Paid Graduate Student Internship Opportunity


The Graduate Division is pleased to announce the availability of paid graduate student internships. Professional Development Liaisons (PDLs) assist in strengthening professional development resources and opportunities for graduate students on the Berkeley campus. There are up to three positions available. Doctoral and professional students from all departments, programs, and disciplines are encouraged to apply. For full details and application instructions, see below or download a PDFApplications are due by Sunday, August 18, 2019. 

Benefits of this Internship:

  • Paid position: 10 hrs/week at $25.78/hr (25% time, Student Assistant IV)
  • Skill-building opportunities: PDLs receive group trainings and mentorship (within the paid 10 hours/week) to guide them in developing valuable professional skills in areas such as communications, program and project management, partnerships, and more.
  • Professional and career development: PDLs develop experience in higher education leadership that is valuable in a variety of career paths, within and beyond academia.
  • Service to campus: PDLs play an important role in making professional development resources and opportunities available to graduate students and in assisting departments in their work in this area.

Job Description:

Job Title: Professional Development Liaison, Student Assistant IV, 25% time (10 hrs/week), $25.78/hr; does not include fee remission.

Dates: September 2019-May 2020. Potential for renewal in summer 2020 and beyond.

Hiring Unit: Graduate Professional Development, Graduate Division.

Deadline to apply: Sunday, August 18, 2019.

As per Graduate Council policy, graduate students who will hold other positions must receive approval from their head Graduate Advisor to work more than 50% time (all positions combined).  Students on fellowship must confirm that that the terms of their fellowship allow them to work 10 hours/week in the fall and spring semester.

Are you an organized, self-motivated graduate student looking for experience in a professional work environment? Are you excited to learn about and promote the full spectrum of possible career paths available to Berkeley graduate students? Do you enjoy working on collaborative projects and creating productive partnerships? If so, we want to hear from you! 

Graduate Professional Development is hiring up to three graduate students to join GradPro’s team of Professional Development Liaisons (PDLs). We’re looking for graduate students who are ready to serve as peer leaders, and interested in learning more about the big picture of professional development on campus. If you’re curious about what’s going on beyond your own department and have tried out some professional development resources on campus or online, this is the internship for you.

As a PDL, your role would be to help graduate students at Berkeley access the resources they need to craft and carry out plans for their own professional development. You’ll be helping grad students in every program and discipline build skills, succeed in their programs, and launch their careers. You’ll be trained to serve as an expert in the professional and career development resources available to doctoral and professional students.

Why become a PDL?

PDLs develop skills in higher education leadership that are valuable in a variety of career paths, within and beyond academia. You’ll play a meaningful role in designing and developing new resources and programming at GradPro, and will join a team of fellow PDLs in an environment that fosters professional growth. You’ll also have the opportunity to collaborate with partners at all levels of campus, including faculty, administrative committees, staff, and students.

What you’ll be doing:

PDLs work ten hours per week. Eight of those hours are spent working in the GradPro office, attending required group meetings, or meeting with partners. Two hours are spent working on your own Individual Development Plan and familiarizing yourself with resources. This is a great opportunity for grad students looking to take their own professional development to the next level. PDLs work on projects including the following:


Doctoral and professional students at any stage, from all departments, programs, and disciplines, are invited to apply. Required qualifications:

  • Excellent judgment, professionalism, and project management skills;
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills;
  • Skilled in multicultural competencies, with experience working with diverse groups of students, faculty, alumni, and/or staff;
  • Some experience with professional and career development resources available to grad students. (You’ve attended campus workshops, used online resources, or participated in departmental professional development events.)
  • The ideal candidate will also have experience in one or more of the following: individual coaching; facilitating meetings or workshops; event planning; project management; writing for broad audiences; survey administration; data analysis; graphic design, web design, email newsletters, or videography.

Given our current programmatic needs, we particularly encourage applications from those who have expertise in, or personal experience with:

  • The professional development needs of students from historically underrepresented, first-generation, or other diverse backgrounds;
  • The professional development needs of students in humanities or social science Ph.D. programs;
  • The professional development needs of students in professional Master’s programs; and/or
  • Public speaking and research communication.

Application Process:

To apply, please email a cover letter and a CV or résumé by Sunday, August 18, 2019 to:

Linda von Hoene, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean for Professional Development
Graduate Division, UC Berkeley

Finalists will be asked to provide contact information for three references.


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