The Benefits of Taking up a Leadership Position in a Student Org

by MSC Student Life intern, Maikoau


Many students walk into college not expecting to get involved in student organizations. Of those that do get involved, only few take up an executive board, or e-board, position within their org. Of course, with this responsibility comes dedication and time commitment but it is definitely worth it. Whether you are involved in a student organization or Greek organization, you can make a difference within your org and on campus just by contributing your time and dedication.

Here is a list of benefits from holding an E-board position within your organization.

  1. Sense of self/belonging

Being involved in an organization helps you find your place on campus. Because our campus is so huge, it is often difficult for students to find where they fit in. But as part of the e-board for an organization, you are able to find yourself as well as establish a purpose for yourself. A student organization provides you with a support system and a close bond with many others who may share the same aspirations as you.

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  1. Professionalism

In the real world, it is important to be professional. But let’s talk facts; no one is born with perfect professional skills. You gain them through experience and practice. Holding an e-board position in an organization is a way in which you are able to practice your professional skills and get critiques on how to improve. The more experience you have in a professional environment, the more skills you pick up along the way that will prepare you for post-college.

  1. The Power to Make Big Change

An e-board position allows you to bring awareness to what you want to see change in the community and on campus. As an e-board member, you are able to guide your organization in the direction that will promote its existence.

  1. Give Back to Your Campus

One major gain you get from being on the e-board is the opportunity to make an impact. Your group will be assisting you as you work towards your organization’s goals and take action. Leading your organization to making a change on campus will not only benefit the student body but your organization as well because the impact that you leave will be remembered. You will develop many followers who look up to you and be a leader.

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I personally, have benefitted so much from my involvement in student organizations I can speak for any of these five benefits. One of my current positions as Treasurer of the Multicultural Greek Council has allowed me to network and improve on my leadership skills. Although this does take up a lot of my time, I would not do anything differently. I was challenged to manage my time which has taught me to prioritize and work on my organization.


Getting involved in leadership positions within student organizations have many more benefits than just the ones I mentioned. You also enhance your communication skills along the way as well as being able to inspire other students. And if you are not involved in any student organizations, I highly suggest you start exploring. One way to start is checking out the Multicultural Student Center which houses many multicultural student organizations. Feel free to visit our website for more information on how to get involved and check out CFLI, the Center for Leadership and Involvement, or log into WIN, the Wisconsin Involvement Network, and search through the different student orgs on campus.

Job Board for February 3, 2014

Note: The UW Multicultural Student Center Job Board is routinely posted every Friday.  Due to unforeseen circumstances, last week’s Job Board has been posted today, Monday, February 3, 2014.  Sorry for any inconvenience.

Field Support Technician at Actuant Corporation

Application Due: N/A

Description: The Actuant businesses are leaders in a broad array of niche markets including branded hydraulic and electrical tools and supplies; specialized products and services for energy markets and highly engineered position and motion control systems. Provide onsite and telephone support for customers to commission new products and supervise operation of existing systems. This Enerpac business in Columbus, WI is adding a Field Support Technician to their team. Responsibilities include reporting to the Engineering & Operations Leader, this position significantly contributes to training, service and support of mechanical systems primarily on customer job sites, but also in the office via telephone and during assembly and testing of systems. Continue reading

Job Board: January 17, 2014

Student Service Coordinator, Assistant Director at Multicultural Student Center

Application Due: January 24, 2014

Description: The primary mission of the Multicultural Student Center is: To collaboratively strengthen and sustain an inclusive campus where all students, particularly students of color and other historically underserved students, are engaged and can realize an authentic Wisconsin Experience. The applicant must be committed to social justice and work in collaboration with students and staff in the development of a more inclusive environment. Responsibilities include managing and supervising MSC Leadership and Involvement Staff and collaborating with related outreach programs.

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Job Board January 10, 2014

Student Service Coordinator, Assistant Director at Multicultural Student Center

Application Due: January 24, 2014

Description: The primary mission of the Multicultural Student Center is: To collaboratively strengthen and sustain an inclusive campus where all students, particularly students of color and other historically underserved students, are engaged and can realize an authentic Wisconsin Experience. The applicant must be committed to social justice and work in collaboration with students and staff in the development of a more inclusive environment. Responsibilities include managing and supervising MSC Leadership and Involvement Staff and collaborating with related outreach programs.

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Job Board: December 6th, 2013

Student Service Coordinator, Assistant Director at Multicultural Student Center

Application Due: January 24, 2013

Job Description: Must be committed to social justice and work in collaboration with students and staff in the development of a more inclusive environment. Managing and supervising MSC Leadership and Involvement Staff. Collaborating with related outreach programs. Other duties to be performed when assigned.

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Job Board: November 22, 2013

UW Madison-School of Business, Managing Editor

Application Due: December 13, 2013

Job Description: Persons in this position will work closely with the Integrated Marketing Communication unit and other faculty and staff within the Wisconsin School of Business. Main focuses will be on editorial content management for communications, including working on the Wisconsin School of Business alumni magazine, Update magazine.

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Weekend Job Board 9/27

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Communications Intern, SWIB State of Wisconsin Investment Board

SWIB is seeking a student intern to work with the Public Information Officer (PIO). The intern will work up to 40 hours during the summer and 10-15 hours during the school year. This internship provides an opportunity to work on a variety of communication projects as well as become familiar with public policy issues.

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