Yale Prison Education Initiative Summer Fellowships

Summary of Opportunity: 

The Yale Prison Education Initiative at Dwight Hall, Yale’s Center for Public Service and Social Justice, seeks up to two full-time and up to four part-time interns for Summer 2019 to support our Yale Summer Session courses offered in state prisons through the Connecticut Department of Corrections. This is a great opportunity for anyone interested serving incarcerated and formerly incarcerated students, understanding how higher education in prison works from the inside, and for those with a commitment to social justice and expanding education access. YPEI is a member of the Bard Prison Initiative’s national Consortium for Liberal Arts in Prison.

Full-time interns (**paid — see below) will have a range of responsibilities, and will be based between our offices at Dwight Hall and Connecticut state correctional facilities where we offer programming. Full-time interns will be responsible for overseeing and staffing regular YPEI “Study Halls,” bringing course material to and from prison, supporting course instructors/faculty, serving as peer tutors and peer writing tutors for a range of subjects, and coordinating student resources for incarcerated students. One full-time intern will also be working specifically on reentry projects.

Part-time/volunteer interns will be assigned to participate in study halls for specific classes, 2-3 hour sessions 2-3 times a week inside a prison. 

*Studio art position: Within available positions, we are seeking one intern (either full-time or part-time/volunteer) to specifically work with students enrolled in studio art classes during open “studio time” blocks offered in prison in partnership with the Yale School of Art and its Art & Social Justice Initiative. This intern should have some experience with studio art courses and materials at Yale, either as a student or a TF.


Applicants must be at least 21 years old to apply, by restriction of CT DOC.

Valid driver’s license recommended.

To Apply:

Please send your resume and a short cover letter to s.zelda.roland@yale.edu

**For full-time positions, applicants may apply for summer funding through Dwight Hall Summer Fellows program application (direct link to application here), indicating YPEI as sponsor site. Please make sure you contact YPEI first to provide Letter of Support before applying through Dwight Hall Summer Fellows. Deadline to apply for DH Summer Fellowship is 2/28/19.

You may also apply for funding through Yale Domestic Summer AwardYale Education Studies Scholars Summer Field Experience FellowshipLiman Undergraduate Summer Fellowship, or other applicant-identified funding source.

Open To: 
Graduate Students
Recurrence of Opportunity: 
Contact Name: 
Zelda Roland
Opportunity Type: 
Jobs, Internships, Fellowships