Want to be an AB Student Coordinator?


Want to be a Alternative Breaks Student Coordinator?

Student Coordinators are vital to the success of Wellesley's Alternative Breaks (AB) program. Coordinators will be responsible for reaching out to community partners and securing service sites for all four Alternative Breaks, as well as coordinating housing and transportation for each Break.  Student Coordinators will play an integral role in creating and maintaining leadership structures for the Alternative Breaks program, in keeping with the Break Away philosophy.  This is a paid position at the Center for Work and Service, reporting to the Service Program Director. The time commitment is approximately 10 hours per week during the academic year. No previous AB experience is required to become a Student Coordinator, although familiarity with community involvement and demonstrated leadership abilities are strongly preferred. 

General Qualifications:

  • Experience with Alternative Breaks and/or service
  • Interest in student life, student activities, and program management
  • Previous experience with group facilitation and training
  • Strong written communication skills
  • Experience with Microsoft Office and web design software (or a willingness to learn)
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Interest in the public service/nonprofit sector
  • Ability to multi-task and self-direct


Student Coordinator Responsibilities:

  • Maintain the AB websites and social media outlets
  • Design content and Alternative Break publicity
  • Conduct AB info sessions and interviews for participants and site leaders
  • Facilitate site leader orientation and trainings
  • Initiate and maintain relationships with Community Partners
  • Coordinate AB transportation and housing
  • Advise AB Site Leaders
  • Oversee Break Away membership and utilize resources available through membership
  • Serve as a site leader at Day to Make a Difference
  • May require some remote summer work
  • Maintain regular office hours
  • Attend regular meeting with Service Program Director
  • Manage online application process for Site Leaders and Participants



  • Paid position, $10 per hour
  • Opportunity to attend a Break Away Alternative Breaks Citizenship School over the summer
  • Option to participate in a Wellesley College Alternative Break



Student Coordinator Short Essay Questions

MyCWS Schedule Number:  1110
Short essay responses of 100-200 words should respond to all of the following questions (note: NOT a letter format):

1. Why do you want to be a student coordinator for the Alternative Breaks Prorgram and what do you hope to gain from your experience?
2. Do you have any experience with community engagement or service?  If yes, please describe. (Be sure to mention any previous Alternative Break experience, if applicable.)
3. Tell us about a social justice issue are you most passionate about and why?
4. What qualities characterize successful partnerships?  How does your work style promote these qualities?
5. Describe a time where you had to manage a complex process or program. What did you learn and what was challenging?
6. What other commitments do you have next year?


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Colleen Calcagni
Administrative Assistant

Katie Koski
Program Director, Service

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