PICS Organization Name
Daniel Kim '21, David Friedman '20, Carlos Sotelo '17
A college education is the key to opportunity and economic freedom. Unfortunately, the rising cost of tuition and related expenses continue to keep those opportunities beyond the reach of many talented young people. In order to help students and families overcome this growing financial barrier, uAspire is committed to providing students with the financial information and resources necessary to achieve their dream of higher education. To achieve our mission of working to ensure that all young people have the financial information and resources necessary to find an affordable path to - and through - a postsecondary education, uAspire provides direct advising to young people, training to school counselors and college advisers, and advocates for policy and systems change throughout the country.
Having a Princeton Intern join our Organizational Development team this summer will provide our organization with the necessary capacity to ensure our full team and staff are well supported so that all can thrive, allowing uAspire to have the greatest impact possible.
Over the past four years, uAspire has grown from an organization of around 30 employees, in one city, serving roughly 2,500 students, to a national non-profit organization impacting millions. Our staff size has grown in size to nearly 100 employees and our people systems and policies have not kept pace with our organizational scale and complexity. To ensure our people are able to continue to thrive, and that our culture and organizational community remain strong, we need to rightsize our systems and policies to meet our growing organizational demand.
uAspire envisions the Princeton Intern will work closely with Mercedes McCurdy, Manager of Talent, and Chris Loney, Chief of Staff and a 4-year PICS manager at uAspire, on key projects related to capacity building within our Organizational Development department. They would be the Organizational Development Intern. Some projects in the past included:
- Built an automated system to organize the monthly Announcements and Acknowledgements through Google Sheets
- Assisted in systems-building for staff performance management tracking and analysis through SurveyMonkey and Google Sheets
- Researched NYC Employee Compliance Law and created a digestible overview to be used by the Leadership Team and future hiring managers
- Analyzed FLSA Overtime Exemption on a federal and state level and created an automated database for the classifying and tracking of current and future uAspire staff members
- Provided support during the Chief Program Officer hiring
- Conducted interviews for the College Affordability Adviser - Succeed hiring
- Provided support during the planning and running of Institute, the annual uAspire All-Staff Conference
- Catalogued supply inventory for Institute
However, we have learned through years of experience with PICS that the best internships are those that marry organizational need with the intern's strengths and interests. Thus, we expect the final project selection to be completed in partnership with the selected candidate.
- Ability to handle stress and balance multiple projects in a demanding, fast-paced environment.
- Outstanding organization skills and high attention to detail.
- Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work in an office setting.
- Strong written and verbal communications skills.
- Ability to carry assignments beyond original instruction in anticipation of future problems or complications.
- Ability to work both independently and collaboratively.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office (especially Excel) and Google Suite
- Previous experience with organizational development and human resources is preferred
Expected Start Time
Expected End Time
No earlier than May 30 - no later than August 23
Meets Certificate Requirement
During the summer there are many sublet opportunities for housing given that many people in area are students and travel during the summer months. uAspire staff are also happy to work to support the intern in finding various opportunities in the area. Our office is located near Downtown Crossing making it very accessible by any line on the T (Boston's subway system) which makes the search for summer sublets a bit easier
I recommend uAspire as a great organization for intern placement. It is a high-growth organization with a great leadership team that has been at the forefront of innovative ideas of tackling issues related to college affordability. As such, there's not just a lot to gain, but a lot to contribute to as well. I am a much better person, both personally and professionally than when I entered uAspire's office, and I would consider the next PICS intern to work there a very lucky individual.
—Carlos Sotelo '17
Reflecting on my PICS experience this summer, I am humbled by the driven colleagues I was so privileged to work with, floored by the quantity and quality of work I was able to produce, and empowered knowing I was able to contribute to such an important cause.
—David Friedman '20
uAspire is doing incredibly valuable work in the college affordability space. No other organization has the intense focus on college affordability and financial aid that uAspire has, so I am leaving with an immense appreciation for the work that they are doing. —Daniel Kim '17