Program Assistants

Program Assistants (PA) assist in leading a Dialogue of Civilizations program during a summer session abroad. PAs support the Faculty as a leader and provide support for student participants. They act as logistical support, peer advisors, resident assistants, positive role models, and more. PAs gain experience coordinating and managing large groups, planning logistics and operational elements of travel, familiarity with travel and being abroad, and the ability to be successful in a fast-paced and demanding environment.

Program Assistants (PA) support Dialogue of Civilizations (DOC) programs when they occur during Summer 1 or Summer 2. PAs work collaboratively as a member of the DOC leadership team and provide support for student participants. They help with logistical support and act as peer advisors, resident assistants, positive role models, and more. PAs gain experience:

  • Coordinating and managing large groups
  • Planning logistics and operational elements of travel
  • Developing familiarity with travel and being abroad
  • The ability to be successful in a fast-paced and demanding environment

 

"Being a part of running a DOC program has been one of the most important learning experiences that I have done at Northeastern. Although as a program assistant I am not actively taking the classes on the program, I learn so much from the students through how they are interacting with the Spanish language and culture. By being alongside the students, as well as the incredible faculty and students at the Universidad de Navarra where the classes are taught, I have expanded my own personal knowledge of the Spanish language and culture that I would have never been able to do by just taking a singular Spanish class in a classroom on campus."

Angelica Fiuzal, Spanish Language and Culture - Pamplona, Bilbao, and Burgos DOC

Prospective Program Assistants

All DOC PAs are nominated by DOC Faculty. If you are a DOC Faculty, please follow the link below to nominate a PA.

Hiring Process

DOC PAs who have been nominated will receive an email with an application link to begin the hiring process. PAs will be hired after the ‘Go/No Go’ decision dates. This means that Summer 1 PAs will be hired after March 23 and Summer 2 PAs will be hired after May 4.

Please ensure that Summer 1 PA applications are completed by March 15 and Summer 2 PA applications are completed by April 15 to ensure that offer letters can be issued as soon as possible following the ‘Go/No Go’ decision dates. Applications received after those dates will be processed on a rolling basis. Applications must be completed in one sitting – it cannot be saved and resumed at a later date.

All PAs must undergo a pre-screening which includes:

  • Domestic/International Background Check: For currently enrolled Northeastern Students: OSCCR Check
  • Two References: If you have been a PA in the last 7 years, you will not be required to submit references. References cannot be the DOC Faculty Leader/Supervisor.

Once the pre-screening is in progress, PAs will receive their offer letter contingent upon successful clearance of the pre-screening. A PA’s work start date will typically correspond with the DOC program dates and can be confirmed with the faculty lead. PAs cannot begin work until the start date stated in the offer letter. The offer letter must be signed and returned to the Global Experience Office. For questions regarding the application and forms, please contact the Office of the Chancellor Global Operations:

Compensation Package

  • Hourly salary for the position is paid through HRM payroll and/or Student Employment payroll
  • Pay rate set by GEO job description provided by faculty supervisor
  • Round Trip economy class airfare from Boston to the closest airport site
  • In-country accommodation for the duration of DOC will be covered by the Global Experience Office

Interested in becoming a PA?

We encourage you to connect directly with the faculty leading the programs as well as fill out this interest form.

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