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Become an ICA

So, what exactly is an intercultural aide? 

Intercultural Aides (ICAs) are undergraduate student staff members who live and work in the residence halls to help students make successful social, cultural, and academic transitions to MSU. MSU students come from many different backgrounds, cultural experiences, and parts of the world. When first entering MSU, it is can be an overwhelming experience. Therefore, ICAs are responsible for providing individualized student contact, informing students about campus resources, and implementing engaged learning opportunities in the different neighborhoods on campus for students to interact across difference and build genuine inclusive community. 

What we’re looking for in candidates: 

  • Eagerness and interest in working and interacting with diverse peoples 
  • Interest in learning about the many diverse cultures and peoples of MSU’s community 
  • Experience living in a residence hall for at least one 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 
  • Integrity and maturity 
  • A positive and enthusiastic attitude! 

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

    Complete the application below to be considered for either a mid-year or 2017–2018 ICA position. 

    The deadline to apply for a mid-year ICA position is Friday, November 18, 2016 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 2017–2018 ICA position is Friday, December 31, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. 

    I want to be considered for
    First Name
    Last Name
    PIDe.g., A12345678
    Phone Number
    Residence Halle.g., Shaw Hall
    Room No.
    Home Address
    Zip Code
    Date of Birth
    No. Credits Completed
    Cum. GPA
    Semester GPA
    Unofficial Transcript

    Use the button below to upload your "unofficial" transcript. 

    Please upload your résumé.

    Use the button below to upload your résumé. Make sure it's current with the most up to date information. 

    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 

    will be DUE by 11:59 p.m. on December 31st.

    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 “interculturalism” 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 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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    Describe any “cross-cultural” activities you have participated in while at MSU. What did you learn from them?
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