- All News
- Search News
- Student News
- Globalize your liberal arts education this summer in Dublin
- Intern Spotlight: Adam Seltzer
- What LSA students are saying about the ALA 325 course
- Intern Spotlight: Natalie Suh
- In-person, drop-in coaching is paused until further notice
- Our coaches are online and ready to provide virtual coaching
- April Alumni Connections
- Gain critical leadership experience as a Hub ambassador
- What can LSA students be doing right now to further their career goals?
- Virtual internships in spring and summer of 2020 are now eligible for funding
- May Virtual Alumni Connections
- Get a first look into the upcoming release of LSA’s new mentoring platform
- Why early career exploration really matters
- Alum Story: Discover how this 2009 English grad secured his first job during the housing market crash
- Alum Story: Find out how this LSA alum turned his ‘baseball’ career aspirations into a reality
- August's Employer Connections
- What’s ‘Happening’ virtually this Fall at the LSA Opportunity Hub
- Discover what LSA’s online community has been buzzing about
- RSVP for Fall's career-building workshops
- Fostering career connections from home
- A transformation from on-site and in-person to virtual and remote
- Alum Story: Hear how this LSA alum and Detroit native transformed tragedy into human achievement
- Alum Story: From schoolcraft to statecraft
- Connecting all Corners
- LSA Connect turns six months!
- Host an LSA student’s virtual internship this summer
- More than $350,000 awarded to LSA students as virtual internship support
- Are virtual internships as valuable as on-site ones? The experts weigh in with a resounding “Yes”
- 2021 Internship Forum
- Alum Story: A journey to the center of the self
- Student spotlight: Unlocking the mysteries of the human body—and demystifying the career exploration journey
- 2021 Grad School Fair
- Hub Industry Groups
- How to (net)work your way into a new career opportunity
- Graduating Hub intern shares that working at the Hub was more than just an internship experience
- More than just students: setting the Hub up for success
- In the “room” where it happens
- Applied Liberal Arts courses at the Hub
- Leveraging your LSA alum network as a recent graduate
- The road to discovery: An LSA alum looks back on how she found fulfillment in an unlikely place
- Three science alums, three very different career journeys
- Career fairs: an opportunity to explore, connect, and practice
- What is ‘career exploration’—and why does it matter?
- Three alums, three identities, three incredibly diverse career paths
- Internships: A way to trying on different careers for size
- An inside look into career coaching
- Where will your LSA degree take you?
- Waste not, want not
- 2022 LSA Internship Fair
- Making career choices with a little help from your LSA friends
- "Be your own advocate"
- 2022 Grad School Fair
- Take the pressure off
- Unlocking your next internship opportunity
- The Grad School Question
- How to Get Hired
- Navigating the unexpected
- Putting your LSA degree to work
- Networking: The key that unlocks career opportunities and mentoring support
- All Events
With a mission to help students develop their professional identities, it’s no secret that students are at the center of everything the Hub does. In fact, students are integrated into the Hub in more ways than one; our student intern staff and the Student Advisory Team (SAT) both provide critical support to the planning and execution of many Hub initiatives. Without them, the Hub would not be able to complete its mission.
First established in 2016, the Hub’s student staff program, or more commonly known as a team of Hub interns, has gone through many iterations but the core objective has remained the same these last five years: channeling student staff support into always-on career support for all LSA students (+18,000) in a hospitable, professional, and dynamic way.
“We’ve had 38 interns total throughout the years, and that’s because many of our interns stay on for years,” says Mariana Naddaf, the Assistant Director of Coaching and Outreach. As the original architect of the program, Mariana laid the groundwork that has opened a space (both figuratively and literally) for LSA students to integrate seamlessly into the Hub’s work.
Caroline McFadden, the Assistant Director of Hub Operations and current supervisor of the Hub’s student staff program, explains that this is an experience where students “walk away knowing more and being a better professional; they learn how to apply all these key concepts in a workplace and not just in an academic setting.
”These experiences have an enduring impact on our student staff, many of whom have stayed on with the Hub throughout their collegiate journey. One such intern is Antonio Gaeta, who joined the Hub in the fall of 2018 through the Sociological Opportunities for Undergraduate Leaders (SOUL) program. Three years later, Antonio has had the opportunity to helm many of his own projects, including the recent launch of LSA Connect, the college’s career networking and mentoring program.
“It was rewarding to create the programming and watch it the whole way through and hopefully be able to adjust it for the next iteration,” he says. Following graduation, Antonio will be attending the university’s School of Social Work for his MSW, and he credits his time at the Hub for “increasing my desire to study higher education in graduate school.”
For Liz Hoornstra, another graduating senior who has spent two years with the Hub, her roles as a Coaching Services and Information Services Intern have helped her cultivate new marketable skills.
“I never considered myself a creative person; however, I have been able to discover that creativity is not limited to art. I can be creative in the proposed recommendations for how to change a process, in ways I see the Hub addressing student needs, and in coming up with new resources for students.”
Founded in 2018, the Student Advisory Team (SAT) is a unique initiative that brings 30 to 35 LSA students (all applicants) to provide timely, specific, and honest feedback that helps shape the Hub’s programs, services, and communications. Like a company’s board of directors, SAT students share insights and ideas about how the Hub can effectively work with students, a process which also helps them develop professionally. Ultimately, their contributions have the power to impact the rest of the college’s 18,000-plus students.
With diverse representation across genders, race, school year, majors and more, they also double as Hub ambassadors, spreading the word about the Hub and upcoming ‘happenings’ to the rest of the student body via word-of-mouth, targeted emails, and social media content. Compared to other advisory boards on campus, a member of SAT functions as “both an ambassador for the Hub and an advisor to the Hub; usually it’s just one or the other” adds Mariana Naddaf.
Sam Kaser, a graduate student intern at the Hub, has had the privilege of coordinating SAT efforts the last two years and describes them as being “arguably our largest touchpoint on the pulse for undergraduate students, so it’s crucial to the work that we do.”
Our students, whether interns or SAT members, are the driving force behind many projects and initiatives, while also providing the necessary support that makes the Hub work. Above all, Sam emphasizes that “the Hub has created an environment and culture where you feel comfortable advocating for yourself and connecting with everyone in the organization.”