Immersion Experience Program

Student Coordinator Application Information

PRE-REQUISTES:    

  • Participation in an immersion experience
  • Understanding and commitment to the values of a JCU immersion experience (Education, Service, Social Justice, Community, and Spirituality)
  • Demonstrated ability to work with other students, faculty/staff leaders, and the administrator of the Immersion Experience Program
  • Outgoing personality and ability to foster community within a group of diverse individuals
  • Cumulative GPA of at least 2.5
  • Be in good standing with the University
  • PLEASE NOTE: We do not allow seniors to lead or participate in May immersions after graduation.


STUDENT COORDINATOR EXPECTATIONS:

Immersion Experience Student Coordinators serve as a liaison between the student participants of an immersion experience, the faculty/staff leaders, and the Coordinator of Immersions. The Student Coordinator position is a serious commitment; if offered, this position must be one of your top priorities. Please carefully consider your other commitments before submitting your application.

Prior to the Trip

Community Development
The student coordinator works in collaboration with the faculty/staff leaders and administrating office to develop a sense of community within the group. Coordinators will work with the faculty/staff leaders to encourage attendance at Thursday night meetings as well as plan and facilitate additional meetings with their groups. Student coordinators work to ensure that by the time a group departs for their destination, the participants know each other and have become comfortable with group reflection and talking with each other about the issues and themes of the experience.

Educational Development
The student coordinator works in collaboration with the administrating office, faculty/staff leaders, and partner organization to aid students in developing an understanding of the social, political, economic issues, as well as other aspects of the location they will be visiting. This educational development will be guided by the theme or focus of the experience.

Logistics and Fundraising
The student coordinator works with the administrating office to ensure that students are meeting the necessary logistical and funding requirements for the experience. Student coordinators meet on a regular basis with the administrating office to keep the connection between the group and the office strong.

During the Trip

Student coordinators will demonstrate the values of an immersion experience through engaged and appropriate behavior, assist the faculty/staff leader(s) in assessing the needs and concerns of the group members, continue to foster a sense of community within the group, work in collaboration with faculty/staff leaders to facilitate reflection throughout the experience, and serve as a liaison between the group members and the faculty/staff leader(s) should any concerns arise during the experience.

Immersion Conduct Guidelines
Student Coordinators will model appropriate behavior for an immersion experience participant in the following areas:

  • Adhere to policies of the John Carroll University Community Standards Manual
  • Refrain from the consumption or purchase of alcohol during an immersion experience (INCLUDING students over the age of 21 or legal drinking age in respective country)
  • Refrain from exclusive relationships during the immersion
  • Refrain from the use of electronics (ie. iPods, iPads, cell phones, etc.) during the trip (NOTE: there may be times where a student coordinator needs to use a cell phone for activities related to the immersion group – this is obviously appropriate)
  • Demonstrate appropriate and respectful use of digital cameras, video cameras, and other recording devices during the trip


After the Trip

In cooperation with their faculty/staff leaders, Student Coordinators will:

  • Engage their group members through follow-up meetings and activities related to the experience.
  • Develop a post-trip reflection on their experience that can be posted on the immersion experience website. This may include reflections and thoughts on the activities during the experience, photos and multimedia, ways the student participants are bringing their experience back to the JCU community, and reflections on how the experience is impacting individuals and their day-to-day life choices and actions
  • Engage in other activities that enhance the students ability to reflect on the immersion experience and share this with others


COMPENSATION:

Student coordinators receive a 25% discount off the student price of an immersion experience.

IMPORTANT DATES FOR APPLYING (January 2015 and Nepal May 2015 Immersions):

February 21, 2014 - Student Coordinator Applications Available
March 14, 2014 - Student Coordinator Applications Due
March 20-24, 2014 – Student Coordinator Interviews
March 31, 2014 – Student Coordinator placement announcements

STEPS FOR APPLYING (January 2015 and Nepal May 2015 Immersions):

  • Review details of the offered experience locations
  • Access the student coordinator essays and prepare your responses
  • Have two JCU faculty/staff members complete a reference form supporting your application. Reference forms are due the same day as applications, March 14
  • Complete the online application
  • Sign up for an interview time slot on Andy’s office door (in Campus Ministry hallway)

Please contact Andy with any questions about applying for a Student Coordinator position. We look forward to receiving your application.