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. 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 SAB meetings per semester
  • Serving on the review committee for the Jacobs Institute Innovation Catalysts grant program, and being liaisons to grantees throughout the semester (e.g., attending grant events, suggesting resources, etc.)
  • Responding to ad hoc requests for feedback from Jacobs staff throughout the year
  • Staying informed about Jacobs resources and helping to share this information with fellow students
  • Proposing and leading projects that benefit the student community 

SAB members receive a complimentary Maker Pass during their tenure and are listed on the Jacobs Institute website. Students can stay on the SAB for multiple years, provided that they can fulfill board commitments. We recruit new board members at the beginning of each academic year.

New Jacobs Student Advisory Board are selected by application at the beginning of each academic year; check this website in August or contact Amy Dinh if you are interested.

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” workshops, 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, contact Joey Gottbrath, Technical Lab Director and Student Supervisor Program Manager.

Graphic Design and Reporter 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 Student Reporters 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. Positions on the Jacobs creative team are currently open. Learn more and apply here.

Program Assistant

The Program Assistant works 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. This position is currently filled.

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. To join the general candidate pool and receive an email when the ASE application opens for the next semester, fill out this interest form

Applications for spring 2021 ASEs are now being accepted, with the goal of having roles filled by November 9th, 2020. Information about available roles and courses are listed below. Interested students should apply through the ASE application portal. Before applying, please 1) review information about the course, including meeting time and content, through the links provided below and 2) ensure you meet the eligibility requirements to be an ASE, especially if you are applying to be a first-time GSI.

Course ASE Role
DES INV 10 Discovering Design 20 hour/week GSI
DES INV 15 Design Methodology 20 hour/week GSI
DES INV 21 Visual Communication & Sketching 5 hour/week Tutor
DES INV 23 Creative Programming & Electronics 10 hour/week GSI
DES INV 25 User Experience Design 5 hour/week Tutor
DES INV 201 Debates in Design *new* 10 hour/week GSI
DES INV 202 Technology Design Foundations *new* 10 hour/week GSI

Academic Student Employee hiring FAQ

What percentage appointment is this role? 

The percentage for an ASE appointment indicates the time commitment for the role, in reference to a 40-hour full-time job. For example, 5 hours is 12.5% of 40 hours, so a 5 hours/week role is a 12.5% appointment; a 10 hours/week role is a 25% appointment.

Does this role qualify for fee remission?

Graduate student academic appointments that are eligible for fee remission include GSI, GSR, AI-GS, Reader or Tutor employment during the fall and spring semesters (fee remission never generates for summer appointments). A fee remission is generated when a graduate student holds a fee remission eligible appointment or combines multiple appointments that then create the minimum fee remission eligibility criteria of a 25% appointment. To learn more about ASE appointments policies, including fee remission, visit the Graduate Division website.

Whom should I contact if I am interested in learning more about a specific role or course?

Course instructors manage the search process for their ASEs; you can contact an instructor directly if they would like to learn more about a specific role. If you have questions about the general application process, contact contact Amy Dinh.

What does it mean if I haven’t heard back about my ASE application?

Course instructors will contact applicants whom they would like to interview. Applicants who are not selected for an interview will not be contacted.