Summer Job Opportunities

We are looking for an individual to lead a dynamic new initiative in media literacy for urban teens this summer. CF Digital, a community media center located in the Adams Memorial Library in Central Falls, provides digital literacy and experiential learning to people of all ages. The URI Harrington School is partnering on this project in advancing our mission to use the power of communication and information to make a difference in the world.

As the lead instructor, you will be developing, implementing and assessing a 6-week remedial media literacy program where teens explore print, visual, sound and digital media while developing reading, writing and math skills.

Planning and program development begins on the URI Kingston campus the week of June 16 from 12 – 5 p.m. The program launches at the Central Falls Library for 6 weeks, beginning July 7 – August 15, from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. A stipend of $2,300 is available for the lead instructor.

The ideal candidate will have experience working in a collaborative, problem-solving team and have formal or informal teaching experience. Preferred skills include digital competencies including the use of video, audio, web and social media creation. A background in media literacy, urban education, and/or media studies is a plus. 

This summer, develop your leadership and teamwork skills, earn income, and make a difference in the world with CF Digital and the URI Harrington School of Communication and Media.

To apply for the position, send a resume and email describing your qualifications and indicating your interest in the position to Jonathan Friesem, Assistant Director of the Media Education Lab at  Interviews will be conducted May 20 – June 1. 


Are you passionate about media literacy? Take your "gap year" by being a Research Assistant at the Media Education Lab. Led by Professor Renee Hobbs, the Media Education Lab at the Harrington School of Communication and Media at the University of Rhode Island is the premier research lab for digital and media literacy education in the United States. 

We seek enthusiastic, talented people who are interested in learning more about media literacy and able to contribute time and talent to advance our mission: we improve media literacy education through scholarship and community service. 

At the Media Education Lab, you can be involved in reviewing and editing manuscripts, working with teachers and students in K-12 schools, observing, interviewing and collecting data; analyzing data and writing reports, updating our websites, and helping with events. We customize work based on YOUR interests. We work hard and play hard. Current projects include:

  • Building a community of learners around digital and media literacy via F2F and online events
  • Data analysis of the impact of a national news literacy program
  • Documenting media literacy as a literacy practice in grades K - 4
  • Designing and implementing a youth media program in Central Falls RI
  • Researching the impact of professional development programs on K-12 teachers attitudes, knowledge and behavior  

This is a volunteer position. You can choose to work up to 30 hours or as little as 10 hours a week. Stipends to support your travel and participation in national conferences are available. Publication opportunities are available. Paid work opportunities may also be available. Send email letter of interest and resume to Jonathan Friesem, Deadline: August 1.