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Volunteers & Interns

Volunteers and Interns are an integral part of the Rainbow Lounge and LGBTQIA Programs and Services. They help keep our Lounge orderly and friendly for all of its visitors. Volunteering is a great way to support the UMKC LGBTQIA community, meet new people, develop skills, and have fun.


Volunteers help establish an inclusive environment and welcome all who seek support. We appreciate and depend on our volunteers as they provide an invaluable support to LGBTQIA Programs & Services at UMKC.


Responsibilities May Include

  • Serve as first point of contact when students, faculty, staff, and visitors enter the Rainbow Lounge
  • Answer phones and maintain the Rainbow Lounge Library
  • Provide tours of the Rainbow Lounge, OSI/MSA, and Student Organization space to visitors
  • Provide resources and referral tools to students in need of extra support
  • Attend volunteer meetings
  • Assist in revising printed and online materials
  • Assist in researching topics on LGBTQIA related subjects
  • Organize materials for outreach programs such as Safe Space
  • Assist the LGBTQIA Programs & Services Staff with special events and project
  • Serve as a peer educator on campus LGBTQIA Speakers Bureau panels


Volunteers are asked to commit to a work schedule for the semester dictated by the amount of time they have available. Students are requested to work a minimum of one two-hour shift per week. Due to the important role that they play in the Rainbow Lounge, we ask that volunteers refrain from wearing ear buds/earphones while on duty. Volunteers may study and/or work on homework during their shift if they are not assigned to a specific project.


  • Must be an enrolled undergraduate, graduate, or professional student at UMKC
  • Must be willing to serve as a positive support resource for the LGBTQIA community
  • Must agree to treat others with respect and dignity
  • Must maintain confidentiality

Apply to be a Volunteer

Graduate Assistant

UMKC’s Division of Student Affairs has opportunities for graduate students who want to gain practical experience in an urban campus environment. The Division seeks to enhance students’ experiences at UMKC by providing vital co-curricular programs and support services that help students reach their academic goals. The Division of Student Affairs offers 10-month graduate assistantships.

Graduate Assistants in these highly competitive 10-month positions are an integral part of the Office of Student Involvement team. OSI Graduate Assistants are directly involved in the daily operations of Office of Student Involvement. Qualifications include excellent administrative, planning, organizational, communication (verbal and written), and computer skills. Candidates must be team-oriented, have initiative, be self-motivated and exceed expectations. Preference will be given to candidates who are interested in pursuing a career in Higher Education or other related fields, and have student leadership experience.


This position reports to the Assistant Director of LGBTQIA Programs and Services and is 20 hours a week for a 10 month appointment; this may include some evenings and weekend hours.

Specific Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Office of Student Involvement Graduate Assistant Responsibilities (20%)

  • Cover Office of Student Involvement desk responsibilities when work-study students are not available
  • Work assigned extended hours and opening coverage for OSI (as-needed)
  • Work tabling and other promotional events for the Office of Student Involvement at UMKC
  • Provide administrative support to Office of Student Involvement staff (as-needed)
  • Assist programming larger OSI initiatives including: Week of Welcome (August), Family Weekend (September), Founders Week (October), Court Warming (February), Rootopia (Spring), and Stress Less Fest (December and May)

LGBTQIA Programs and Services Responsibilities (80%)

  • Coordinate, schedule, record, and assess Peer Education workshops
  • In coordination with the Assistant Director: create, implement, and assess support programming like discussion groups and peer mentorship
  • Communicate and build relationships with faculty, staff, and student organizations in order to promote LGBTQIA outreach initiatives and trainings
  • Assist in facilitating Safe Space and LGBTQIA 101 programs for classrooms, organizations, or offices
  • Assist with the advising and support of UMKC LGBTQIA student organizations, leaders, and volunteers
  • Regularly attend student organization events and meetings
  • Facilitate LGBTQIA student organization retreats and team building workshops
  • Assist in the coordination of at least one educational program each month during the academic year
  • Assist with planning, organizing, and implementing the Lavender Graduate and Pride Awards Banquet
  • Coordinate publicity and promotion of LGBTQIA Programs and Services, through print, social media, and tabling opportunities


Applicants must have a:

  • Demonstrated leadership experience
  • Strong interest in mentoring and developing students
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse populations of students
  • Willingness to work evening and weekend hours
  • Excellent decision-making and time management skills
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective student, staff, and community relationships/partnerships
  • Graduate assistants must be enrolled in a minimum of 9 credit hours of graduate study at UMKC and must remain in good academic standing throughout the assistantship
  • Graduate assistants are hired for 10 months of employment at approximately 20 hours per week. Certain assistantships do require students to work in the evenings and weekends. Graduate Assistants are paid during student vacation periods and are expected to be available for work. Their academic careers are a priority and work schedules are set accordingly.



  • $800 per month for 10 months
  • 3 credit-hour remission with full-time enrollment
  • 20 hours a week
  • Flexible work schedule is promoted

Application Timeline

Applicants must submit the following items to be considered for the internship:

  • Completed application
  • Current CV/Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Brief essay indicating how this assistantship will further professional and academic interests
  • Three professional references

We are not currently accepting graduate assistant applications.

Summer Graduate Interns

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, and Asexual (LGBTQIA) Programs & Services offers a Summer Graduate Internship for a graduate student whose interests are to contribute to the field of LGBTQIA higher education.

The purpose of this position is to support LGBTQIA Programs & Services while gaining practical, hands-on experience. This position works to increase student involvement and to enhance students’ collegiate experience through collaboration with diverse populations of students, faculty, and staff.


This position reports to the Assistant Director of LGBTQIA Programs & Services and is approximately 35 hours a week over a two month period; this may include some evenings and weekend hours.

The summer graduate intern is responsible for the following:

  • Assist with the organization and planning of programs and events
  • Collaborate with LGBTQIA Programs & Services and Office of Student Involvement staff on special projects
  • Assist with updating and facilitating trainings and workshops
  • Assist with updating learning outcomes and assessment procedures
  • Learn fundamentals of campus LGBTQIA+ advocacy
  • Promote and represent LGBTQIA Programs & Services through events, marketing, and outreach activities
  • Assist with office support, such as answering phones, replying to emails, and attending staff meetings
  • Meet with Student Affairs Professionals on campus as set up by the Assistant Director
  • Take part in professional and personal development discussions and reflection opportunities


Applicants must:

  • Be enrolled in a Master’s or Doctoral program; Student Affairs, Higher Ed, or Counseling program  preferred
  • Have a genuine interest in LGBTQIA+ programs and services; foundational knowledge about the LGBTQIA+ community preferred
  • Be able to work with diverse populations of students and colleagues
  • Have effective communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills

Application Timeline

Hiring timeline for Summer Graduate Intern position:

  • February 21: Application due
  • March 2-6: Interviews
  • March 20: Position announced

Applicants must submit the following items to be considered for the internship:

  • Completed application, which includes:
    • Current CV/Resume
    • Copy of transcript from current institution
    • Brief response indicating how this internship will further professional and academic interests

Apply to be a Summer Graduate Assistant