JOB TITLE: Summer Program Teaching Intern
DIVISION: Economic Empowerment Program
REPORTS TO: Fab Lab Program Manager
JOB CLASSIFICATION: Full-Time; Seasonal ( Temporary)
The Urban Resource Center is seeking undergraduate and graduate college students interested in exploring
the field of teaching to intern at the Economic Empowerment Programs’ Fab Lab and support the Summer
Program for High School Youth.
The Urban Resource Institute (URI), a not-for-profit 501(c) (3) organization established in 1980, operates
shelter, legal and job training programs for domestic violence victims, residential and vocational programs for
individuals with developmental disabilities, and residential programs for homeless families. With a $67 million
annual budget with over 600 staff, URI promotes safety, justice, health, and independence for vulnerable
individuals and families residing in New York City. The goal of URI’s Economic Empowerment programming is
to support its clients in reaching their educational and vocational goals and move toward economic
The Urban Resource Institute’s Economic Empowerment Program is launched a Fab Lab in 2021, a digital
fabrication lab for children, youth, and adults to play, create, learn, mentor, and invent. The original Fab Lab
program was created with a grant from the National Science Foundation, which now has over 1800 Fab Labs
world-wide. The goal of the Economic Empowerment Center’s Fab Lab is to support homeless youth, including
youth survivors of domestic violence, in their healing process through using technology and creativity as a
basis for stability and growth. This lab’s intention is to inspire careers in STEM through students’ hands-on
experience with digital fabrication tools- a field that has historically been less available to the communities
that URI serves. The Teaching Intern will report directly to the Fab Lab Program Manager, will assist with the
Lab’s Summer Program work directly with the youth clients on the innovative curriculum and support the
physical operations of the Fab Lab. The program will be held as 2 individual cohorts of approximately 15
students. Session 1 runs July 11 to July 29th and Session 2 runs August 8th to August 26th.
POSITION REQUIREMENTS, EDUCATION & ESSENTIAL SKILLS
Support and contribute to the Fab Lab curriculum for high school aged youth with a trauma-informed lens.
Assist in leading classroom instruction of STEM activities designed around digital fabrication, career
pathways, and technology workshops, including lessons for 1:1 support of clients.
Facilitate on a STEM curriculum utilizing the materials within the Fab Lab to be taught to high school
students living in URI’s shelter systems, which include a trauma-informed approach.
Support in providing specific instruction on fabrication devices (laser cutters, 3D printers, etc.) to increase
the throughput of student projects in a classroom setting.
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Participate in training seminars conducted to enhance awareness of the client’s needs.
Assist with field trips to museums and design studios to locations throughout New York.
Assist in completion of self- evaluations and program assessments for success for the program.
Assist in ensuring adherence to safe and effective use of the fabrication devices, monitor and maintain
optimal safety conditions, maintain equipment, and manage supplies and inventory.
Assist with daily set-up and breakdown of classroom lab space, including securing and organizing the
Attend meetings, as required, which are focused on relevant Fab Lab Program issues.
Other duties as requested based on department, program and/or organizational needs.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND EXPERIENCE:
Must be between 19 – 30 years of age, completed at least one year of college, and have plans to complete
the college degree, or complete a college degree program in the year 2022
Maintain or have graduated with at least a 2.5 G.P.A.
Must be able to make a full commitment to all 39 dates of the internship schedule.
Ability to be flexible and adaptive and adjust to changing priorities and conditions to keep the program
Some relevant experience collaborating in a multi-disciplinary, diverse team, maintaining a healthy work
environment for staff that encourages professionalism, respect, equality, diversity and continuous
Demonstrated commitment to education and youth empowerment is a requirement. Interest in the maker
movement and community development is a plus.
Interest in understanding of how trauma impacts youth and ability to integrate that understanding into
curriculum and facilitation style.
Demonstrated sensitivity and experience with and/or knowledge of domestic violence within and against
disenfranchised communities including individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender,
queer, and/or HIV-affected, the elderly and individuals with mental health issues.
Demonstrated commitment to equity and social justice including a focus on self-awareness and
engagement of continuous learning around issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
The ideal candidate for this position will be creative, collaborative, demonstrate critical thinking, be
coachable, able to share their knowledge with others in a team environment, be comfortable with
ambiguity, works with persistence, has excellent time management, excellent interpersonal skills as well as
written and oral communication skills.
Proficiency in at least one of the following 2D/3D CAD packages is required or willing to learn: Sketchup,
LibreCAD, FreeCAD, TinkerCAD, Adobe Illustrator or Adobe Photoshop.
Proficiency in at least one of the following 2D/3D CAD packages is preferred: Fusion 360, SolidWorks,
Expert user of fabrication equipment such as vinyl printer/cutter, 3D printer, CNC mill, laser cutter and
other related equipment.
Proficiency in common the desktop applications of the Microsoft Office Suite.
Bilingual (English/Spanish) is a plus, but not required.
TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT:
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Full-time position, Seasonal from 7/5 to 8/26 , the 39-day internship includes 4 days of training and
orientation and 30 days of instruction time with students with a 5-day reset period between sessions.
Paid internship with a rate of $15./hour
Position requires a clean State Central Register (SCR) check and a Criminal Background Check (CBC)
Interested candidates may forward a copy of their resume and cover letter to John Jefferys firstname.lastname@example.org for
consideration with the subject line: FAB LAB SUMMER TEACHING INTERN.
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