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Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: A3099 / Professional Intern
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Exempt
Grade: 09

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Under the close mentorship of professional staff and/or faculty within a specified operating unit of the University, undertakes a range of on-going activities and assigned projects of varying levels of professional complexity requiring knowledge and expertise gained through the completion of a relevant higher education degree. Working as a member of a professional team under the guidance of more senior professional personnel, directly interacts with colleagues and/or other internal/external constituencies in the planning and implementation of projects and in the execution of assigned projects and tasks. Department must target a specific, exempt position classification when hiring into the Professional Intern classification. This is a fixed-term (typically 1-2 years in duration) career-path position that is restricted to graduates of accredited university Bachelors or Masters programs who have obtained their degrees no earlier than 24 months prior to the date of hire.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Provides entry-level professional services, under supervision of more senior professional staff and/or faculty personnel, as appropriate to the day-to-day operating objectives of the unit.
  2. Undertakes and/or participates in projects and programs designed to develop professional skills and expertise appropriate to the needs of the organization.
  3. Participates in the planning and implementation of unit projects and initiatives within area of expertise.
  4. Interacts directly with colleagues, clientele, and/or other internal or external constituencies in the planning of assignments and the resolution of day-to-day operational problems.
  5. Receives guidance, training, and mentoring from professional personnel in planning and carrying out activities and assignments.
  6. As appropriate to the position and as specified by unit management, conducts original research and prepares reports based on findings, to include recommendations or alternative proposals for action.
  7. May provide day-to-day guidance and support to student employees and/or interns within area of specialty.
  8. May undertake related studies or enrichment programs as appropriate to the specific objectives of the operating unit.
  9. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Bachelor's or Master's degree; no previous work experience required.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Project planning skills.
  • Entry-level knowledge and skill at the Bachelors or Masters level within specified area of professional specialty.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to understand and follow complex, detailed technical instructions.
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team environment.

Distinguishing Characteristics

    Position requires: a) utilization of knowledge and skills developed during completion of a specified undergraduate degree program in the planning, development, and execution of assigned projects and task elements; b) interning under the mentorship of senior professional faculty and/or staff to develop experiential skills in an area of professional specialty; c) execution of integrated research, development of reports, and preparation of recommendations or alternative proposals for action; c) working as an active participant in the planning and implementation of unit projects and initiatives.

Conditions of Employment

  • Must present transcripts prior to a formal offer being extended.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • No or very limited physical effort required.
  • No or very limited exposure to physical risk.
  • Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 03/20/2017