Office of Student Life

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MISL Program

Are you an undergraduate student interested in going into the field of Student Affairs and want a hands on, engaging, and immersive experience working in Student Life?

The Mentorship Initiative for Student Life (MISL) is The Ohio State University’s Office of Student Life summer term immersion program for undergraduates interested in careers in Student Affairs and Student Life. 

It is a residential, 8-week, internship program that recruits students from a national pool of applicants to come work and live as a cohort on Ohio State’s Columbus campus. 

Interns are selected based on their Student Affairs career interests, merit, and program fit and are given the opportunity to explore, learn, and engage with Student Affairs professionals at The Ohio State University. This is done through two key pieces: placement in one of the Office of Student Life’s 30+ functional areas with one on one direction and attention with senior level higher education professionals as well as weekly professional development activities that focus on preparing items for graduate school and developing professional skills in the field of student affairs. This involves developing, writing, research, and presentation skills; strengthening cultural, multicultural, and global citizenship, competency skills; working on personal, academic, and career goals as well as prepping for the Graduate Records Examination. For a full description of the MISL program, please read the program description document located on the right-hand side of this page. 

Want to talk with someone about this program? Email and we’ll get back with you. 

*Please note that the MISL opportunity is for undergraduates only. Application and acceptance in this program in no way guarantees a GAA position, however it is an excellent CV and resume builder. The GAA application process is a separate application and interview process. 

Want to apply?

Learn about the application process and our program partner, the National Undergraduate Fellows Program. Follow the steps for application on the NASPA website. 


Take a look at the Capstone Video created by our 2015 MISL students to learn more about their experience. If you like what you see, read more! 

Video created by: Kurubel Belay, Tim Bryson, Daniel Ginn, Michael Golden, Matt Lindberg, Javi Rodriguez, Kurt Turner, Natalie Vang, Michelle Yang, 2015 MISL Class


MISL Staff