Digital Leadership Academy

What is the Digital Leadership Academy?

The Division of Information Technology is looking for a select group of motivated and serious students to be part of the new Digital Leadership Academy. This new program aims to help students become well-rounded individuals who will graduate with real-world professional skills and earn micro-credential badges to prove it. 

Students will learn basic IT fundamentals, develop analytic and professional skills, work collaboratively on projects with a team, deliver professional presentations, and more. 

Multiple positions are available across a variety of disciplines: 

  • Cyber Security 

  • Network & Telecommunications 

  • Customer Service 

  • Servers 

  • Programming / Development 

  • Data 

  • Computer Repair & Support 

  • Accessibility & UX/UI 

  • Infrastructure 

  • and more 

Students are expected to work a minimum of 15 hours a week with a maximum of 28 hours per week during the semester (20 for international students). Students are typically scheduled during normal business hours (8am to 5pm, Monday through Friday). 

Microcredential Badges:

Microcredentials are small certifications given for knowledge and demonstration of specific skills. Once earned, the microcredentials are awarded as digital badges that can be added to LinkedIn profiles, Microsoft Teams, and other platforms. 

The process of earning microcredential badges will teach students real-world professional skills that will make them more marketable as graduates in the job market. 

Badges can be earned for various skills within these topics: 

  • Customer Service 

  • Phone Technical Support 

  • Cyber Security 

  • Computer Repair 

  • Networking & Telecommunications 

  • Accessibility & UX/UI 

  • Infrastructure 

  • Development 

  • Data Analysis 

  • Training 

  • Change Management 

  • and more 

How to Apply:

Interested students can apply on Handshake. Applications must include a resume and cover letter. A letter of recommendation is also strongly suggested. 

Please include the following information within your cover letter: 

  • Your projected graduation date 

  • Your potential availability during breaks (fall / spring / summer) 

  • NOTE: Template-based cover letters are easily recognized and may eliminate you from consideration ... DO NOT USE THEM 

All undergraduate students, of any major, are welcome to apply. Preference will be given to freshmen and sophomore students. 

Qualifications: 

  • Preference given to Freshmen and Sophomore-level students 

  • Ability to communicate in a professional and courteous manner with a diverse set of people 

  • Ability to conduct quality research 

  • Ability to deliver professional presentations to high-ranking university officials 

  • Follow through on tasks and quickly respond to requests 

  • Adapt to new processes and procedures