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Leadership Development Program

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UCI Summer Session offers current UCI undergraduate students the opportunity to develop leadership and mentorship skills through a formal Leadership Development Program. Program participants are known together, as the Summer Session Mentors.

  • Top 5 Programs Highlights

  • Starting in winter quarter, the Summer Session Mentors:

      1. Receive formal leadership training through workshops known as Town Halls. Town Halls are hosted by campus partners and field experts who cover topics in diversity and identity, communication, and mentoring.
      2. Create a warm and engaging environment by working alongside professional staff to enhance the experiences of students in our summer programs.
      3. Learn about large- and small-scale program development by planning, marketing, and facilitating activities for new anteaters during the summertime.
      4. Earn a Certificate of Completion at the end of the program signed by Summer Session specialists and managers, which affirms their completion of the program.
      5. Receive complimentary CPR & First Aid certification training (cost is covered by Summer Session).
  • Who We Look for

  • The Summer Session Mentors ...

    • Are often – though not required – past-participants of Summer Session programs, but should be current UCI students, in good academic standing.
    • Are eager to give back to the UCI community and help new students find their way.
    • Exercise sound decision-making based on good judgement and program goals.
    • Have a strong dedication to the team and a desire to learn and be mentored.
  • What You Can Achieve

  • Elevate your undergraduate experience by joining a diverse group of undergraduates for leadership training! You will acquire leadership and mentoring skills that will help you at UCI and beyond. As a peer-to-peer Mentor within the Summer Session Leadership Development Program, you will build your resume and gain valuable leadership experience while making a positive impact on new UCI students (by assisting incoming students who have been admitted for Fall 2019). You will exercise commitment and responsibility, and gain public speaking and decision-making skills through the planning and implementation of summer events.

    You will develop three core categories of abilities, which can be applied to your academic and professional endeavors: cultural competency (awareness and experience working with people from different backgrounds); leadership and communication; and mentorship.

  • Training Overview

  • Our leadership program runs from January-June on Wednesdays @ 4pm-5:30pm and is required for all students who wish to be active Summer Session Mentors during the summer months, June-September.

      Partner-Hosted Trainings
    • Diversity & Identity Awareness hosted by the Cross-Cultural Center
    • Cultural Awareness
    • Assisting Students in Distress hosted by the Counseling Center
    • Sexual Violence in Higher Education hosted by the C.A.R.E. Center
    • DisAbility Awareness hosted by the Disability Services Center
    • LGBTQIAA Awareness hosted by the LGBT Center
    • AB540/DREAMers Awareness & Student Retention hosted by the DREAM Center

      Summer Session Staff Hosted Workshops
    • Team and Personal Goal-Setting
    • Active Listening
    • Active Bystander
    • Event Planning & Marketing

    This program:

    • Is NOT the same as the Summer Resident Advisor position or Discussion Leader position for UNI STU 83/84, though mentors are encouraged to pursue both of those opportunities.
    • Is unable to compensate a summer parking permit.
    • Does not offer housing. See below for an overview of the time commitment.
  • Schedule & Time Commitment

  • Apply during Fall Quarter 2018
    Program (part 1): Winter and Spring Training
    Date/Time/Location TBC
    LDP Info Session
    Location TBC
    Wednesdays @ 4pm-5:30pm
    Town Halls and Team Meetings
    Location TBC
    Sunday October 21, 2018 by 11:59 PM
    Application Deadline for the 2019 LDP
    Saturday January 26 @ 9:00 AM-2:00 PM
    Winter Kickoff
    Location TBC
    November 5 – 16, 2018
    Group Interviews
    Location TBC
    Saturday April 20 @ 10am-2pm (tentatively)
    Celebrate UCI
    Location TBC
    Monday December 3 – 14, 2018
    Applicants notified
    Wednesday May 29 @ 4:00 PM – 6:30 PM
    Summer Kickoff
    Program (part 2): Summer Session I
    Program (part 2): Summer Session II
    June 22-23 all day (shifts tentative)
    Session-1 Check-in Weekend
    August 3-4 all day (shifts tentative)
    Session-2 Check-in Weekend
    Various hours M-F between 8am-5pm
    The program holds activities and events for students during the week M-F 8am-5pm on various days and times. Plan to be involved ~10 hours/week.
    Various hours M-F between 8am-5pm
    The program holds activities and events for students during the week M-F 8am-5pm on various days and times. Plan to be involved ~10 hours/week.
    July 18 (tentative)
    Night Market
    August 29 (tentative)
    Sunset Festival
    Program (part 3): 2019 LDP Closing Celebration
    Wednesday, September 4 @ 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    Location TBD
  • How to Apply

  • Application Deadline: October 21, 2018

    Are you a returning Mentor? If you would like to apply for a Lead Mentor position, please send an email to to receive important information. Do not fill out the application on this page.


    1. PLEASE READ the Required Time Commitment
    2. Prepare your resume (you may wish to visit the office for Career Pathways for help).
    3. Take a simple headshot photo of yourself; instructions are provided on the application.
    4. Apply to be a mentor in the 2019 Summer Session Leadership Development Program

    *By submitting an application, you acknowledge that you have read and understand the information in the Required Time Commitment above. IF you have trouble accessing or reading this document, please contact our office.

    Questions? Email or visit the Summer Session Student Life & Leadership Office located in Summer Session Building A, room 101 (building #231 on the campus map).

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