UPEP Mission: Committed to social transformation, UPEP advances educational equity through onsite higher education, empirical research, and advocacy. At this time, UPEP is a non-credit program.

The University of Utah Prison Education Project (UPEP) seeks interns for the 2021-2022 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 to students incarcerated in the Utah State Prison in Draper. Through face-to-face coursework and correspondence materials, we 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. UPEP engages with approximately 100 students at the Utah State Prison in Draper. There is no cost to participate in UPEP – all books, materials, and supplies are provided by the Project.

Interns will report to UPEP Directors, Drs. Cindy Fierros and Erin Castro, and work closely with the UPEP team.

The Course Assistant (CA) Intern will assist the Project in facilitating on-site college and correspondence courses at the prison. CAs assist in gathering all necessary supplemental materials for courses, assist with gathering research and information for students writing papers and help faculty in printing weekly requests. This position requires excellent communication and follow-through skills, weekly presence in the UPEP office on campus, and the ability to work with faculty to manage course- specific requests each week. While some specific duties are outlined below, this position requires flexibility as needs arise:

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

While not required, we strongly encourage you to register for Gender 3690: Race, Gender, and Incarceration in Fall 2021

To apply, please send the following to upep@utah.edu:

Questions? Send them to: upep@utah.edu.
Email: upep@utah.edu
Facebook: @utahpep
Twitter: @Utah_PrisonEd

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