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As disinformation increasingly threatens both democracy and public health, Dr. Hobbs’ team will assist community efforts to improve civic media literacy by developing a statewide survey to measure the scope of implementation of media literacy pedagogies currently practiced in Rhode Island schools. In partnership with Media Literacy Now Rhode Island, the survey will collect empirical evidence about the extent to which children and teens in Rhode Island receive opportunities to develop media literacy competencies in school. The results of the survey will be presented as a Back-to-School Report Card in the fall of 2021. We seek interns who can devote 5 - 8 hours weekly beginning March 1 through August 31.

You will assist with the following tasks:

  • Work with community partner to develop interview questions for school librarians and conduct interviews with 24 school librarians in Rhode Island.
  • Adapt questions for new target audiences and conduct interviews with classroom teachers and school leaders.
  • Work with partner to prepare report on qualitative research findings. Work with partner to develop survey questionnaire to be completed by Rhode Island teachers.
  • Pilot test questionnaire and refine questions. Work with partner to develop social media marketing and promotion campaign to increase awareness.
  • Analyze data. Work with partner to prepare report. Develop marketing materials for the launch event.
  • Work with partner to update partner website to showcase report findings. Develop a webinar with partner to promote the findings in an event tentatively titled “Back To School Report Card: Media Literacy in Rhode Island Public Schools.”

Work Process: You will contribute 5 - 8 hours weekly to this project. You will be expected to be able to use a digital project management management tool to coordinate tasks, documents, intermediate deliverables. You will have weekly meetings with faculty supervisor or partner to review tasks and timelines. You can complete the work at times that are convenient to you and your interviewees.

Desired Experience and Qualifications: If you are a current URI undergraduate or graduate student, you will receive funding for your work on this project. Pay: $15/hour. If you are not a URI student, you may also participate in the project as part of a summertime academic internship through your own institition. We seek students with an interest in media literacy education. Excellent oral and written communication skills are required. Ability to work independently and collaboratively. Familiarity with qualitative and quantitative research methods is strongly preferred. Graphic design skills are valued. An interest in K-12 education in Rhode Island is desirable.

TO APPLY: Send an email letter of interest outlining your experience and qualifications to Professor Renee Hobbs at before February 25. 

Thursday, February 4, 2021