Leadership Paraprofessionals

As a member of the Illinois Leadership Center (ILC) team, Leadership Paraprofessionals (LP) work in peer-led teams to provide support for ILC’s programs and services.  LP’s are interviewed and selected for one ILC team: Customer Service, Marketing, Programming, Leadership Education, Assessment and Research.

Expectations: All LP’s are expected to attend mandatory orientations & trainings, serve as a positive representative for the ILC, and conduct themselves with professionalism.  Ideal candidates will have the ability to work in a team environment, demonstrate interest & enthusiasm for leadership education, exhibit a strong work ethic, and possess the necessary skills for the success on their assigned team.

Hours: Leadership Paraprofessionals work hours vary between 5-10 hours/week based on employee availability, team needs, and special projects.

Application Process:  We will begin the hiring process for our Fall Team in the Spring Semester. When available, you'll be able to access the application here.

Outcomes:  As a result of being employed in the ILC, all student employees will

  • Enhance personal communication skills (oral, written, and listening)
  • Develop an appreciation for diversity
  • Demonstrate effective teamwork and collaboration skills
  • Exercise responsible independence
  • Develop leadership skills and competencies
  • Employ effective customer service
  • Increase career readiness

Graf Internship

If you are looking for a pre-professional work opportunity that allows you to plan, organize, and facilitate activities and programs while developing your leadership skills, consider applying for the Graf Internship. The Graf Internship is limited to four students per academic year. Graf Interns are responsible for overseeing the logistics and administration of the Leadership Center's I-programs, as well as other office priorities such as marketing, yearly intern recruitment, and outreach.

A former student leader, John Graf and his wife Maureen created the Graf Internship Program for current Illinois students. As an Illinois student, John was involved in Student Alumni Association, Student Organization Resource Fee Board, Volunteer Illini Projects, Student Government, Mortar Board, and Greek Affairs. John had to work throughout his college years at the same time that he was an involved student leader. He gave this gift to provide students who need to work the opportunity to develop their skills in the Leadership Center environment.


  • Minimum 2.8 grade point average
  • Familiarity with the Illinois Leadership Center through previous program participation or enrollment in a leadership course
  • Junior or Senior standing during the term of the Internship
  • Available to work 15 hours per week from mid August - mid May 

Interns earn $9.00 per hour.

Graduate Assistantships (GA)

The Graduate Assistant(s) at the Illinois Leadership Center serve as a member of the Illinois Leadership Center staff. Our GAs work closely with the professional and student staff at the Center. Typically, the Center employs two Graduate Assistants per year enrolled in programs within the College of Education.

Responsibilities of our Graduate Assistants include: Assist with the coordination of i-Programs and LeaderShape, advise student employees, plan collaborative programs & workshops with various academic and student affairs departments, and facilitate workshops as needed.

Professional Staff Positions

Professional staff within the Center have experience in leadership education and leadership development, and often possess a background in higher education administration.  All employment vacancies, when they occur, are posted at the University of Illinois employment website.