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Welcome summer interns

This summer HFS is again hosting interns selected from graduate schools around the country. The actual internship program is sponsored by ACUHO-I (Association of College and University Housing Officers-International) in which the organization serves as a sort of clearing house between students seeking internships and colleges offering them. It’s a win-win situation. The students gain practical experience, and HFS benefits from their energy and enthusiasm. They started in mid-May.

The interns will work in an assigned area and also take on special projects such as analyzing comments from the Housing Demand Survey and researching how other organizations manage cyclic employment. By the end of their stay, they will have broadened their exposure of how a housing and food services organization operates.

l-r) Erin Chisholm, Emmi Infante, Shakeitra Simmons, ​Jackie Mayfield

The interns introduce themselves:

Summer School: Erin Chisholm, University of Georgia
“I'm Erin Chisholm, and I am in my first year in University of Georgia's College Student Affairs program, working as a graduate resident for student conduct and student staff development. My goal is to eventually work as the Director of Student Conduct at a university. I am so excited to be at the University of Washington this summer to get to know a new city and work in a different capacity for university housing!”

Under the direction of Melinda Gilliam, Alder Hall Resident Director, Erin will aid in a leadership role with the training and onboarding of summer school staff and assisting with move in. Pre-summer school, you’ll find her engaged in the end-of-school-year closing of Alder Hall.

Summer School: Jackalynn (Jackie) Mayfield, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
“I’m an assistant hall director at Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC). I supervise two buildings in my housing area and advise our area council (student leadership board). I am studying College Student Personnel at SIUC. I’m interested in residence life, student engagement, Greek life, violence prevention, inclusion and student advocacy. I’m excited to try something new—Carbondale is the biggest city I’ve ever lived in, and we have around 27,000 people. I’m excited to work at a larger institution with a diverse student population and dynamic professional environment. Ready to challenge myself and learn a lot this summer!”

Working with Jeff Bermudes, Stevens Court Apartments Resident Director, Jackie will oversee many of the operational pieces of Stevens Court Apartments including the training and supervision of the Summer RA staff, implementing a community development model and managing issues that come up in the building. Additionally, Jackie will assist in Residential Inclusion Committee and other projects across Residential Life.​

Conference Services: Emmi Infante, Ball State
“Hello!! I'm Emmi! I am working on my Masters of Student Affairs Administration in Higher Edu. at Ball State University in Indiana. I work as an assistant hall director in Studebaker Hall at BSU! I'm originally from Wisconsin and love to be outdoors and adventure! Looking forward meeting you all!”

Partnering with Kirsten Aranas, the RD Collateral (RDs who take on summer assignments) for Conferences, Emmi will oversee and train a team of 13 customer service-focused Residential Conference Assistants (RCAs) who will live in the residence halls to help guests, provide orientations and perform rounds in the evenings. Before she completes her internship in mid-July, Emmi will participate in learn about contracting and client interactions in Conference Services, as well as other topics of interest to cultivate her future career goal of working in the conferences field.

Facilities: Shakeitra Simmons, Eastern Illinois University
“Hi, My name is Shakeitra Simmons, and I am a graduate student in the College Student Affairs Program at Eastern Illinois University. I have an assistantship as an associate resident director for one of the residence halls. My professional interests include first-generation student retention, academic advising and service learning. I am excited to be here this summer because I am eager to gain knowledge on Facilities, experience what it is like working at an institution on the West Coast, and meet different people at the University and in the surrounding Seattle area.”

Like the other interns, Shakeitra will be assisting in a variety of projects, in this case relating to Facilities. Working with Robert Egnatchik, Facilities Specialist for Custodial Operations, she will help primarily with housekeeper staff training, Nine Month Closing logistics and a myriad of other projects in the Facilities Office. As Robert noted, “Without her support, the Facilities Team would not be able to complete as many projects during our very busy summer time.”

The interns will be sharing an apartment in Mercer Court and have already begun exploring Seattle and environs. Please welcome them!

June 2019