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Paid Student PositionsAdministrative Assistant / Community Fellow (CF) / International Fellow (IF) / Peer Academic Leader (PAL)
Resident Advisor (RA) / Desk Assistant / Summer Conference Assistant
The International Fellow (IF) is responsible for assisting with the efforts of Housing and Residence Life and the International Programs Center to guide the transition of international students into the University community, and provide opportunities for American and International students to interact and learn more about world cultures. The IF will work closely with a team of International Fellows and Resident Advisors (RA) as an integral member of the residence hall community, and is expected to provide quality customer service. This position description outlines the major areas of responsibility.
- Get to know international students personally and develop a sense of mutual trust among students and other International Fellows.
- Maintain an open attitude toward students and be an available, approachable, and resourceful member of the residence hall support staff.
- Develop a sense of community by encouraging international students and American students to interact and encouraging consideration of and concern for others.
- Assist with efforts to make the residence hall community an inviting, comfortable, and safe environment for all students.
- Preserve and maintain a positive attitude toward all students and accept others whose lifestyles and attitudes are different.
- Serve as a listener, facilitator, and collaborator, while recognizing limits of his or her training and experience, and making appropriate referrals as necessary.
- Set a good example for residents by following all University and residence hall policies and modeling responsible and mature behavior expected of residents.
- Although an I-Fellow is not responsible for reporting judicial matters to the Resident Advisor or CRL, the I-Fellow should always set a positive example and not participate, or condone behavior that violates the policies of housing and residence life.
- Maintain an awareness of possible problem situations in the living area, including roommate conflicts, personal problems, and emergencies, and aptly communicate these to the CRL and RA staff.
- Promote an atmosphere in the residence hall conducive to studying, sleeping, and socializing.
- Assist IPC and Residence Life building staff with identifying programming needs and interests of international students in the living area. Specifically assist with the planning and implementation of Friday Fest programs.
- The International Student Association (ISA) allows one I-Fellow to serve in an advisory capacity on the ISA executive board. Although only one I-Fellow will serve in this role, all I-Fellows should support the programming efforts of the ISA.
- Develop programs and services that facilitate the understanding of American culture by non-American students, and an understanding of International cultures by American students.
- Provide opportunities for non-American students to learn about cultural and recreational opportunities in the city of Greensboro and Guilford County.
- Provide information about and assist international students in finding transportation alternatives within the city of Greensboro.
- Participate in both planned and spontaneous activities in the residence hall living area.
- Report programming activities to the IPC staff and CRL or building director.
- Encourage international students to participate in Residence Life programs and activities, and University community events.
Training and Administrative Responsibilities
- Attend IPC and HRL training opportunities as requested by the directorate staffs of IPC and HRL. This includes conflict resolution training offered by the Dean of Students Office.
- Attend Residence Life building staff meetings as requested by the CRL or building director.
- Arrive on campus possibly up to a week before students check into the halls for Fall and be prepared to remain until May commencement to assist in closing the residence hall.
- Assist IPC and HRL with check-in and checkout of international students.
- Assist IPC with New International Student Orientation
- Help maintain a safe and secure environment that is conducive to student growth and development by knowing policies and procedures for building safety, maintenance work order requests, visitation hours, noise/courtesy hour guidelines, and emergency procedures.
- Work cooperatively as part of a team of IF and RA staff members.
- Assume other responsibilities as deemed necessary by the Directorate staffs of the International Programs Center and the Office of Housing and Residence Life.
Conditions of Employment and Compensation
- Continuation of employment depends on the successful fulfillment of responsibilities and expectations, favorable evaluations by residents in the living area and supervisors, conduct that does not violate any rule, regulation, or policy of the University and/or The Office of Housing and Residence Life, and demonstration of growth and continual enthusiasm for the position.
- International Fellows must maintain a cumulative and semester GPA of 2.5 throughout employment. If the GPA falls below the minimum, the IF is subject to one semester probation and removal from the position if the GPA remains below the minimum beyond the probation period.
- International Fellows are expected to conduct themselves in accordance with University and Housing and Residence Life policies. Inconsistent behavior with these policies will constitute grounds for termination of employment. This includes participating in inappropriate behaviors with residential students, on or off campus.
- International Fellows will be assigned to a double room and will live with an International or American student. All I-Fellows will have roommates for the entire academic year.
- Compensation for International Fellows will consist of a $500 stipend per semester. The stipend will be paid each semester in two installments during the following months:
Fall: October & December Spring: March & May
- International Fellows are subject to periodic performance evaluations throughout the semester, and failure to fulfill responsibilities and expectations as set forth by the directorate staffs of Housing and Residence Life and the International Programs Center can result in probation and/or termination. If termination results form failure to comply with Federal/Sate laws, University policies, or Housing and Residence Life policies, the student forfeits the right to continue living in the International House community.
Applications are accepted early in the spring semester and final selections are made late in the spring for the following school year.