Student Roles at Jacobs

August 21, 2017 | 10:07 am

Are you a current Berkeley student looking for ways to get more involved with the Jacobs student community? This page describes some avenues for you to help build the community at Jacobs Hall.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Student Advisory Board

The Jacobs Institute Student Advisory Board (SAB) helps to ensure that the opinions, needs, and interests of the student community are taken into account during strategic planning and program development. Though the Jacobs Institute may not be able to act upon all of the suggestions offered by the SAB, its input will be taken seriously.

Other key roles of the SAB include reviewing submissions for the new Jacobs student grant program and organizing feedback gathering and community building events.

SAB members should be invested in the design community at Berkeley and represent diverse perspectives from the student community. Members commit to:

  • Being on the SAB for the full academic year
  • Attending three 1.5 hour meetings per semester
  • Responding to informal requests for feedback from Jacobs staff throughout the year
  • Reviewing submissions and making recommendations for the Jacobs Institute Innovation Catalysts student grant program
  • Administering an annual student survey and/or facilitating a student town hall
  • Helping to organize community-building events
  • Staying informed about Jacobs resources and helping to share this information with fellow students
  • Propose and lead other projects that help the student community 

SAB members receive a complimentary Maker Pass during their tenure and have their names listed on the Jacobs Institute website. Students can stay on the SAB for multiple years, provided that they can fulfill their SAB membership commitments.

Meet the members of the 2018-2019 Jacobs Student Advisory Board. Interested in joining the SAB? We recruit new board members at the beginning of each academic year.

Advanced Prototyper Program

The Advanced Prototyper program is a volunteer program for the experienced Maker Pass holder who is ready for the next challenge. Are you ready to take the skills you have learned in the makerspace and give something back to your peers? Do perks like a free Maker Pass, lockable storage, and increased access sound exciting to you? Then apply for the program and we will be in contact with you about next steps!

To be eligible for the Advanced Prototyper Program, you should:

  • Be a current UC Berkeley affiliate
  • Have had a Maker Pass for at least one semester
  • Be committed to lead “tips & tricks” trainings, in order to introduce Maker Pass holders to using tools in the makerspace or to deepen their knowledge about tools in the makerspace

Employment Opportunities:

Student Supervisor Program

The Jacobs Student Supervisors are undergraduate student staff who are responsible for helping Jacobs Hall run smoothly and safely. Primary responsibilities to achieve this include monitoring makerspace access, enforcing safety and usage policies, regularly maintaining resources, and providing assistance to Maker Pass holders.

Experienced Student Supervisors have the opportunity to advance to the Student Supervisor II role, which entails additional equipment maintenance and training responsibilities; each Student Supervisor II apprentices with a Jacobs Design Specialist and gains specialized knowledge of a particular area of the makerspace.

New Student Supervisors are hired in August, and occasionally in January, before the start of the semester. If you are interested in joining the Student Supervisor team in the future, sign up to receive an announcement about the next open recruitment cycle.

Graphic Design and Storytelling Roles

A small team of students supports the Jacobs Institute’s work in graphic design, content production for web and print, and creative storytelling. Graphic Design Assistants primarily focus on design outputs like posters and print collateral, illustrations, infographics, and brand applications, while Storytelling Assistants primarily focus on outputs like written stories, video and photography, and web and social media content. Both roles involve the opportunity to work on long-term special projects, propose new ideas, and work as part of a collaborative team.

Members of this team are typically hired in August, and occasionally in January. If you are interested in learning about openings, sign up to receive an announcement when jobs are posted.

Program Assistant

The Program Assistant will work with the Jacobs program staff to help courses and programs at Jacobs Hall run smoothly. The primary responsibilities to achieve this include maintaining class, event, and office supplies, formatting announcements for the student community mailing list, supporting event marketing and operations, and maintaining our collection of collateral and student projects.

We are currently looking to hire our first Program Assistant; the review of applications begins on October 22, 2018 and will continue until the role is filled. View the full job description and access the application form.

GSI, Reader, and Tutor Roles

Each semester, the Jacobs Institute hires dedicated, knowledgeable graduate students to serve as academic student employees (ASEs) for the Design Innovation (DES INV) courses. Available roles range from graduate student instructors (GSIs), readers, and tutors, depending on the course.

Recruiting for ASEs begins 2-3 months before the start of each semester. To join the general candidate pool and receive an email when the ASE application opens, fill out this interest form.

The spring 2019 ASE application form is now open. Applications will be reviewed by the course instructor on a rolling basis; we aim to fill all roles by November 5th. Available positions are: