Rosenberg STEP for Students
Work experience through the STEP program equips students with the technical and interpersonal skills needed to succeed in a variety of disciplines and workplaces. As a STEP student, you’ll hone your abilities in communication, leadership, teamwork, and innovation while building a professional network of mentors and managers.
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Things to Know Before You Apply
STEP students are required to attend a series of professional development workshops hosted by the Center for Career Equity, Development & Success. These workshops are focused on topics including, but not limited to: building a professional brand, using your STEP experience to expand your professional network, and reflecting on how students might foster greater career equity and access through their experiences.
You will also be involved in these types of activities:
- Supervision and performance review processes
- Individual journaling and/or reading assignments
- Networking events with STEP mentors, managers, and peers
Your STEP placement may last between two and eight semesters at Suffolk University. Placements typically occur May through August, but there are opportunities to work over summer or winter breaks.
Depending on your area of interest or expertise, you may be placed in one of several on-campus departments. These may include the Technology Support Centers (in Sargent Hall, the Stahl Center, the Sawyer Building, etc.) or the IT Service Desk or Media Services group at Sargent Hall. We encourage you to review the general STEP page for additional examples of STEP positions.
The pay rate for STEP students is tiered to encourage your professional development and continued participation in the program throughout your Suffolk career. Pay increases will be granted after 12 months of employment and completion of a respective tier’s professional development objectives. Your supervisor will work with you to develop an appropriate annual professional development plan.
How to Apply
During STEP recruiting periods, students can sign into their Suffolk Handshake account to search for and apply to Rosenberg STEP positions. STEP positions will be posted under the employer “Suffolk University ITS”.
If your application is selected, you'll receive an email inviting you to interview with the STEP program manager. If you have specific questions about STEP or would like more information, please email Dahlia Bryan.
Team Effectiveness Charter
STEP students have collaboratively crafted the STEP Team Effectiveness Charter, outlining tailored guidelines for achieving success in the program from the distinctive perspective of the students:
- BUILD TRUST
Be trustworthy, extend trust to others, and commit to the problem or idea.
- RESPECT OTHERS
Be respectful and trust one another.
- ACTIVELY LISTEN
Critique the idea, not the person. Show empathy and fully listen before adding your own ideas.
- BE ACCOUNTABLE
Be there for your teammates, know what you’re supposed to be doing, and commit.
- TURN CONFLICT INTO COLLABORATION
Be clear, open, and willing to communicate. Give and take feedback as an opportunity to improve.
Feel free to voice your opinions and stretch beyond your comfort zone.
- BE PREPARED
Be mentally and physically present and always give your full effort.
- PARTICIPATE & COLLABORATE
Always be helpful to the team and come ready to participate.
- PRACTICE PROFESSIONAL ETIQUETTE
Set an agenda. Be on time. Meet your deadlines.
- MAINTAIN SELF-CARE
Be aware of your own needs and remember to take care of yourself. Your well-being is your first and most important job.
- RESPECT FOR TIME
Punctuality and active communication are vital. Set clear schedules for meetings/deadlines and adhering to them.