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Academic & Transfer Advising Services Internship

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Do you enjoy helping your peers?  Have you ever wondered how the Academic and Transfer Advising Services office promotes academic success?  Does being an undergraduate Teaching Assistant (TA) sound interesting to you?  If you have earned a 3.0 cumulative GPA or higher, and will have reached junior standing (57 credits) or more by the end of the summer, then consider applying for a two semester internship in the Academic and Transfer Advising Services (ATAS) office.  ATAS Interns earn six upper-division credits and gain experience in higher education by providing assistance to students, serving as a TA for ADV 101, and participating in various outreach projects and events.

The 2018-2019 Internship application is available now on Handshake!  

The application deadline is EXTENDED to Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 9:00 am



About the Internship

The Academic and Transfer Advising Services Internship is an enriching college "theory-to-practice" experience that combines classroom learning and application of that learning. The internship provides outstanding juniors and seniors the opportunity to gain leadership and advising experience, improve personal and professional skills, and explore career aspirations while providing assistance to others. ATAS Interns are essential in creating a welcoming and supportive introduction to the ATAS office by their work at the reception area, which includes handling telephone inquiries, screening students for walk-in advising, and teaching students how to review their degree progress and register for classes. ATAS Interns also serve as teaching assistants for ADV 101, a seminar course for incoming transfer students.  ADV 101 includes topics such as  goal setting, navigating SBU, engagement, and academic success. ATAS Interns register for the ATAS internship program (ADV 488) for the full academic year (fall and spring semesters) earning a total of six upper-division credits (three upper-division credits per semester). The course satisfies the EXP+ learning objective in the Stony Brook Curriculum (SBC).

Interested students must complete an application via Handshake and participate in an interview and selection process. This takes place early in the spring semester prior to the first semester of internship participation. The required application materials include a resume, a cover letter and a list of two references. The application is due toward the end of February. The interview and selection process is conducted in early March with chosen candidates notified in late March.

ADV 488

The internship consists of a two semester-long training program, much of which occurs in the weekly, seminar–style course, ADV 488, each semester. Active participation is required and training will occur through the analysis of issues relevant to academic advising, case studies, reading and discussion of current events and relevant articles, role plays, and presentation skill training and practice. The internship also includes written assignments, creation of a lesson plan for your ADV 101 class, and periodic quizzes. There will be a formal syllabus, homework, and firm deadlines. Additionally, ATAS Interns perform supervised work in the office, serve as a teaching assistant in ADV 101, and conduct outreach activities to the University community.


There are many benefits and rewards associated with the ATAS Internship:

  • Experience in leadership, co-instruction of a first semester seminar, and student support;
  • The opportunity to explore and develop professional skills and experience personal growth;
  • The chance to form friendships with other interns;
  • An opportunity to explore the possibility of a career in higher education;
  • Three hours of upper division credit (ADV 488) per semester;
  • Completion of the EXP+ attribute for the Stony Brook Curriculum.

Selection Criteria

We are looking for a diverse group of undergraduate students who possess the following qualities and qualifications:

  • Good academic and disciplinary standing (minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0)
  • Minimum of 57 total earned credits (Junior or Senior standing)
  • Ability to commit to two semesters (fall and spring)
  • Ability to enroll in and attend weekly seminar class, ADV 488, on Mondays, 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM
  • Interest in helping transfer students transition to Stony Brook University
  • Ability to work with diverse students, staff and community members
  • Flexibility, dependability, patience, maturity, strong communication skills, and a commitment to learning

Time Commitment

ATAS Interns attend two training sessions prior to the start of the fall semester and can expect to devote approximately 10-12 hours per week to internship responsibilities during the fall and spring semesters.

  • 4 hours per week: Work in ATAS at the front desk welcoming students and answering
    the telephone; and/or work at the office computers assisting students with
    their registration and scheduling of classes.
  • 2 hours per week: Serve as a teaching assistant (TA) for a first semester seminar
    class for transfer students (ADV 101).
  • 3 hours per week: Prepare assignments and attend weekly seminar class, ADV 488, Mondays, 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM.
  • 20 hours per semester: Outreach with other ATAS Interns to undergraduate students by
    organizing events and presentations regarding academic guidelines, degree requirements,
    and academic support.
  • 10 hours per semester: Work with professional advisors (i.e. shadow advising sessions,
    participate in committees, or assist with advising projects).

2018 – 2019 Important Dates  (subject to change)

Application will be available: January 2018

Application must be submitted by: Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 9:00 am

Interviews will be conducted: Monday, March 5, 2018, 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM and Wednesday, March 7, 2018, 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM

Applicants will be notified: Mid to Late March 2018

Two Mandatory Training Dates: Monday, May 7, 2018 (reading day) & Sunday, August 26, 2018

How To Apply

To be considered for the ATAS Internship in the 2018 - 2019 academic year, please complete the application available on Handshake,  no later than Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 9:00 am. To access the application, please log in or create an account on Handshake and search for job number 1229327, Academic & Transfer Advising Services Internship. 

Please note that the application will ask you for the following information, which you may wish to prepare before beginning the application:

Resume: Please attach a current resume that lists previous job experiences and extracurricular activities.

Cover Letter: Please write a cover letter that tells us more about you and responds to the three questions listed below.

  1. Why are you interested in the ATAS Internship and what are your reasons for wanting to participate in the internship experience?
  2. What personal qualities do you possess that would be beneficial in an experience working with your peers?
  3. What do you hope to gain from this internship?

References: Please list the name, title, department or company, telephone number, and email address of two individuals who will serve as your professional references. Please be sure to alert the individuals you select to the fact that you are listing them as a reference. All references will be contacted via email or telephone prior to selection.

  • At least one reference must be a Stony Brook University faculty or professional staff member (i.e. professors, instructors, graduate teaching assistants, residence hall directors, quad directors, advisors).
  • Please note, although peer references from an undergraduate student leader are welcomed, only one of your references may be a student leader (i.e. orientation leader, resident assistant, commuter assistant, peer academic success coach).


Please send your questions to the Internship Coordinator, Michelle Setnikar, at





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