Humanity in Perspective Classroom Assistant Internship

Ten to twelve hours per week, August 2018 to May 2019

The Oregon Humanities team is a small group of idealistic, collaborative, creative people who are committed to bringing Oregonians together across differences, beliefs, and backgrounds. Each year, we offer hundreds of public conversations and programs across the state and tens of thousands of dollars in grants to organizations that, like us, believe in the power of people in rooms listening, learning, and struggling together. In our magazine and on our website, we publish essays, photographs, films, and audio recordings that explore the thoughts, perspectives, and experiences of Oregonians, especially those who have been ignored, generalized, or oppressed.

We’re looking for an intern to join us as a classroom assistant for Humanity in Perspective (HIP) for the 2018–19 school year, 10 to 12 hours per week, Monday and Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. from late August until 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 paid a $1,000 stipend; either are eligible for an additional public transportation travel stipend.

Humanity in Perspective is a free college-level humanities course for adults who live on low incomes in Portland. HIP has been a successful, innovative partnership between Oregon Humanities and local colleges and universities for the past seventeen years and has provided more than 300 Portland residents the chance to study the humanities and earn free, transferable college credit. HIP provides adults facing barriers to education an opportunity to engage in collective inquiry and reflect on ideas of power and justice through a supportive learning community.

The HIP teaching assistant is imaginative and creative, willing to complete administrative tasks, and able to work with students who have a wide variety of experiences and abilities. 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 in Southeast Portland
  • 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

Qualifications

  • 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 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

Beginning in mid-August applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The position will be open until filled with a latest start date of September 6, 2018. If you are interested, please email a cover letter, résumé, and three references (preferably combined as a single document) to Kyle Weismann-Yee, program coordinator, at kyle@oregonhumanities.org.