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Presidential Intern - Frequently Asked Questions 

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How do I apply for the Internship?

  • Please see the official job posting on

When can I expect an answer?

  • Applicants should hear back by March 9th 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 vice presidents on March 26th. The President and vice presidents will then contact applicants they are interested in directly for an additional one-on-one interview.

What does the internship entail?

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How much does the internship pay?

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How time-consuming is the internship

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What are the qualifications the VPs are looking for?

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Which senior administrator 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.

The university president is the face of the university, both to the campus and to the community. All of the members of the 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 his responsibility to oversee the progress of UVU in achieving its goals and plans.

Though the new president may have different projects and expectations for interns, interns who have worked with President Holland have created data books, done literature reviews for a variety of topics (including political philosophy), prepared speech documents, collaborated with the Chief of Staff, corresponded with university executives, created policy initiatives, and helped with the creation of presentations.

Chief of Staff Jones is the connection between all staff and the university president. He sits on multiple governing bodies for the university. Essentially, his job is to make the president as effective as possible by addressing any issues or projects that he can that would otherwise need to be addressed by the president. He is also the Presidential Internship Director.

Interns that work with Justin are the lead intern in the internship. They oversee the organization and planning of the internship. They work with Justin 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.

The new Chief Inclusion and Diversity Officer (CIDO) is currently being hired. The CIDO is a full-time position that is designed to advocate and champion 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, the CIDO is the point person on assessing and reporting how the university is doing in accomplishing its inclusion related goals.

Interns for the past CIDO worked on a variety of projects related to inclusion. Many of them use a great deal of research skills in order to present the needs of underrepresented and underserved 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.

Vice President Cooksey is the king of connections. His job is to know people who know people and convince the most influential folks in Utah to support UVU. If you see new facilities being opened or big events taking place, Vice President Cooksey and his team are most likely behind it. He even has his 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.

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

Previous interns who 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.  

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, have 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.

Vice President Olson is responsible for oversight of the university faculty and the development of curricula. He ensures all academic policies and procedures are being implemented and carried out throughout the university colleges.

Previous interns who have worked for Vice President Olson have worked on projects that impact college policies and extensive literature reviews for Dr. Olson.

Vice President 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 who have worked for Vice President Peterson have reviewed various policy revisions, created strategic plans, published papers, and worked on research projects, as well as worked closely with V.P. Peterson’s departments to create visible projects that will be housed in the university.

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 of the Vice President of student affairs have worked closely with our four departments on inclusive projects and policy revisions to insure a more inviting and engaging atmosphere in student life.

Who should I approach for a letter of recommendation?

  • Applicants to the internship will need to include two Letters of Recommendation (LR) in their applications. Here is some advice on getting good LRs.
    • A good letter of recommendation contains a thorough, genuine, and complete illustration of your exceptional strengths and character. A letter should contain as many completed projects, experiences, and details about what you have accomplished with your letter writer as possible.

    • Good candidates to ask for a letter are faculty members you have worked with on research projects or thesis or whom you have taken three or more classes from. In addition, professionals whom you have worked with you in a business setting and/or in an 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 in advance to write your letter. If the letter is for something with a timely deadline, be as upfront about the pending deadline and ask if they would be able to meet such a deadline. Be courteous of their time.