The Rhode Island Office of Innovation is a governor's initiative launched in January 2016 in partnership with Rhode Island College. The office's mandate is to support and accelerate sustainable shifts in our public systems--from education and state government to technology and infrastructure. We do this and attain bold goals for the state through strategic public-private partnerships, breaking down traditional silos, and cultivating unique partnerships. You can learn more about the RI Office of Innovation at http://innovate.ri.gov.
Description of Work
While we know that post-secondary credentials are critical for success in today's (and tomorrow's) economy, we also know that college remains far too expensive for many would-be students. But it's not just the tuition that stands as a barrier. The average college student spends almost $1,200 a year on textbooks, according to The College Board. (For those keeping track, that's the same amount as a semester's worth of credits at CCRI.) The Rhode Island Open Textbook Initiative is a collaborative effort to lower this financial barrier for students--while simultaneously supporting faculty to work with the most relevant and high-quality content available for courses.
Governor Gina Raimondo launched the RI Open Textbook Initiative (OTI) in September 2016 with a challenge: Bring all RI colleges and universities together to collectively save Rhode Island college students $5,000,000 over five years. We are now half way into the initiative and have saved over $2,250,000 for over 20,000 college students in the state.
The RI Open Textbook Initiative Fellow will work directly with our OTI steering committee co-chairs and the director of the RI Office of Innovation to support messaging and awareness raising for the Open Textbook Initiative amongst our core stakeholder groups (faculty, students, general public).
Specifically, the Open Textbook Initiative Fellow will:
The OTI fellow will have the opportunity to be part of a small and dynamic team at the RI Office of Innovation. Fellows in our office are afforded a rewarding and challenging professional environment, with the benefits of both independent and collaborative work-styles. Fellows get exposure to many government agencies and aspects of the government and education sectors, as well as have varied networking opportunities. They will also have mentorship from and one-on-one relationships with key Office of Innovation personnel.
The successful candidate:
The ideal candidate will also have the following skills:
To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: Application: Open Textbook Initiative Summer Intern 2019. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
The RIOI encourages candidates with all diverse identities to apply--including race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, religion, and veteran or disability status. The Rhode Island Office of Innovation is an equal opportunity proponent.