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The Undergraduate Assistantship (UGA) Program provides a unique opportunity for students. The UGA Program was established in 2002 and awards approximately 300 students each year. The program offers on-campus, research and/or creative activity opportunities for SIU undergraduate students. Students selected for an Undergraduate Assistantship are able to work directly with a faculty member or professional level staff member in a project that leads to a poster or oral presentation at the Annual Research and Creative Activity Forum on Campus in April. Students should spend 10-20 hours per week working on the project and are paid approximately $10/hour. Positions are available for the fall and spring semesters. The UGA Program is not usually funded during the summer term.

The UGA Program is a program of CURCA, a unit of the Provost Office, and has cooperating support from Human Resources, Payroll, Research Development and Administration, University Honors and the University hiring departments. The Undergraduate Assistantship Advisory Committee serves as the selection committee for faculty and/or student proposals.

Undergraduate Assistantship Available:

Department Name and Location - Sustainability Office, Student Center

% of Time - 25%

Job Description - Visual Communications Specialist

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Design and produce visually stimulating materials for effective message communication in video, print advertising, online, posters, grassroots marketing, etc. 
  • Designing graphics for events, projects and reports
  • Maintain the Sustainability website.  Keep content current.
  • Take, edit and place photos and videos for social media, website, press releases, etc.
  • Update and maintain Social Media presence
  •  Support the development of a communications strategy, including primary and secondary research, creative brief, media selection, and post testing

Qualifications - Proficient with Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, etc.), excellent written and oral communication skills, be able to quickly turn around projects and make edits on the fly, passion for sustainability issues, be able to work independently and in a group setting, able to adapt to a changing environment with competing priorities

Time Period of Position - Spring 2016

How to Apply - Please email resume, cover letter, and examples of work to:

Geory Kurtzhals
Sustainability Coordinator

with "Visual Communications and Strategy Specialist Applicant" in the subject line.

Deadline to Apply - Open until filled

Number of Positions - 1

Important News

Faculty and Staff

The 2015-2016 Undergradate Assistantship application period opened January 26, 2015. 

Application deadline was February 27, 2015.


Undergraduate Assistantships for the 2015-2016 academic year are posted. Please click here to view posted positions.

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