SUNY Brockport Cabinet Internship

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The Cabinet Internship Program is designed for highly motivated undergraduate students who are interested in working closely with a member of the SUNY Brockport leadership team. Participants will strengthen leadership and project management skills, and will apply undergraduate experiences to help achieve college goals.

Each intern must be willing to sign a confidentiality form, and may receive one to three academic credit hours, if desired.

Application Submission

General Learning Outcomes

As a result of this internship, students will be able to:

  • Construct a deeper understanding of their own leadership style and self-efficacy
  • Demonstrate a deeper understanding of various types of leadership and their situational use by faculty, staff, and students on campus
  • Through self-reflection, enhance their own knowledge of executive leadership in higher education and its relationship to the student experience on campus
  • Actively contribute to the achievement of a group goal
  • Develop and maintain interpersonal relationships that support and clarify personal values, goals, and interests
  •  Other outcomes to be determined in consultation between the cabinet member and the intern

Cabinet Members and Additional Learning Outcomes

Spring 2021 Internship Opportunities

President Heidi Macpherson

Serves as the Chief Executive Officer, and is responsible for the executive and administrative duties in connection with the operation of the College.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Executive Leadership in Higher Education: Critically reflect on their experiences to enhance knowledge of executive leadership in higher education
  • Social Responsibility: Role model social responsibility at all times, but especially when representing the college/university, and making unpopular decisions because they are the “right” thing to do. On and off campus behaviors should match the values of the organization and institution leaders represent.
  • Effective Communication: Exhibit effective communication to ensure organizational achievement of goals.
Dr. Lorraine Acker, Interim Chief Diversity Officer:

Provides strategic and programmatic leadership for diversity and inclusion initiatives that advance diversity as a critical component of social, academic and intellectual life at the College.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Multicultural Competency: Develop multicultural competency through celebration of diverse cultures, advocacy for the needs and identifies of all members within the community, recognition of the diverse communities within the campus community and beyond, education and awareness of the concerns of those diverse communities, and support of the ongoing inclusion, understanding and dignity of all members within and beyond the campus community.
  • Collaboration: Actively contribute to the achievement of a group goal, and seek feedback from others and exhibit growth in in skills as a result of working collaboratively.
  • Effective Communication: Exhibit effective communication to ensure organizational achievement of goals.
  • Meaningful Interpersonal Relationships: Establish meaningful interpersonal relationships which are critical for successful leadership in campus activities, and rely on committee volunteers to carry out the essential tasks related to providing programs and services.
Dr. Katy Heyning, Provost and VP for Academic Affairs:

Serves as the chief academic officer, and oversees development, implementation, and assessment of academic programs and policies.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Academics: Be able to articulate how academic program requirements are determined, structured, and assessed on campus
  • Leadership and Management: Demonstrate a deeper understanding of various types of leadership and their situational use by faculty, staff and students on campus.
  • Executive Leadership in Higher Education: Through self-reflection, enhance one’s own knowledge of executive leadership in higher education and its relationship to the student experience on campus.
Dr. Katy Wilson, VP for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs:

Responsible for recruitment of students, along with an array of essential student services, engagement opportunities, and student programs, to include residential life and athletics.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Social Responsibility: Role model social responsibility at all times, but especially when representing the college/university, and making unpopular decisions because they are the “right” thing to do. On and off campus behaviors should match the values of the organization and institution leaders represent.
  • Multicultural Competency: Develop multicultural competency through celebration of diverse cultures, advocacy for the needs and identifies of all members within the community, recognition of the diverse communities within the campus community and beyond, education and awareness of the concerns of those diverse communities, and support of the ongoing inclusion, understanding and dignity of all members within and beyond the campus community.
Mr. Jim Wall, VP for Administration and Finance:

Serves as the College’s business officer and manages finance and accounting, along with human resources, the College’s physical plant, BASC, and information technology.

Learning Outcome:
  • Organizational Management: Examine the administrative systems and approaches to organizational management at the College
Mr. Mike Andriatch, VP for Advancement:

Provides creative and strategic leadership for the College’s fundraising efforts, and serves as the chief fundraising officer, and the President, for the Brockport Foundation.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Effective Communication: Exhibit effective communication to ensure organizational achievement of goals.
  • Meaningful Interpersonal Relationships: Establish meaningful interpersonal relationships which are critical for successful leadership in campus activities, and rely on committee volunteers to carry out the essential tasks related to providing programs and services.
  • Event Management: Strive toward understanding the appropriate steps and issues involved in event planning and management.
  • Multicultural Competency: Develop multicultural competency through celebration of diverse cultures, advocacy for the needs and identifies of all members within the community, recognition o the diverse communities within the campus community and beyond, education and awareness of the concerns of those diverse communities, and support of the ongoing inclusion, understanding and dignity of all members within and beyond the campus community.

Program Components and Qualifications

Program Components

  • Formal mentoring relationship with the Cabinet member
  • Presence at various administrative gatherings
  • Research topics that contribute to the success of the college’s strategic plan: Building a Better Brockport
  • Work with the assistant to the president/VP to establish a customized work plan

Required Qualifications

  • Current undergraduate student at SUNY Brockport, preferably with junior or senior status during internship
  • Must be willing to enroll in and/or have completed the Green Leadership Program prior to the start of the Internship
  • GPA of 2.75 or higher
  • Be in good standing with Student Conduct
  • Ability to work a minimum of 10 hours per week during the semester
  • Intermediate knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite

Preferred Qualifications

  • Expressed interest in higher education leadership

Application Process

  • Applicants must submit the following:
    • Cover letter, noting the particular cabinet member(s) with whom you’d like to work and why
    • Current resume
    • Name and contact information for three professional/academic references, at least two from the college
    • Writing Sample of no more than 300 words providing a personal reflection on the experience of studying remotely in Spring 2020 and what you have learned as a result.

Application Submission

Deadline for Fall Internship Applications by: Thursday, September 10, 2020

Deadline for Spring Internship Applications: Application process will Open October 1, 2020, with final deadline for submissions by: Thursday, January 14, 2021

Last Updated 10/27/20

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