AHa Internship Program
The AHa Internship Program’s objective is to provide UC San Diego students with real-world experience in communicating and promoting the value of arts and humanities education on this campus. Interns will draw from their experience as Division of Arts and Humanities students to inform high-school and transfer students about the division and the university. The outcome of this outreach is to encourage prospective students to apply to and enroll at UC San Diego as arts and humanities students. Additionally, the internship supports current students’ academic and professional growth.
By hiring two upper division undergraduate students, one from the arts and the other from the humanities, the division aims to increase its community outreach and service to prospective underrepresented students. The interns will receive communications training and experience through a year-long internship program sponsored by the Division of the Arts and Humanities.
The interns will be required to complete Diversity Training through the UC Learning Center classes (or other classes suggested by EDI). The interns will also work with the student diversity groups on campus such as multicultural student organizations or Trio Outreach Programs to help underserved students.
Arts & Humanities Advantage (AHa) Outreach Assistant interns will be trained and supervised primarily by the Division of Arts and Humanities’ Director of Communications. Interns will be responsible for the following steps:
1. Developing and hosting a half-day workshop on campus for entering 12th graders on the value of arts and humanities at UC San Diego.
2. Contacting high-school counseling staff to propose and schedule an assembly presentation.
3. Developing TED-like talks for student assemblies directed to 11th and 12th graders, during which interns will deliver lively presentations on their undergraduate major and the types of careers that exist for graduates of the university’s six arts and humanities departments.
Alan Luna is a Junior in the Visual Arts department, pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Arts. He received two Associate in Arts degrees from Southwestern College: one in Arts and Humanities and one in Behavioral Sciences. Alan has worked as an art critic, artist and photographer for the Southwestern College Sun, covering events in San Diego County. He served as Club Officer for Southwestern College's Gay-Straight Alliance to promote the SWC-GSA's presence on campus, and was selected as a McNair Scholar for the Ronald E. McNair award for research in Visual Arts. Additional awards include the UCLA CCCP Scholarship; First Place College Media Criticism/Review, Society of Professional Journalists, and First Place Critical Review, Journalism Association of Community Colleges. Alan was listed on the Southwestern College Dean's Honor Roll, and is an experienced public speaker with a passion for the arts and social advocacy.
Daisy Olivarez is a Junior at UC San Diego pursuing a double major in Political Science and Spanish Literature. She is currently a Philanthropy Team Leader for the Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Coed Fraternity working with the Community Outreach committe to coordinate events and provide outreach to underprivileged groups in San Diego county, as well as Director of Fundraising for MEChA's Scholarship Fund Committee. Daisy has extensive experience in successful fundraising for scholarships as well as leadership experience in administration and customer service. She has a passion for Literature and is an advocate for promoting the arts and humanities and providing service and outreach to underrepresented communities.
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