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Open Education Intern

Posted December 30, 2020. Closes January 14, 2021.


Learning Services (OUGL)

Job Title:

Open Education Intern 

Date Posted:

December 30, 2020

Closing Date:

January 14, 2021

Number Available:



$16.69 per hour


10- 14 hours per week.

This internship will be completed online exclusively.

Appointment will begin early Winter quarter.  Working hours are flexible based on mutual availability of intern and supervisory staff.

Job Description & Duties:

The Open Education Intern will provide support to UW faculty and students in authoring and publishing OER using the Pressbooks platform. The Intern will also support outreach efforts designed to highlight the benefits of OER, and promote UW-authored free textbooks.  The Intern will gain experience with open publishing activities in an academic library environment, and learn more about UW Libraries services and programs. This internship will provide the unique opportunity to directly support and influence library program support for open and affordable educational resources. We hope that the successful candidate will help us shape the future of OER support at UW by contributing their own student experience and knowledge. The intern will be mentored in a supportive environment, and after the initial training period, the intern will meet weekly with, and receive regular feedback from, the Open Education Librarian.


  • Provide general training and troubleshooting for users of Pressbooks, an ebook authoring tool designed for UW instructors to author open, free textbooks.
  • Edit and create guides on OER and open publishing for UW faculty and students.
  • Assist authors in making corrections to the layout and formatting of works they have written in Pressbooks, to improve accessibility and usability of online books.
  • Assist with the delivery of online workshops for UW students and faculty on open pedagogy and open publishing.
  • Help with promotion of Open Educational Resources through UW Libraries social media and faculty OER listserv Assist with gathering metrics on UW-authored OER as well as course materials costs for specific UW programs.
  • Serve on the UW Libraries Open Educational Resources Advisory Committee

      Required Qualifications:

      • Experience creating and writing for the web.
      • Able to contribute productively to an organization that values diversity, inclusion and social justice Interest in open publishing, libraries and textbook affordability.
      • Experience creating and maintaining social media posts for organizations.
      • Effective communication skills.
      • Dedicated, creative, and organized.
      Desired Qualifications:
      • Experience in curriculum support (teaching, course design, pedagogy).
      • Familiarity with copyright law and public/open copyright options (including Creative Commons licenses)
      • Experiencing creating and publishing content using WordPress.

      Open Education is part of the Curriculum Support Services unit of the University of Washington Libraries Learning Services, which also includes Undergraduate Student Success; Libraries Instructional Design and Outreach; and Access & Building Services for Odegaard Undergraduate Library. Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching and learning resources (including textbooks, videos, course modules and syllabi) released under an open license that permits their free use and repurposing by others.  Support for Open Education at the UW Libraries involves promoting the creation and use of OER by UW faculty, as well as support for textbook affordability initiatives. The Open Education librarian helps faculty author and publish OER using the Pressbooks platform, and supports students who are creating openly licensed materials as part of their UW coursework. These services aid in making course materials more affordable and accessible, as well as in educating students about their rights and responsibilities as student authors.  At the University of Washington, diversity is integral to excellence. We value and honor diverse experiences and perspectives, strive to create welcoming and respectful learning environments, and promote access, opportunity and justice for all.

        Internship Learning Outcomes:
        • Gain experience creating guidance, documentation and training materials for university faculty and students.
        • Develop an understanding of Open Educational Resources, open pedagogy and textbook affordability issues in an academic library setting
        • Gain competence with instruction and the promotion of Open Educational Resources in a higher education environment.

        Application Process:

        1. Prepare the following supplemental materials. A single PDF or Microsoft Word file is preferred.
          • Resumé
          • Cover letter
        2. Activate UW G Suite for your NetID if you have not already done so.
        3. Log in to the Google forms site with your UW NetID account to fill out an application form and upload your resumé.
        Selected applicants will be contacted for an interview.

        For additional information or assistance with the application process, please contact the Employment Services Manager, UW Libraries:
        Erik Dahl

        Open Education Intern