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Students are essential to the work and mission of the Bonner Center for Civic Engagement (CCE). Working 4-10 hours per week, students support the daily functions of the CCE offices, events, student outreach, communications, operations, and more.

Students with civic engagement experience have opportunities to serve as leaders. Student employees in the CCE are also encouraged to attend educational events throughout the year.

Most CCE positions require that students have either a Bonner Scholarship or a Federal Work-Study award. Pay ranges from $8.80–$11.30 per hour. Students who have not previously worked on campus will need to complete pre-employment paperwork at the Financial Aid Office before they may legally start work. Please visit the Student Employment website for the suggested forms of identification to bring to Financial Aid.

Below is a listing of our available positions for Fall 2020. To apply, please complete the CCE Student Job Application by April 13 at 12 p.m. Interviews will be conducted remotely and be scheduled April 13-17. Offers will be extended by April 20.

URD Operations Assistant

The URD Operations Assistant will work with the Operations Coordinator at UR Downtown to accomplish daily tasks. These tasks may include scheduling, inventory, data collection and interacting with community organizations or members of the Richmond community. As a connection with the city of Richmond, this position with help strengthen community relations that are facilitated at UR Downtown. The URD Operations Assistant is expected to work about 5-8 hours a week at UR Downtown. Hours are generally between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., but could include other evening/weekend programming with prior notification.


  • Assist in the reviewing of space requests and communicate with organizations to ensure all arrangements are satisfactory.
  • Acts as a representative of UR Downtown for meetings, events, and space reservations.
  • Learning A/V, software and technology associated with UR Downtown operations.
  • Setting up for reservations and events.
  • Participate in all scheduled meetings, trainings, and evaluations.
  • Serve as point of contact for local organizations who use UR Downtown spaces for events and lead tours at UR Downtown.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Demonstrate professionalism, attention to detail, dependability, timeliness, and proficiency in verbal and written skills.
  • Proficient in skills related to communication via telephone, greeting visitors and relaying information.
  • Ability to lift up to 25 lbs.
  • Interest in engaging with downtown Richmond and impacting our city.
  • Ability to work with a diverse constituent base and help to build positive relationships with community members.
  • Ability to work cooperatively and in a leadership role with students, staff, faculty, and community members.
  • Willingness to obtain CPR and First Aid Certification.

For more information, contact Georgia Osborne at

CCE Outreach and Events Intern

Outreach and Events Interns support the Bonner Center for Civic Engagement in its mission to prepare students for lives of purpose, and connect student, faculty, staff, and community stakeholders in social change efforts that value the knowledge and potential in our communities. 

Outreach and Events Interns are passionate and engaged students who create and assist with programming around a variety of issue areas, serve as a vital outreach resource, and provide guidance to fellow students interested in civic and community engagement.  

Outreach and Events Intern positions are one-year terms from August to April.  


Peer Advising 

  • Serve as a peer advisor during Drop-In Advising (M-F 2-4 p.m.)
  • New Volunteer Orientation/volunteer on-boarding support  

Program Planning and Facilitation 

  • In collaboration with CCE staff and fellow interns, support conceptualizing, planning, and executing service events, awareness building and reflection activities, and educational programming including CCE Brown Bag Discussions
  • Support CCE Programming, including organization tours, open houses, and events
  • Coordinate and/or design meeting materials (slideshows, informational handouts, etc.) 
  • Liaise with on-campus or off-campus facilitators and/or speakers (with the support of CCE staff)
  • Coordinate attendance tracking  

Communications and Outreach 

  • Develop and facilitate awareness campaigns for issue areas
  • Develop social media content
  • Update CCE Bulletin Board with relevant information
  • Outreach to student organizations and/or departments  

Particular Project Areas 

In addition to the job duties listed above, select CCE Outreach and Events Interns will focus in two project areas.

Education: to support students interested in volunteering at educational organizations (schools and after-school programs), CCE interns develop marketing materials for recruitment, asses volunteer trends, and create resources for ongoing training and reflection. In addition, interns work to support PACE (Pathways to a College Experience), an initiative that hosts tours to expose elementary and middle school students to the possibility of a college education. 

