On-Campus Opportunities for Undergraduates Interested in Education

Many undergraduate students have an interest in working in education – but are not sure where to get started. Education is a broad field, which can include classroom teaching, managing a program in an educational setting, employee development and training in a corporate environment – and more! There are many options for students interested in working in education, starting with potentially engaging in coursework via the Neag School of Education; but, for students seeking more hands-on experience with an education focus, here are four on-campus roles to consider:

  • First Year Experience, or FYE, Mentor – An FYE mentor will work with incoming first-year students at the University, connecting them with resources, supporting a weekly FYE course, grading and responding to student assignments, and engaging with students in their first semester on campus. It’s a great way to showcase skills in public speaking, time management, and engaging with students in a classroom setting.
  • Career Intern at the Center for Career Development – The Center for Career Development hires interns each year to support various programs; including resume critiques, practice interviews, conducting presentations, and accomplishing various campus-wide projects. These roles allow students to showcase collaboration, providing feedback to peers, and completing meaningful education-related projects.
  • Q-Center or Writing Center Staff Member – If math or writing is your strength, consider supporting your peers! Tutors generally support students on-on-one with assignments or concepts in specific courses, and come from nearly all majors and colleges at the University! Tutoring is a fantastic way to showcase skills in instruction of specific concepts, engaging students meaningfully, and strong academic engagement.
  • Peer Mentor with the Academic Achievement Center – Through this role, student mentors connect with peers who are enrolled in the  UConn Connects Program. Mentors go through training and engage in coursework; students participating in UConn Connects might benefit from additional academic-focused support. This role allows Mentors to showcase strong empathy and caring skills, the ability to connect with peers and share academic insight, and collaborate with University faculty and staff.

There are so many ways to explore working in education – right here on campus! Consider connecting with a mentor, asking professors and teaching assistants, and engaging with programs that sound interesting. After all, our campus thrives on Huskies helping and supporting fellow Huskies!

 

By Ana Clara Blesso
Ana Clara Blesso Associate Director, Career Coaching & Experiential Learning Ana Clara Blesso