Get Involved. Make the Most of I-House.

The I-House Program Office is here to create opportunities for residents to foster intercultural friendships and have fun through signature I-House events, student-initiated programs, trips and activities.

We accomplish this by working in collaboration with I-House residents, Resident Council, the Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership, Resident Services and the greater UC Berkeley Community in order to build meaningful connections between I-House and its many stakeholders.

We will update this page with opportunities as they arise throughout the year. 

Looking forward to working with you! 


First review of application materials will be Monday, May 21, 2018. Applicants must be a current UC Berkeley student (graduate or undergraduate) and I-House Resident to apply. International students must have permission to work in the U.S. Work study accepted. Successful candidates will be subjected to a background check, which may affect their ability to be hired.

Job Description:

International House Program Assistants (PAs) work to foster the I-House mission through the design and implementation of educational, cultural and social programs for I-House residents, non-resident UC Berkeley students, UC Berkeley international students and scholars, and the greater community. Program Assistants will have the opportunity to take on a wide variety of roles throughout the year and build skills in event planning, stage production, marketing, customer service, administrative support, intercultural communication, and leadership. Program Assistants work events and trips and also hold weekly office hour shifts at the Program Office. 

Main Responsibilities

  • Organizing and assisting with event set-up, registration, serving refreshments, check-in and loading for bus trips, backstage production during shows, and clean-up 
  • Welcoming, including, and getting to know residents during events and trips
  • During office hour shifts, performing administrative tasks in preparation for events and covering the front desk reception of the Program Office and assisting residents as needed
  • Promoting events and activities by creating flyers, posting on social media, in-person outreach, and maintaining the bulletin boards
  • Keeping informed and up-to-date with current offerings and policies and effectively communicating these opportunities to residents
  • Program Assistants are expected to take on the role of MC (Master of Ceremonies) at least once during the year for Sunday Supper, Resident Concert, or Global Homecoming
  • Program Assistants are also required to take a lead role in organizing a Community Building Event at least once during the year

Time Commitment

Program Assistants work approximately 6-15 hours per week, depending upon the number and scale of current events. All Program Assistants are required to hold office hours for a minimum of 3 hours (no shifts shorter than 2 hours, 3 hours shifts are preferable) and attend the weekly Program Office staff meetings (typically held Fridays at 3-4:30pm). Evening and weekend shifts such as fitness classes, Coffee Hour, and trips and major events will be assigned during staff meetings. Successful Program Assistants are able to balance responsibilities of the job with their academics and social life.


Training of Program Assistants is done by I-House staff, experienced Program Assistants, and occasionally outside individuals. Program Assistants receive training both in the practical aspects of planning and executing programs and in issues related to working in a culturally diverse environment. Program Office professional staff will guide and advise you in your work, as you grow through hands-on experience. PAs are compensated for time spent on all student staff training. Program Assistants at required to undergo 4-hour mandatory CPR training after selection in order to work off-site trips and activities with residents.

Supervision and Evaluation

Program Assistants are jointly supervised by the three professional staff of the Program Office. At the end of each semester, Program Assistants complete self-evaluations and are given feedback by peers and professional staff. Employment as a Program Assistant may be terminated at any time during the semester for unsatisfactory performance.


Program Assistants earn an hourly rate of $13.75/hour and can work up to 47 hours per month. Payment is made every two weeks upon approval of timesheets submitted through Caltime. 

Necessary Skills and Experience

  • Belief in I-House Mission and a strong desire to build community among I-House Residents
  • Ability to keep calm and continue effective work during high-pressure situations 
  • Strong teamwork skills, willingness to help and support peers with assigned tasks
  • Initiative and self-motivation to work independently with minimal supervision and take ownership and responsibility of tasks and projects
  • Positive, energetic attitude and the flexibility and resourcefulness to work well with uncertainty and ambiguity
  • Strong communication skills (written, in-person, email)
  • Awareness and understanding of differences in personality, culture, and background of team members and residents
  • Ability to actively include and get to know residents and fellow PAs 
  • Strong time management skills to effectively balance your role as a PA with academics, social life, and being an I-House resident
  • Fluency on Microsoft Office Suite and Google Suite 

Bonus Skills

  • Experience in photography, especially event photography
  • Experience in graphic design, especially Canva
  • Experience with video editing
  • Experience with sound/light production for concerts, shows, or theater