Classroom Assistant Intern

Humanity in Perspective

We’re looking for an intern to join us as a classroom assistant for Humanity in Perspective (HIP) for the 2019–20 school year, 10 to 12 hours per week, Monday and Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. starting in  September through early May. Classes are held at The Rosewood Initiative on SE Stark and 162nd Ave, accessible by TriMet MAX Blue Line and Line 20 bus. Parking and bike racks are also accessible at the site. This internship is available as a federal work-study position or as a paid $1,000 stipend for entirety of internship; either are eligible for an additional public transportation travel stipend of $5 per day worked.

Humanity in Perspective is a free college-level humanities course for adults who live on low incomes and face significant barriers to continuing their education. HIP has been a successful, innovative partnership between Oregon Humanities and local colleges and universities for the past seventeen years, engaging over 300 Portland residents in collective inquiry and reflecting on ideas of power and justice through a supportive learning community. The upcoming school year is the second year in which HIP will take place at Oregon Humanities’ partner site, the Rosewood Initiative. 

The HIP classroom assistant is imaginative and creative, willing to complete administrative tasks, and able to work with students who come from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences. The assistant has excellent written and oral communication skills, is detail-oriented, a self-starter, and willing and able to work independently and on long- and short-term projects.

Duties include the following:

  • Attend HIP class two evenings per week at the Rosewood Initiative

  • Take class minutes and update the class Google Drive folders

  • Meet with students before class to assist with study skills, provide writing feedback and tutoring, and help students meet learning goals

  • Assist HIP course coordinator with administrative duties 

  • Assist HIP faculty with in-class assignments

  • Support course activities such as study material development and event/class planning


  • College senior or master’s candidate or equivalent knowledge and experience working and communicating with adult learners

  • Experience as a writing or learning tutor 

  • Experience working with people from a range of lived experiences and backgrounds, specifically people living on low incomes or who face learning and academic barriers

  • Interest in teaching, student services, community empowerment, or social service

  • Bilingual fluency in English and Spanish preferred 

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The position will be open until filled with the latest start date of September 9, 2019. If you are interested, please email a cover letter, résumé, and three references, preferably combined as a single document to April Slabosheski, program manager, at