Apply to Be on the AAUW National Student Advisory Council
AAUW encourages college and university students of all ages to apply to serve on our prestigious National Student Advisory Council (SAC) for 2014–15. The 10 students who will be selected have the unique opportunity to advise a national women’s organization on the needs of college students, to hone and grow their leadership skills, to network with amazing student leaders and distinguished women nationwide, to launch projects on their own campuses, and to attend two leadership events in the Washington, D.C., area.
What You Get to Do
- Travel, compliments of AAUW, to Washington, D.C., to attend a leadership retreat in October 2014 and the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL) in May 2015
- During the retreat, students meet AAUW staff and members and participate in team- and skill-building activities.
- During NCCWSL, SAC members network with 1,000 other student leaders, interact with Women of Distinction honorees, plan networking events, and play an important peer-leader role throughout the conference.
- Represent student needs and present ideas to one of the world’s largest women’s organizations
- Network with other SAC members and AAUW members — nationally and locally
- Improve leadership skills and make a difference in the lives of other students
- Develop marketing, promotional, program-planning, and organizational skills
- Take action on AAUW issues that are important to you
- Gain résumé-building experience to enhance employment opportunities and graduate school applications
What’s Required of You
Members also serve as leaders for AAUW and on campus by
- Attending a weekend leadership retreat in Washington, D.C. There, students will develop a yearlong action plan and set goals. The retreat is October 24–26, 2014.
- Participating in monthly, hour-long conference calls with AAUW staff and fellow SAC members (9 hours total)
- Participating in AAUW’s social media (3–6 hours)
- Joining online discussions about a range of topics with fellow SAC members (3–6 hours)
- Marketing AAUW programs on campus (5 hours)
- Recruiting e-student affiliates and graduate student members on campus (2 hours)
- Collaborating with local AAUW branch and state leadership (5 hours)
- Organizing Equal Pay Day activities on campus in April 2015 (1–10 hours)
- Creating a project that tackles an AAUW issue that interests you (15 hours)
SAC members also will help lead the 2015 National Conference for College Women Student Leaders by
- Participating in the conference planning process
- Reviewing workshop proposals
- Promoting and publicizing NCCWSL
- Escorting and introducing Women of Distinction honorees and other speakers
- Organizing and hosting conference networking activities
- Providing on-site conference support as peer leaders
- Attend a two- or four-year accredited institution
- Demonstrate strong communication, interpersonal, planning, and writing skills
- Have student leadership experience
- Understand and be genuinely interested in women’s equity issues
- Have the time available to fulfill the outlined responsibilities
- Be eager to network and exchange ideas on the monthly conference calls, via e-mail and Facebook, and in person at NCCWSL
Save These Dates
- September 28, 2014: Application materials due by 11:59 p.m. EDT
- October 6, 2014: Decision notifications e-mailed to applicants
- October 10, 2014: Accepted applicants e-mail a signed SAC commitment form to AAUW.
- October 24–26, 2014: SAC members attend a two-and-a-half-day retreat in Washington, D.C.
- May 28–30, 2015: SAC members attend the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders in College Park, Maryland.
How to Apply
- A completed online application form (see below)
- A one- to two-page résumé
- A one-page letter of recommendation
All materials, including the letter of recommendation and résumé, must be sent to email@example.com by 11:59 p.m. EDT on September 28, 2014. When sending your materials, please make sure to include your name and the words “National Student Advisory Council” in the subject line. Any application materials received after the deadline will not be considered.
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