SDSU Research Foundation

Pre-College Institute Work-Study Internship Coordinator

Req No.
Full-Time Contract
$19 - $23/hour
Dept/Proj Name
Pre-College Institute


This position is open until filled. 


The San Diego State University Pre-College Institute (PCI) promotes college access and completion for under-served students through excellence and innovation in education.  Pre-College Institute comprises 24 staff members which include management and support personnel. 


Under the direct supervision of the Director of the Summer Residential Programs, the Work-Study Internship Coordinator is responsible for managing the total recruitment process for the Upward Bound/HCOP Academy; for the development of a STEM work-study research internship and pre-internship initiative for low-income and/or potential first-generation college-bound high school students.


The Upward Bound/HCOP work-study Internship Coordinator uses independent analysis and judgment to develop, coordinate, and supervise complex and varied administrative tasks to provide exemplary work-study opportunities for high school students in collaboration with the campus community. The position encompasses three major areas of responsibility: Internship development and coordination, employer relations, and student/academic department relations.



Program Development 80% Academic Year

  • Develop or refine the present protocol to review adequacy of placements after each Summer.
  • Develop or refine the present timeline and track the completion of tasks needed to set up the program and implement it during the summer.
  • Develop or refine the present protocol and advising approach to work with each of the UB/HCOP students in the summer to assess their progress and to make changes in the condition of their placements weekly.
  • Develop or refine the present protocol for interviewing and assessing present UB/HCOP sophomores and juniors for their interest and appropriateness to be part of the UB/HCOP internship program.
  • Develop or refine the present communication and systems strategy to implement a six-week intensive STEM internship and pre-internship for sixty UB high school students to include:
    • Re-contact previous mentors/work-study internship site contact person(s) to re-establish program commitments for each upcoming summer.
    • Research and develop new mentors/work-study internship sites on and off the SDSU campus, related to program objectives.
    • Develop or refine the present internship agreements with each mentor/work-study internship site to include the legal, health and safety and liability requirements for placing minors in worksites both on and off the SDSU campus.
    • Maintain open communication with key personnel in the Colleges of Science, Engineering, and Health & Human Services.
    • Develop or refine the present curriculum for work-study sessions.
    • Develop or refine the present curriculum for career exploration.
  • Serve as a liaison for the UCSD HCOP Collaborative.
  • In coordination with the Director of Summer Residential Programs, develop or refine and implement the present orientation and/or training programs for students and science/health career mentors.


Program Coordination 80% Summer, 20% Academic Year

  • Manage the recruitment process.
  • Coordinate and communicate the development and the implementation of each phase of the program with the UB/HCOP supervisor and project team.
  • Select continuing students as participants.
  • Recruit potential new students for the program to maintain a viable waitlist to meet standards of double recruitment.
  • Match student participants in mentorships appropriate for their interest and skills.
  • Maintain weekly ongoing contact with mentors/participants to ensure mutual satisfaction and to meet program objectives.
  • Conduct site visits and observations and
  • As program liaison, meet regularly with the PI for Upward Bound and the Director of Summer Residential Programs to update, coordinate and assess the progress of the work-study internship component in meeting project objectives.
  • Design presentation of internship initiative for Awards Banquet and Internship Symposium and guide students in the development of their presentations.
  • Recruit, select, train, and supervise Summer A
  • Meet with work-study students at least once per week.
  • Liaise with Curriculum Coordinator for adequacy of course offerings for interns and their scheduling.
  • Assist in marketing the services and programs through developing appropriate materials as well as advertising special events.
  • Assist production of program material and informational publications.

Program Assistance 20% Summer

  • Transport students to and from mentorships sites as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Minimum Education & Experience

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in science, health science, psychology, sociology, counseling, school psychology or a related field.
  • At least four years experience in any combination of the following areas: student advising; community outreach activities, technical writing, and/or program coordination activities and/or as a teacher of STEM subjects. Participation in an equity or STEM program (e.g. Upward Bound, Upward Bound Math Science, Talent Search, McNair, HCOP, MARC, MESA, MARC, IMSD, etc).
  • Bilingual in a language spoken by our student population.
  • Experience working with diverse cultural groups.
  • Nonprofit experience.
  • Valid CA Driver’s License
  • Reliable transportation is required to travel to school site(s)


Preferred Qualifications and Special Skills

  • Advanced study in any of the above-mentioned fields.
  • General knowledge of:
    • County-wide opportunities for youth to experience STEM hands-on activities in a work-study environment.
    • Organizational principles and practices of program development and management.
    • Principles, practices and procedures of community outreach.
    • Individual and group behavior.
    • Individual counseling techniques.
    • Socio-cultural issues affecting low-income, potential first-generation college-bound students and sensitivity to their ethnic diversity.
    • Working knowledge of science research and health careers opportunities on the SDSU campus and in San Diego County.
  • Be able to:
    • Facilitate zoom meetings.
    • Analyze complex situations accurately and adopt effective courses of action; ability to advise participants individually and in groups on complex interpersonal relationships.
    • Interpret and evaluate description and explanations of problems brought forward by individuals or community organizations; analyze and define the problem, draw valid conclusions and anticipate consequences of various alternative courses of action.
    • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with staff, faculty, and community stakeholders.



San Diego State University Research Foundation is an EEO/AA/Disability/Vets Employer


A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with SDSU Research Foundation


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