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Program Assistants


  • Opportunity to set individual professional development goals, and receive individual coaching from your supervisor to work towards goals.
  • Gain leadership and professional skills through program support, administrative duties, and project management. 
  • Become an integral participant in the growth of the BLI and become an active builder of community within the BLI.
  • The prospect to work on a broad array of teams to diversify your experience and progress your leadership learning.

 PAs have the opportunity to work (and learn) on one of the following teams:

  • EVENTS: Coordinate and facilitate multiple student-facing events each semester. Includes event ideation, logistical planning, budgeting, registration management, facilitating, and reporting for each event.
  • MARKETING/COMMUNICATIONS: Create and distribute the BLI Weekly Newsletter, manage the BLI’s social media accounts, update the BLI website and Student Voices Blog, and assist in the design of print and digital promotional materials for BLI-student-facing events and opportunities.
  • COMMUNITY OUTREACH, RECRUITMENT & ENGAGEMENT: Present informational workshops on BLI Programs, tabling, and other promotional activities at various, campus-wide events and University classes, to engage with and recruit new BLI members and strengthen campus partner relationships. Advise prospective and current members on BLI membership benefits and opportunities.
  • GRANTS & FUNDING: Meet with current BLI students and provide assistance and guidance through the BLI funding application process, including grant writing; responsible for tracking all new and existing funding applications in the online application system.

Time Requirement


  • Program Assistant is a paid professional development position with the BLI
  • 5-10 hours per week
  • Mandatory weekly staff meetings
  • BLI Fellows who have completed ALA 174 or 175.
  • Students who are active in the BLI community and have a passion for and commitment to community building and leadership.
  • Are comfortable working in a fast-paced, collaborative team environment.

Learn more and apply

  • Positions available now for 2022-2023 Academic Year
  • Compensation: $15/hour
  • Start Date: August 29, 2022
  • Application closed for Fall 2022

 Have any questions?

“The Community Engagement and Outreach team offers a number of opportunities to engage with the University of Michigan community as well as Ann Arbor writ large. Some of my projects have focused on reaching out to faculty and student orgs, tabling at all kinds of events, and running BLI info sessions for admitted students who are thinking about coming to Michigan. It’s a great role for a social person who is comfortable putting themselves out there, speaking publicly, etc. This work has grown my network and my interpersonal skills, and my time in the BLI has given me so many professional opportunities and allowed me to pursue self-guided work.”

Ethan Hopper, Program Assistant

“Grant writing is an essential skill, especially in the public sector! As the funding program assistant, you develop practical skills such as proofreading, grant design and compilation, public speaking, and analytical reasoning. I had the opportunity to read dozens of grant proposals, and from that experience I became much more aware about the strengths and weaknesses in my writing. This proved invaluable when it came time to apply for graduate schools and internships.”

Chris Pumford, Program Assistant