Graduate Student Receives Prestigious Internship

An Eastern Kentucky University graduate student has been selected to take part in the National Orientation Directors Association Graduate Internship Program.

Lauren Childs of West Chester, Ohio, will serve as a NODA Conference (NODAC) intern for the 2012 national conference, to be held Oct. 25-30 in Las Vegas.

Her duties will include assisting with the overall planning and preparation for NODAC 2012, evaluating and selecting program proposals for presentation at the conference with conference program chairs, As a NODAC intern, Childs will serve as a representative of the 2012 national conference, supporting on-site logistics such as participant registration, room assignments and audio/visual equipment setup. She will also be tasked with creating, distributing, and supporting ongoing communication to attendees during the conference.

Childs, who received a bachelor’s degree in general studies from EKU in May 2011, began pursuing a master’s degree in student personnel and higher education at the University that fall.

The NODA Internship Program matches orientation, transition and retention professionals and host institutions with energetic, dedicated graduates looking to expand their orientation experience and connections.

NODA internships are designed to:

·         Facilitate the matching of motivated, quality students with challenging, exciting orientation positions at NODA member institutions across the U.S. and Canada.

·         Encourage the renewal of the profession by creating employment opportunities for students interested in gaining orientation, transition, and retention experience. 

Interns gain valuable insight into varied methods of planning and implementing orientation, transition and retention programs and have the opportunity to be involved in many different aspects of orientation, to expand their knowledge base and understanding of the diversity in programs, to develop an extensive support and mentor base, and to experience a variety of related areas.

Published on February 08, 2012