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:
- Correspond weekly with instructors and volunteers to ensure all materials going in and out of the prison are cleared and ready to be distributed.
- Compile all books/materials for courses. Look through books and remove miscellaneous paper (i.e. bookmarks, receipts, post-its). Sticker the books with the UPEP sticker and prepare for delivery to facilities.
- Print all necessary readings for the instructors prior to the start of the semester and each week. Before the courses begin, create course binders for each student (if applicable) with all non-book readings for the semester (e.g., articles, PDFs, handouts, etc.).
- Collect weekly attendance sheets via email and store in U Box. Collect all attendance sheets at the end of the semester and put into one file to be shared with UDC.
- Hold consistent weekly office hours in the UPEP office (SAEC 2220). Please inform Directors of the day/time you will be in the office each week for the entire semester. At least 2 hours a week are required, although we invite you to do more. During COVID-19 campus visitation restrictions, your office hours are flexible. However, important printing will need to be completed on campus each week. If you foresee any challenges with holding on-campus office hours, please make note of this in your application so that we can work out an appropriate schedule with you.
- 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 Assistant
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 2019-2020 academic year, with 3-5 hours in the UPEP office on campus.
- Participate in UPEP orientation in August 2021 (Date: August 21st) and attend once-per- month intern meeting during Fall and Spring semesters.
- Participate in Students Against Mass Incarceration (SAMI) reading group (meets once per month).
- 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 3690: Race, Gender, and Incarceration in Fall 2021
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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