Commuter Success Program Intern

The Commuter Success Program Intern is responsible for the implementation of the Commuter Success Program through creating and providing a flexible and supportive program for first-year commuter students while promoting a sense of belonging and nutritional well-being. This position works in collaboration with staff from the President's Emerging Scholars (PES), Orientation & Transition Experiences (OTE) and Off-Campus Living (OCL) and reports directly to a Student Success Coach in PES. 

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  • Hire, train and supervise ~8 to 10  student Commuter Leads who serve as peer mentors to commuter student pods (6-8 first-year students).  
  • Develop and provide training for Commuter Leads relating to facilitation skills, creating inclusive communities, campus resources and program details such as meal access, tracking attendance, and reporting.
  • Organize and coordinate hosted meals by various university colleges and departments to build connections to various resources and communities.
  • Develop communications to Commuter Success Program participants regarding opportunities for engagement, campus resources and events, and their status in the program. 
  • Maintain communication with students through email, Canvas, and groupme
  • Coordinate and plan social and educational events for students 
  • Lead regular Commuter Lead meetings and discussions based on student needs and areas of interest or concern
  • Assess and evaluate participant feedback and program effectiveness through surveys, feedback loops and/or focus groups. 
  • Create end of semester report using collected data from student participation feedback
  • Track and monitor student attendance and participation at meals through reports and/or feedback from Commuter Leads weekly
  • Organize and maintain working documents in google drive platform
  • Meet weekly with supervisor(s) to review responsibilities and provide updates 



  • Current University of Minnesota student enrolled in at least 6 credits or more for the academic year 2024-2025 
  • Familiarity with the undergraduate commuter student transition experience at the University of Minnesota
  • Demonstrates ability to work independently and interdependently
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion
  • Desire to work in a flexible and team focused atmosphere
  • Desire to serve new students in helping them transition to the University
  • Strong organizational, administrative, communication, customer service and leadership skills
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 to be maintained throughout employment and reviewed each semester
  • Enrolled as a student through Spring Semester 2025.



  • Personal experience as a commuter student at the University of Minnesota
  • Knowledge of the PES Program or personally identifies as a first-generation student
  • Experience planning events for college students

TSL Learning Outcomes

  • Be confident interacting with students and families
  • Set a personal example of what you expect of others
  • Adapt behavior in response to team or organizational needs
  • Develop cooperative relationships among the people with whom you work
  • Know when to work alone and when to consult with others
  • Seek out challenging opportunities that test your own skills and abilities
  • Take responsibility for and be accountable to your actions
  • Have a clear understanding of how you define diversity
  • Work in situations where the rules are not always clear
  • Learn how to operate in an environment where plans may change with short notice


This position is paid at an hourly rate of $16.00 an hour with an average of 8-10 hours/week during the academic year.


To apply for this position, complete the application by April 22, 2024. 

If you have any questions contact [email protected].