The University of Illinois is inviting applications for the role of Program Director of Interns and Education at its Springfield location.

About the University of Illinois Springfield

Located in the state capital, the University of Illinois Springfield is one of three members of the University of Illinois system. The University serves more than 4,000 students in 44 graduate and 56 undergraduate programs.

About the Role

This position oversees Illinois Innocence Project student interns and IIP education at the University of Illinois Springfield and provides leadership training for IIP staff. The Program Director of Interns and Education for IIP provides direct oversight and instruction of the Project’s UIS student internship program including recruiting, instruction, reporting, education, and training, providing leadership within the Project, and presenting about the work of IIP to the community.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Fulfill the administrative aspects of the undergraduate internship program including developing curriculum; interviewing and selecting intern candidates in collaboration with other IIP staff; supervising and evaluating students through the UIS internship office; liaising with external educational partners and/or supervising non-UIS undergraduate interns.
  • Conduct biweekly meetings educating and directing case evaluation work of student interns and volunteers.
  • Educate student interns and volunteers on the main causes of wrongful convictions in the Illinois criminal justice system.
  • Direct the case evaluation work of student interns and volunteers through their case research and evaluation, and evaluation reports and meetings.
  • Direct student preparation for case evaluation presentations, including how to structure and orally present in a clear and concise manner for full presentation to the legal staff.
  • Collaborate with the Case Intake Coordinator on case assignments.
  • Direct student experiential learning opportunities. Accompany students and volunteers on case-related activities including releases, hearings, and prison visits. Coordinate and direct students making presentations about their experiences as IIP student interns.
  • Direct and oversee recruitment of all UIS undergraduate and graduate interns.
  • Deliver public and private presentations about the work of IIP.
  • Oversee and conduct, in collaboration with IIP Co-Directors, off-site training and team-building experiences for IIP staff two times per year. Identify opportunities for and, when possible, conduct internal leadership training as requested.

Eligibility Criteria

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in legal studies, English, communications, journalism, or a related course of study in the area of liberal arts and/or social sciences.
  • A total of three years (36 months) of work experience in education and/or training in the area of specialization inherent to the position such as wrongful convictions, criminal justice, civil rights, social policy, and/or policy and law. (Master’s Degree in an area consistent with the duties of the position may be substituted for one year of work experience.)

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in legal studies, criminal justice, or a related course of study.
  • Understanding of and commitment to the mission and programs of IIP.
  • Prior experience presenting to public audiences.
  • Additional experience in legal studies and wrongful conviction.
  • Experience in teaching college-level courses in wrongful convictions or criminal justice but could include other areas such as civil rights, social policy, or policy and law.
  • Experience facilitating meetings and/or training.
  • Mentorship experience.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Ability to participate productively on multidisciplinary project teams made up of faculty, staff, undergraduate and graduate students, attorneys, investigators, experts, and others.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work efficiently in a busy office setting and off-site as necessary.
  • Ability and willingness to travel (with a valid driver’s license) frequently within Illinois and occasionally out of state.


$34.36 per hour/7.5 hour day.

How to Apply?

Interested candidates can apply through the link provided at the end of this post.

Application Deadline

September 6, 2023.


One University Plaza, Springfield, IL 62703, United States.

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