Student Program Assistant - Events

Position Summary: 

We are seeking a Student Program Assistant to support the major events and programs hosted by Africa House and affiliate Development Research Institute (DRI) during the 2019/2020 academic year. Some of these events may include the annual DRI conference, the biennial Africa House Gala, our Presidential Forum, and other forums or seminars to bring together high-profiled individuals in the global African development community.

In this position, the student would not only be able to learn more about what goes on behind the scenes at Africa House and the Development Research Institute, but they would also be able to interact with the various high-profiled and widely respected speakers and guests that attend our events. It is also a great opportunity to network and get to know the members of the NYU community that are affiliated with Africa House. For more information about our upcoming and past events, visit our events page as well as the Development Research Institute’s.

Our ideal candidate is a committed, dependable, and highly-motivated NYU student with proven ability to work independently and effectively in a professional environment. We are looking for a problem-solver who is more than happy to tackle some of the logistical issues that could arise in this position, as well as a strategic, detail-oriented, and creative individual to be part of our multicultural and interdisciplinary team.


  • Supplies and inventory management

  • Event prep, set-up, and break down

  • Managing event attendance and check-in table

  • Drafting event reminders to send out to our mailing list

  • Drafting final promotional content for social media

  • Working with NYU facilities, Kimmel Services, and Catering services

  • Faculty, guest, and speaker management and support

  • Manage AV materials such event slideshows, speaker presentations, videos, music, etc.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • An interest in African or Africana Studies, International Affairs, Economic Development, Sociology, African Development, etc.

  • Past attendance at one of our events 


Salary is $20 per hour depending on skills and experience. This position would ideally begin on the Monday before the event in order to give the Student Program Assistant a chance to be involved with the event management and planning. Exact work dates would be provided after the beginning of the Fall semester and updated as events are confirmed. The Student Program Assistant would be required to attend the event, which would typically be in the evening and ideally would be available several hours before the event start time to assist in set-up. Exact hours would be mutually agreed upon, depending on the student’s availability and the date and time of the event.

To Apply: Please submit a brief cover letter here specifically addressing how you have been involved with Africa House in the past, your work availability (please indicate evening, daytime, and weekends), and tell us why you would want to be on our events team, along with your resume by August 31, 2019. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.