The Office of Multicultural Affairs is looking for applicants for an internship opportunity in Fall 2016.
The Students Culture Affairs Council will be a paid internship for any students looking for an encounter with different cultures across campus.
Prentice Ashford, director of OMA, said the paid internship will be a program where students will engage with OMA student officers and help with any event planning, fundraising and administrative work for the OMA office.
“We decided that instead of having traditional student workers in our office, who will usually do administrative and paper work around the office, and turn that into an internship,” said Ashford. “(It’s) a group of students whose soul mission is to engage the student body in diverse things.”
Ashford adopted the idea after hearing success stories other universities had with the same internship opportunities with its student workers.
SCAC will be the first central group for any multicultural events or forums and will manage several campus-wide series, including Cultural Awareness Week, which occurs during the fall semester.
“It’s more project-based work,” said Ashford. “They are essentially coming up with what needs to happen on campus for the semester and go about solving that problem and address that need.”
Several students are expected to apply for the internship opportunity. Daniel Vargas, sophomore accounting major from Coppell, said he is eager to work for OMA and the events it does around campus.
“OMA is awesome,”said Vargas. “They do a lot of great things that are socially relevant.”
Vargas said he decided to apply to gain experience in different cultures by combining personal and administrative work.
Although the OMA internship is open to all students, Ashford says OMA looks like it is only applicable to students of color. However, Ashford said OMA’s main mission exceeds beyond the color of the student and seeks diversity on campus.
“The Office of Multicultural Affairs is for anyone, who is interested in learning about or experiencing a different culture, or anyone who is seeking support, comfort or a sense of identity in a specific culture,”Ashford said.
Students like Vargas see the value in living as a minority within a majority region.
“I’m Hispanic, but I deal with white culture because I live in Texas and ACU, especially,” said Vargas. “But, I am excited about being part of different cultures and I think that’s very valuable.”
Ashford said OMA is trying to engage students who want to reach a point of diversity among the student body.
“That’s why the SCAC was created-to constantly engage, whether that’s social media, out on campus whatever it is to have constant engagement with the office and see what that looks like since we never really had that,” Ashford said.
Ashford hopes to hire hard working individuals by the end of this semester. Applications are still open.