Are you looking for a way to get involved, to learn more about the GLBT community, and to help support and educate others? Then the GLBT Center’s Volunteer, Internship and Practicum (VIP) Program is the perfect opportunity for you!
The VIP Program is designed for students who want to engage with and serve the GLBT and Ally community at NC State. Students can participate in the Program in several different ways.
Want to volunteer your time? Looking to do an internship either develop your skills or fulfill a degree requirement? Need a placement location for a departmental course practicum? The GLBT Center’s VIP Program offers all three options; check out the information below to see whether a Volunteer, Internship or Practicum position is the right fit for you.
Students who participate in the VIP Program as volunteers are able to set a schedule that works best for them and may work between 1-10 hours each week. Volunteers support the GLBT Center through a wide range of activities. For a description of common VIP responsibilities, see the section below.
Students may participate in the VIP Program through for-credit or non-credit internships.
For-credit internships are typically required components of a degree program and involve placements that enable students to apply the knowledge and skills they have acquired during their coursework. For-credit internships may be one semester or one academic year, and the hours required for the internship are generally pre-determined for each degree program. Non-credit internships are available for students who are looking to engage in high-impact learning and service opportunities.
Non-credit internships allow students to develop and apply knowledge and skills, can help students discover personal and professional interests, and look great on resumes. Students who sign up for a non-credit internship work a fixed number of hours (10-15) each week and support the work of the GLBT Center in a variety of capacities. For a description of common VIP responsibilities, see the section below.
Students may participate in the VIP Program as part of a practicum course required for their degree program. These courses are designed to allow students to gain experience working in their field. Practicum requirements vary by major, and students wishing to fulfill a practicum requirement by working at the GLBT Center should contact their advisor to ensure that a placement in the GLBT Center will meet the requirements for their program.
VIP Program participants serve in a number of important capacities at the GLBT Center. The types of initiatives participants are involved with depend on their prior knowledge, skills, interests, and (when applicable) the departmental requirements of their internships or practicums. Below is an overview of common VIP responsibilities:
VIP participants help out by answering phones, scheduling appointments with staff, checking out library materials, connecting students with resources, and keeping the Center running during staff meetings or other times when the staff are out of the office.
Our alumni are very important to us and are important resources for current students. VIP participants help us stay connected with our alumni and keep them updated on our community and events by producing and distributing a biannual alumni newsletter.
The GLBT community and the work of both our GLBT student organizations and the GLBT Center are important parts of the history of NC State. VIP participants help us maintain a historical archive of GLBT life at State by collecting and cataloging materials that are added each year to our Special Collections archive.
The GLBT Center works to not only educate students about contemporary social justice issues but to also engage them in social justice-related community service in the local community. VIP participants take the lead on these initiatives by identifying service opportunities, organizing service events or trips, and recruiting their peers.
The GLBT Center gets more requests for workshops and presentations than the staff could ever handle! Fortunately, we train our VIP participants to facilitate peer education workshops and serve as panelists for educational events or classroom visits.
VIP participants play a crucial role in many of our outreach and education initiatives by doing the necessary research to find and compile information that gets used in a variety of ways such as our heritage and history month awareness campaigns. Diversity research provides VIP participants with a rich opportunity to increase their own knowledge and to help educate others.