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Become an ICA

So, what exactly is an intercultural aide? 

Intercultural aides (ICAs) live and work in residence halls to build genuine relationships across difference. They collaborate with Residence Education and Housing Services (REHS) staff (i.e., resident assistants, or RAs) to build community on their floors and within their buildings. 

ICAs strive to be academic and social role models by promoting intercultural engagement, sense of belonging and well-being, and academic success. They work on diverse and collaborative teams to lead their peers in weekly sociocultural conversations and nurture learning in community with diverse peoples and perspectives. ICAs also help students connect personally, socially and intellectually to pursue a sense of purpose and engage more holistically with their campus, community, and world. 

What we’re looking for in candidates: 

  • Eagerness and interest in working and interacting with diverse peoples 
  • Willingness to embrace a posture of learning
  • Experience living in a residence hall for at least one (1) semester 
  • Open-mindedness towards new ideas and different perspectives 
  • Interest in personal and professional growth & development 
  • Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 
  • Previous leadership experience 
  • Consciousness of self, others, and context 
  • A joyful enthusiasm to doing hard work! 

  • If you feel you possess these qualities, complete this application!

    Complete the application below to be considered for either a mid-year or 2018–2019 ICA position. 

    The deadline to apply for a mid-year ICA position is Friday, November 17, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. (First-year students are NOT eligible to apply for a mid-year opening.) And the deadline to apply for a 2018–2019 ICA position is Friday, December 29, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. 

    I want to be considered for
    First Name
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    Have you lived in the residence halls before?
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    Unofficial Transcript

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    Please upload your résumé.

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    Letter of Recommendation

    Please send the link below to a professional reference who is willing to write a letter of recommendation on your behalf. We consider professional references to be a professor, a counselor, a supervisor or an academic advisor. We expect letters of recommendation to be on official letterhead. We will NOT allow letters of recommendations from your peers or family members. 


    Please inform your professional reference that letters of recommendation (LORs) for mid-year applications will be DUE by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, November 17th. 

    LORs for AY18–19 applications will be DUE by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, December 29th.

    Reflection Questions

    In the mruleICA program, we reflect…a lot. As part of our application process, we ask that you critically reflect on the following questions. Your answers will help us get a better sense of who you are, so please be as honest and open as possible. 

    Why are you interested in becoming an ICA?
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    What leadership experiences have you had to prepare you to serve as an ICA? What do you believe to be some of your strongest leadership qualities?
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    Define “intercultural engagement” from your perspective. How might this understanding impact you in your role as an ICA?
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    What time commitments (ex. student group memberships, work, research lab, internships) will you have next semester or year?
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    Identify a campus resource that you have used and share how this helped you in your academic and/or social success at MSU.
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    Share your experience (s) with events or program planning within a team/group. What was the event(s) and what role(s) did you play on the team/group?
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    Have you had experience with MRULE (Multi-Racial Unity Living Experience) Roundtable Discussions? If yes, what, if anything, did you gain/learn from it?
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    What experiences have you had interacting with people (work, friendships, family, networks, service) of different backgrounds than yourself (based on race, country, ethnicity, social class, religion, sexual orientation, disabilities, gender, geography, etc.)?
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