Student Voices - Student Employment Initiative, University of Texas at Brownsville

Initiated in Fall 2005, the Student Employment Initiative (SEI) provides on-campus paid internship opportunities in a student’s program of study above and beyond traditional work-study. SEI recognizes the compelling need of students to work while attending college, thereby integrating students into the campus environment, adding value to a student’s educational experience, and placing them in positions where they can grow as professionals and gain early exposure to a career or research in a field of interest. Latinos represent 93% of UTB students.

SEI’s mission to increase student retention and timely graduation has created meaningful work opportunities for students that facilitate learning and professional development, leadership skills, student-faculty engagement, and rigorous academic expectations driving students to maintain momentum toward timely degree completion.