UPEP Mission: Committed to social transformation, UPEP advances educational equity through on-site higher education, empirical research, and advocacy.
The University of Utah Prison Education Project (UPEP) seeks interns for the 2020-2021 academic year. All internships require 10 hours/week. The University of Utah Prison Education Project (UPEP) is a multidisciplinary effort providing on-site college curriculum and programming to three groups of students incarcerated in the Utah State Prison in Draper, one in a women’s facility (Timpanogos) and two in a men’s facilities (Wasatch & Lone Peak). Our mission is to assist incarcerated students and non-incarcerated volunteers to live lives of impact, both in prison and post-incarceration, by fostering academic excellence, leadership, and civic engagement.
All Interns will report to UPEP Directors, Dr.’s Cindy Fierros and Erin Castro, and work closely with the UPEP team. Attendance at monthly intern meetings is required.
The Communications and Engagement Intern will assist the Project in expanding its engagement with the campus community. Specifically, the intern will lead our first themed-event week during Spring semester and complete tasks related to communications, including but not limited to the tasks listed below:
- Design a themed-event schedule with a minimum of four events (with at least one happening in Fall 2020) inclusive of all logistics in regards to space, marketing, fliers, and dissemination/recruitment. There is no budget for this series and so the events will need to be free. Ideas include: screening free films (13th, Feminist on Cell Block Y, etc.), putting together a panel of people to discuss issues related to higher education in prison, hosting a brown bag lunch session where Utah Prisoner Advocate Network (or related org) come and talk about their mission, among other ideas. There are additional students with whom you should meet who are working on the related area of fundraising to ensure there is no overlap. The final schedule should be completed by end of October.
- Coordinate one fall event for University of Utah and SLC community members that bring awareness to issues of mass incarceration and higher education in prison.
- Coordinate the Summitting New Heights Lecture Series. This includes identifying and reaching out to potential presenters, creating and distributing flyers, and organizing details regarding guests and clearances.
- Support the UPEP newsletter team. This includes gathering and organizing material to published, light editing, and familiarity with Adobe.
- Each week gather newspapers from campus (e.g., New York Times, USA Today, SL Tribune, and Desert News) for UPEP students and coordinate pick up with Teaching and Learning Lab Assistants.
All applicants should be highly motivated, dependable, and able to check email at least every 48 hours. Applicants should not hold any ill feelings or biases towards people with incarceration histories. We strongly encourage individuals directly impacted by incarceration to apply.
Minimum Qualifications and Requirements
- Current undergraduate student at the University of Utah with good academic standing.
- Commit to approximately 10 hours of work per week for the 2020-2021 academic year, with 3-5 hours in the UPEP office on campus.
- Participate in UPEP orientation in August 2020 and January 2021 (Date: TBD) and attend once-per-month intern meeting during Fall and Spring semesters.
- Attend Summitting New Heights lectures at the prison (should you meet the criteria to enter the prison).
- While not required, we strongly encourage you to register for Gender 3640: Race, Gender, and Incarceration in Fall 2020.
To apply, please send the following to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- Cover letter addressing why you want to intern with UPEP and highlighting any relevant experience
- Resume or CV
- Schedule of availability (at least 10 hours per week)
Questions? Send them to: email@example.com.
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