know people who know people and convince the most influential folks in Utah to support UVU. They have their own own events division, separate from the rest of the university, because Development runs so many huge events for impressive donors.

Previous interns have helped with events, coordinated with the project managers to take over three or four large-scale projects, worked closely with the alumni and therefore the ambassador students, coordinated with the executive team to complete strategic planning, and supported the VP team, which often includes research for upcoming travel or events.

 

Linda Macon

Vice President Linda Makin oversees the strategic institutional-wide planning processes for university accreditation, the university's budgeting and allocation process, and the HR department. She also oversees the Policy Office, Title IX Office, and the Department of Institutional Research.

Previous interns have worked for Vice President Makin have worked on projects that encompass serving on institutional-wide committees, creating statistical reports in relation to university planning, institutionalizing university HR initiatives, and various other projects relating to policy, budget, Title IX and institutional research.

 

Cameron Martin

Vice President Martin is responsible for state and federal legislative affairs, economic development, community engagement, public relations, etc. He is basically in charge of the way the university is portrayed.

Previous interns have given legislative policy summaries, worked in marketing or communications (P.R.) for the university, spoken at city council meetings, and tracked legislation and city politics. It really depends on the initiative that the university is taking on.

 

Dr Wayne Vaught

Provost and Vice President Wayne Vaught is responsible for oversight of the university faculty and the development of curricula. He ensures all academic policies and procedures are being implemented throughout the university's colleges and schools.

Previous interns have worked on projects that impact college policies and extensive literature reviews for Provost Vaught.

 

Val Peterson

Vice President Val Peterson has one of the most diverse departments on campus. He oversees facilities, grounds, finance, purchasing, campus police, parking services, IT, dining, and athletics. He also has strong political and military connections.

Previous interns have reviewed various policy revisions, created strategic plans, published papers, worked on research projects, and worked closely with various departments to create visible projects that will be housed in the university. VP Peterson also fulfills the role of University Relations, which facilitates all community and government relations for the university.

 

Kyle Reyes

Vice President Kyle Reyes is responsible for overseeing and advocating for students and their success, outside of the classroom, throughout their experience here at UVU.

Previous interns have worked closely with our four departments on inclusive projects and policy revisions to insure a more inviting and engaging atmosphere in student life.

 

Clark Collings

The general counsel provides legal advice and representation to UVU’s constituent units, trustees, officers, and employees while acting on the university's behalf, and to the UVU Foundation. As such, the General Counsel is involved in all of the major developments of the university, and it is their responsibility to advise and mitigate risk through the progress of UVU’s various activities and functions.

Previous interns have worked on a variety of tasks, including: conducting legal and policy research, drafting/revising policies and compliance initiatives and information, and assisting with strategic decision-making for campus-wide projects and initiatives. Writing and research skills are imperative. The general counsel's intern is often called upon to think creatively to help reach innovative solutions.

 

Who should I approach for a letter of recommendation?

  • Applicants to the internship will need to include two letters of recommendation in their applications. Consider these points to obtain effective letters of recommendation:
    • A good letter of recommendation contains a thorough, genuine, and complete illustration of your exceptional strengths and person writing your recommendation should include details about as many experiences and completed projects as possible.

    • Good candidates to write a recommendation are faculty have worked with on a research project or thesis, or whom you have taken three or more classes from. In addition, professionals you have worked with in a business setting or internship are a great source of letters as they can speak to your skills in a professional context.

    • In addition, make sure you give your potential letter writer several weeks to write your letter. If you need the letter in a short time, be as upfront about the pending deadline and ask if they will be able to meet such a deadline. Be considerate of their time.