The Fellows Program through Illinois Institute of Technology’s Office of Student Access, Success, and Diversity Initiatives (SASDI) provides a unique opportunity to be part of something exciting and meaningful within higher education – to work on projects of consequence and to interact with the leadership at the university. Fellows can volunteer, work, and/or do research with SASDI to gain additional professional experience, to learn different perspectives and approaches, and to expand professional networks. In every case, our Fellows are integrated into real SASDI projects, processes, and teams, offering a unique opportunity to build expertise and make a tangible difference within the university.
Areas of focus
While individuals can be SASDI Fellows, bridging more than one area of focus, they can also specialize and serve specifically as Career Services Fellows, for example. The areas of focus currently include: Career Services, Student Employment, Global Leaders Program, and University Ideas Incubator. They can focus on any number of professional competencies, such as systems, career development, talent and acquisition development, leadership effectiveness, process design, change management, and data analytics.
We welcome professionals from the U.S. and abroad who represent a diverse array of backgrounds, perspectives, and levels of experience. The Fellows Program can be customized to meet the full range of experience, being open to: junior professionals, graduate students, seasoned professionals, and individuals who are looking to learn and grow outside of their traditional experience – all who aspire to gain new and significant experience along the way. A small selection of especially experienced professionals may be invited to be Senior Fellows. We also welcome students and scholars to study and comment on the processes introduced to them and to prepare papers for academic journals or conferences.
The time commitment is flexible, depending on the availability of the Fellow and on the needs of the project. The time commitment could be anywhere from five hours a week to full time, from a minimum of two months to a maximum of twelve. Fellowships may start and end as required by the project; dates are not necessarily bound to the academic or calendar year.
While most fellowships at this time are unpaid, participants will benefit in other ways. Each Fellow is assigned a Mentor, according to their areas of interest, their professional background, and their projects. They will meet regularly to determine and track professional development goals, to gauge and support growth, and to ensure that Fellows are getting the most out of their experiences. Fellows receive a personalized iit.edu email address, are invited to all appropriate SASDI and university functions, and can receive complimentary career coaching.
All Fellows must have a bachelor’s degree, speak English at a professional level, pass a background check, and have a fundamental commitment to the SASDI Mission and Vision (http://blogs.iit.edu/sasdi/about). Fellows must be able to transport themselves to the Mies (Main) Campus of Illinois Tech (10 W. 35th Street, Chicago, Illinois, USA), which is where the majority, if not all, of the fellowship would take place, unless otherwise negotiated. Additionally, Fellows must be able to work on diverse teams, to take initiative, and to maintain an open mind.
Sample position description
The Career Services Fellow (CSF) will work to improve placement of and career services for graduate and undergraduate students and assess, propose, and develop implementation plans for technology, tools, policies, and procedures in Career Services and Student Employment. The CSF will actively work with and develop strategies for current students and alumni to help them obtain employment offers by commencement; assist Illinois Tech alumni in career planning and job placement, and advise undergraduate students in their graduate school plans and career path. The CSF will also work as a consultant in the office of Student Employment on trainings and programming related to quality of work, on-the-job training for students, professional development, standards of performance, performance evaluation, and more.
The number of Fellows that SASDI has at any given time will vary, depending on the type and depth of projects, the availability of SASDI staff to dedicate an appropriate amount of time to mentorship and project support, the availability of space and technology resources, among other factors. Historically, we have had about three Fellows any given semester. For that reason, it is best for those who are interested to contact Megan Mozina, Director of Strategic Alignment, at firstname.lastname@example.org. In the email include your résumé and a brief description of your area(s) of interest, as well as “Interest in SASDI Fellowship” in the subject line. Once we have some basic information about your areas of interest and background and think you might be a good “co-creative” fit, we will share with you a brief Project Proposal Template where the details of the project can be outlined. This is a rolling process with no particular deadline, so we encourage interested individuals to reach out to us at any time of the year.
Questions? Contact Megan Mozina, Director of Strategic Alignment, at email@example.com.