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TGS Diversity & Inclusion Graduate Internship

Created: April 12, 2018

The Graduate School (TGS) announces a new Diversity and Inclusion internship position, which gives one non-STEM doctoral student the opportunity to support the TGS Office of Diversity and Inclusion. The intern will work in a paid, monthly position on significant projects; interacting with senior leadership and gaining experience in implementing a diversity and inclusion strategy in higher education.

Position Description:

TGS seeks an outstanding doctoral student to assist with diversity and inclusion programming and related special projects. The position runs from August 2018 through Aug 2019. The primary focus of the intern will be collaborating with select TGS staff, campus and external partners in the research, planning, and execution of TGS diversity, inclusion, and retention events and initiatives. 

The intern will work with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion on the specific duties highlighted below. This will be a highly collaborative position, and the intern will work in a team environment with other TGS staff and campus partners, and attend key institutional meetings. As this might sometimes entail exposure to confidential and sensitive matters, confidentiality will be a requirement for the successful working of this internship program.

This position is seven-ten hours per week and pays an $600 incremental monthly stipend during the total academic year.  During the summer, this position converts to a graduate assistantship providing a $2,683 monthly stipend plus a tuition scholarship.

Principal Duties:

  • Support the planning and execution of Northwestern’s Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP), an 8 week competitive research experience for undergraduate sophomores and juniors. Serve as an SROP Leader for a cohort of approximately 10 students from June 2019 to Aug 2019.
  • Support the planning and execution of Introduction to Graduate Education at Northwestern (IGEN), a two-day campus visit program held annually in the fall for diverse STEM+ students.  
  • Conduct competitive benchmarking research on diversity and inclusion initiatives, retention programs, partnerships, campus visit programs, and events at peer institutions.  
  • Conduct research on academic programs and student organizations at local, regional, and target schools to improve diversity recruitment pipelines.
  • Travel to select diversity recruiting events and attend institutional meetings as appropriate.  
  • Assist with other related projects of the office, as needed and as time permits. 


  • TGS doctoral student in good academic standing that has completed all qualifying exams.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills required, with the ability to work with a wide variety of personalities.
  • Strong analytical and organizational skills, and attention to detail, required. 
  • Strong research and writing skills required. 
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PPT, Excel) and social media tools required.
  • Demonstrated interest in diversity and inclusion organizations, programs, or initiatives preferred.
  • Experience in planning programs and/or events preferred.
  • Past participation in relevant student organizations at Northwestern preferred.

How to Apply:

Interested doctoral students should send a CV (highlighting relevant skills and experiences) and a 1 page cover letter describing their interest in the position, how it fits in with their career plans, and their previous experience to TGSDiversity@northwestern.edu by May 15, 2018. Select candidates will be invited to interview with TGS in June 2018. The chosen candidate must provide written confirmation from their faculty advisor confirming good academic standing and the ability to accommodate a monthly commitment to the internship.

Humanities, Professional Development, Social Sciences