Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: G0056 / Academic Intern
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Non-Exempt
Grade: 06

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.


Undertakes an academic internship designed to provide on-the-job training and experience to a high school upperclassmen or recent graduate. Learns under the guidance, mentorship and close supervision of professional staff and/or faculty within an academic setting and/or applied field of learning. Performs a range of on-going activities and assigned tasks requiring knowledge of a defined technical, operational, professional, and/or research area. Receives training and mentorship in planning and carrying out activities and assignments. This is a fixed-term position, typically up to 12 months.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Under direct supervision of senior professional staff and/or faculty, provides entry-level professional support services in a specialty field, as appropriate to the day-to-day operating objectives of the unit.
  2. Assists in the planning and implementation of assigned projects; participates in projects and programs designed to develop professional skills and expertise appropriate to the needs of the organization.
  3. Uses acquired knowledge and skill to carry out and complete project activities.
  4. May undertake related academic studies or enrichment programs as appropriate to the specific objectives of the operating unit.
  5. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Currently enrolled in high school or must have obtained high school diploma no greater than 24 months prior to hire date.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Ability to understand and follow specific instructions and procedures.
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team environment.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Knowledge of or familiarity with defined area of operational/administrative/technical specialty.
  • Ability to successfully interact with faculty and/or staff in a team environment.

Conditions of Employment

  • Must be age 16 or older at date of hire; must be in the care of a parent or guardian if under the age of 18.
  • Employees who provide services or work in patient care or clinical areas are required to be in compliance with the University's influenza vaccination requirement.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • Work may on occasion involve exposure to potentially dangerous materials and situations that may require following extensive safety precautions and may include the use of protective equipment.
  • Work may be performed in a typical interior laboratory (Biosafety level 1 or lower)/office environment.
  • Light physical effort. Requires handling of average-weight objects up to 10 pounds or some standing or walking. Effort applies to no more than two (2) hours per day.
  • Depending on the nature of the position, duties may require exposure to unusual weather conditions and/or elements.
  • The employee will be accompanied by an appropriate supervisor at all times while in a laboratory or research setting.
  • High school students may not participate in or observe any research pertaining to live vertebrate animals.

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

Revised Date: 10/31/2020