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New OSA Internships Focus on Leadership and Personal Development

Byline: Laura B. Hans

Posted: March 3, 2011

This fall the Office of Student Activities (OSA), lead by the Assistant Dean of Students, Jared Halter, established three new internship positions. Becky Harrison '12 holds the Programming and Marketing Intern position, Alaina Hofer '11 holds the Orientation and Marketing Intern position and Amanda Day '12 holds the Leadership Development Intern position. Halter says, "These internships were founded because movement isn't easy to find on campus. These internships generate that and help build within."

Advancing the Student Voice on Campus

The three students who applied and were selected now have a bigger voice on campus.

Although they are advised by halter, he says, "The students do a vast majority of the work." The intern's responsibilities include program and event planning, marketing, event promotion and designing as well as implementing leadership and orientation workshops. Their general duties include keeping office hours, attending weekly team meetings, and serving as a liaison between OSA and Wilson students, faculty and staff.

OSA Internships

The interns also attend professional development trainings. These internships are appointed on a yearly basis.

"These internships open up possibilities on campus. I love this program and what it stands for. It's different and unique and no one else is focusing on what we are. These students are growing in ways so they can go out and be successful. They are accomplishing things at a younger age and providing the opportunity to do things other students are not yet exposed to. They are doing things to make a difference," says Halter.

Harrison, Hofer and Day generated a great deal of excitement while advancing co-curricular life. For example, last week OSA kicked off their Leadership Challenge event. This event is a series of eight workshops tailored to help increase leadership skills. Future Leadership Challenge events will occur on Tuesdays at the Harry R. Brooks Complex for Science, Mathematics and Technology auditorium.

The Leadership Challenge

This lecture series is based on James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner's book The Leadership Challenge. As described in their newsletter, OSA is "committed to student learning, personal development and enhancing campus life through expanding the student educational and social experience."

For more information concerning the internships or OSA's events like the Leadership Challenge, Bingo Bonanza, or S.L.A.M talk with Amanda Day, Becky Harrison or Alaina Hofer at one of their lunch tables or contact Jared Halter at jared.halter@wilson.edu. You can also "like" them on Facebook or read their current newsletter, which is available on the Wilson College website.

Last Updated: March 5, 2012

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