Undergraduate Community-Based Internships (UCBI) Mentor and Liaisons

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Community Engagement & Leadership Education (CELE) Center
University of Washington Career & Internship Center 

UCBI Mentor & Liaison

Undergraduate Community-Based Internships (UCBI), a CELE Center program, seeks to hire three students as mentors and liaisons to facilitate community-based internships for undergraduate students in nonprofit organizations in the greater Seattle area. 

Program Description: Through a partnership between the UW Career & Internship Center and the CELE Center, our paid internship program connects undergraduates with public sector and nonprofit organizations. Students interested in public sector careers get the chance to explore, contribute, and grow personally and professionally as they work in, with, and for local communities. The critical mass of these undergraduate internships take place in Southeast Seattle, South King County and the University District. 

This experiential learning opportunity provides students with community-based work experience, near-peer mentorship, professional and personal development opportunities, and cohort discussions around identity, power, privilege, and oppression. 

Hours: 12-15 hours per week during academic quarters (Autumn, Winter, and Spring). Position begins on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 and ends on Wednesday, June 15, 2022.

Compensation: $19 per hour 

Position Description: The CELE Center works with a team of graduate and/or advanced undergraduate students in the ongoing development and implementation of our paid internship program. The UCBI Mentor & Liaison role provides a unique opportunity to learn about program administration, community-campus partnerships, facilitating student learning around equity issues, and linking experiential opportunities to career readiness.


UCBI Mentor & Liaisons (often referred to as “ UCBI Mentors”) receive training and support from CELE staff before and throughout the academic year. Mentors engage in weekly team meetings and biweekly one-on-one supervision meetings in which they receive ongoing support and individualized feedback from the UCBI Program Manager and other mentors on their team.  

Learning Goals: UCBI Mentors aim to support students in their personal and professional development as they engage in working relationships with community-based organizations (CBOs). Mentors aim to expand the capacity of CBOs by co-supervising undergraduate interns. 


Learning Objectives:

    • Professional development — Mentors will develop leadership and communication skills by cultivating relationships with community partners and collaboratively supervising and mentoring undergraduate interns. 
  • Student learning, support, and engagement — Mentors will engage and support undergraduate students using an equity lens from the intern recruitment phase through program implementation. Mentors will gain hands-on experience in co-curricular content development and facilitation around critical issues including identity, power, privilege, oppression, and anti-racism.
  • Program evaluation and assessment — Mentors will solicit and analyze feedback from interns and community partners throughout all phases of the program. They will use formative and summative assessments to evaluate and improve paid internship practices through the CELE Center. 

Under the guidance of CELE Center staff, UCBI Mentors will engage in the following activities: 

Mentor undergraduate interns

  • Assist with outreach, recruitment, information sessions, applications, and selection processes for internship candidates
  • Coordinate an orientation for selected interns
  • Work with undergraduate interns to develop personal and professional development plans as they relate to their internship goals
  • Meet with students individually and in small groups to provide opportunities for reflection and coaching in relation to their personal and professional goals
  • Coordinate and facilitate weekly cohort meetings to foster personal and professional development opportunities for interns
  • Develop and deliver content around equity, asset-based community development, and anti-oppression strategies
  • Implement collaborative performance and program evaluation processes

Foster strong community-campus partnerships

  • Assist with recruitment, interviews, and placement of interns into host organizations
  • Coordinate an orientation for accepted host organizations 
  • Perform site visits during each quarter to meet with site supervisors
  • Maintain communication with organizations throughout the duration of the internship



The ideal UCBI mentor candidate is…

  • A graduate student with work and/or lived experience with community-based organizations, BIPOC communities, or social justice movements 
    • Undergraduate students in their third or fourth year are welcome to apply. To be competitive in the selection process, undergraduate applicants should have at least three years of work experience with community-based organizations, BIPOC communities, or social justice movements 
  • Familiar with principles in undergraduate student learning, asset-based community development, anti-oppression, and anti-racism
  • Able to communicate effectively verbally and in writing, individually and in group settings
  • Able to work collaboratively with other student staff members and CELE staff
  • Organized and detail-oriented
  • Self-motivated to solve issues as they arise
  • Creative, innovative, and able to think outside the box
  • Committed to creating equitable community-campus partnerships
  • Adept in interpersonal skills across a wide range of campus and community stakeholders 


To apply please submit the following: 

  • A current resume including the names and contact information for two references. 
  • A cover letter that includes: 
    • why you are applying for this position 
    • articulating your interests in mentoring undergraduate interns, working with underrepresented communities, and developing community-campus partnerships; and 
    • a description of two to three things you seek to learn from this opportunity. 
  • Applicants selected for an interview will be notified on Friday, September 10. Interviews will take place via Zoom on Tuesday and Wednesday, September 14 and 15. 

Those selected for this year-long mentor/liaison role should plan to attend orientation on Wednesday, September 22, 10:00AM-2:00PM. Onboarding will continue on Thursday and Friday, September 23 and 24 (specific times TBD).

Questions can be directed to Katie Wallace at kwallac1@uw.edu.