Linking Through Language and Technology: Founded in 2005, Linking Through Language and Technology (LTLT) is an on-campus, student run program supported by the Bonner Center for Civic Engagement. The program provides English language tutoring and computer competency training to University of Richmond staff members who are immigrants and refugees. LTLT aims to provide sustainable resources that support the individual goals of each participant. In addition to building language and tutoring skills, the program offers a space for cultural exchange and relationship building between UR students and staff members that might not happen within their normal work or study routines. 


  • Previous experience facilitating meetings and/or leading group discussions 
  • Previous experience in event planning and proficiency in written communication  
  • Strong communication skills and comfort with presenting to and/or facilitating groups 
  • Attention to detail, task-management, and organization skills required 
  • Previous experience in civic engagement or volunteering in the community 

Office hours are based on the student’s schedule (approximately 4-8 hours a week) including at least one shift per week from 2-4 p.m. 

  • Some nights and weekend work  
  • Attending bi-weekly team meetings

For more information, please contact Adrienne Piazza at

CCE Videographer

The CCE Videographer will create videos to showcase student engagement across Richmond, community-based learning courses, and CCE programs. The CCE Videographer will work closely with the Assistant Director of CCE Communications and UR Downtown and other members of the CCE Communications Team to plan and execute each video. Previous CCE videos produced by CCE Videographers include the Bonner Films Series and UR Downtown’s 10th anniversary video.


  • Identify opportunities to champion civic engagement on campus and in the region
  • Film civic engagement activities on and off campus
  • Edit films for publication on web platforms and social media


  • Experience with filmmaking through a University course or personal projects
  • Interest in civic engagement and the Richmond community

For more information, please contact Alexandra Byrum at

CCE Communications Assistant

The CCE Communications Assistant will showcase student engagement across Richmond, community-based learning courses, and CCE programs through writing and photography for the CCE website, newsletter, and social media. The CCE Communications Assistant will work closely with the Assistant Director of CCE Communications and UR Downtown and other members of the CCE Communications Team to plan and executetheir web stories and social media postsSample CCE web stories are on and the CCE Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter handles are @spidersengage.


  • Identify opportunities to champion civic engagement on campus and in the region
  • Photograph civic engagement activities on and off campus
  • Write web stories for CCE newsletter and web site (published through the University Newsroom)
  • Write and publish posts for CCE social media


  • Strong writing and photography skills
  • Interest in civic engagement and the Richmond community
  • Interest in learning new communications platforms and best practices

For more information, please contact Alexandra Byrum at

CCE Operations Assistant

The Bonner Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) is seeking a skilled student who can serve as a CCE Operations Assistant for our volunteer management system, SpidersEngage. SpidersEngage is an online platform that allows area organizationsto post volunteer opportunities, students to search and register for volunteer opportunities and to log theirhoursof service, and the CCE to capture quantitative and qualitative data about the students, community organizations, and others with whom we work.


  • Provide SpidersEngage back-end administrative support for CCE teams, including the following:
    • review and editincoming volunteer opportunity submissions from local area organizations, following up with them as necessary
    • Monitor SpidersEngage Help email inbox and respond to userquestions
    • Format and upload volunteer data from other systems into SpidersEngage
    • Create and distribute SpidersEngage reports as needed to support CCE teams in managing volunteers
  • Serve as SpidersEngage representative for students, helping to onboard students new to the system, troubleshooting, gathering feedback, and advocating for changes students want to see in the system
  • Track, test, and report on software vendor product updates.
  • Create and execute test scenarios to understand and document software functionality.
  • Assist in the ongoing development and maintenance of SpidersEngage training and reference materials for internal and external stakeholders.
  • Assist in producing a monthly newsletter for SpidersEngage system administrators and CCE volunteer managers
  • Perform end-of-semester audits and data cleanup projects as required.
  • Other duties as assignedby CCE Operations team staff.


  • Proven ability to learn new software programs with ease. Experience working with volunteer management systems a plus.
  • Demonstrated ability to understand and document a business process or workflow.
  • Superior analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to independently investigate a problem, research possible solutions,and determine the best course of action.
  • Superior written and oral communication skills; ability to clearly articulate a problem and explain the solution in layman’s terms.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel.
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Strong initiative and follow-through.
  • Interest in integrating the work of the University with work in the community.
  • Customer service and/or help desk experiencea plus.

For more information, please contact Christine Most at