whether its on-campus or off, the activity management program (amp), our student-led leadership program, has your all-access pass to more than 150 events each year. live bands, comedians, trapeze school, snow tubing, casino nights, talent shows, battle of the bands, magicians, movies, trips to amusement parks—you name it, amp makes it happen!
amp is more than an event-planning group. amp is also a leadership development program that provides training in the various technical, facilitation, and judgment skills necessary to become an event planning professional.
you'll learn problem solving and management skills you can use after graduation, whether you become a professional event planner/dj or a enter a different career. no experience or prerequisites are required other than a willingness to learn, an open-minded attitude and a desire to host the highest quality events. students apply for this leadership position, which runs through the academic year, in the fall.
interested in joining the amp student leadership staff? here is a general overview of what you can expect from our leadership program:
all of the activities and events that are run through the office of campus activities are student planned and run with administrative guidance. if you’re a leader with amp, you are one of the planners.
at the beginning of the fall semester amp sends out emails about our upcoming information sessions. at the sessions you can learn more in depth about the program and you will get to talk with current leaders. there will be an application deadline and after that you will have an interview with two or three of the current amp leaders.
after the new staff members are accepted they will have fall break training and will stay on campus throughout the week to gain the skills they will need for planning trips and events. throughout the rest of the fall semester you will have a few weekend trainings.
training is a chance for you to gain skills that will help you be successful in the program. you will bond with your training group and learn how to really work in a group environment. different trainings you will have are learning to plan a trip or event and the different details that are needed to make these successful, sound and lighting skills, some of the other programs and how to deal with emergency situations.
amp is a full time position. the trips and events take a week or two to plan and some of the larger events take longer. there are weekly staff meetings and every staff member in amp has a role, or a certain part of the program that they are in charge of, in order to keep the program running smoothly. some examples are social media, website, data assessment, staff play (yes, that’s right folks we get to have our own fun!) and many more.
besides a lot of friends, you will gain the skills needed to plan on and off campus events. a lot of our on campus events require an elaborate stage set up, for these events you will learn to work with our sound and lighting systems. we are also really into personal growth so we keep track of each other, making sure that we are constantly getting challenged and using creativity for our events and trips. as being a part of amp you also gain a sense of responsibility for your participants, making sure they are safe and also a responsibility to give campus a fun event or trip.