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Each academic year the CPC employs work study students from multiple disciplines and 8-10 Graduate Assistants from RWU's programs in Architecture and Historic Preservation. All positions are chosen through an application/selection process and workwith the CPC as part of their work study or graduate assistantship financial award. Work Study students work in a variety of capacities with the CPC, including: Marketing, Research, Graphic Design, Writing, Photography, Videography, and Achitectural Design. CPC Graduate Assistants act as project leaders and coordinators for the CPC's work with the community, coordinating the work of RWU courses, students and volunteer organizations.



Work Study

Positions are posted each spring on the Financial Aid website. All interested applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, and when pertinent writing or design samples. Please indicate which position you are applying for in your cover letter.

Graduate Assistants

Job Description: The CPC Graduate Assistant will focus on one or two projects during the year and will assist the Director of the CPC with the following tasks for those projects:

  • Project-specific precedent research
  • Programming research and analysis
  • Existing conditions documentation (in-field)
  • Converting field documentation into high-quality floor plans, sections and exterior elevations
  • Collaborative design with CPC staff and partners organizations
  • Creation of concept plans
  • Printing of draft and final plans, sections, elevations and details within SAAHP building (paid for by CPC)
  • Creation of rendered graphics and models as required by the project
  • Meeting with the project partner throughout the design process
  • Support for overall CPC operations
  • Assistance with coordination of CPC events

To be selected, applicants must:

  • be Graduate-level candidates for the Masters of Architecture or Masters of Historic Preservation degree at RWU,
  • have been offered a paid Graduate Assistantship by the RWU School of Art, Architecture and Historic Preservation,
  • have experience in architectural design, programming and construction materials and assemblies or historic preservation. (Experience in field documenting existing buildings is preferred.),
  • have experience in drafting complex site plans, building plans, elevations, sections and details, and
  • be proficient in AutoCAD, Sketch-Up, REVIT, and other design software as necessary

Application Process:

  • Submit resume, cover letter, portfolio and references to CPC Director.
  • CPC Director and SAAHP leaders will select interview candidates.
  • If selected for interview, prepare portfolio and two letters of reference.

CPC Graduate Assistant positions will be awarded based on applicant’s qualifications relative to the selection criteria, number of available positions, and suitability for the specific types of projects that are planned for the CPC during the coming academic year.

CPC Fellowship Program

The CPC Fellowship Program provides the opportunity for RWU students who are deeply interested in community engagement to build their skills, increase their personal capacity to affect change, and have more impact on the community. The program is competitive and is open to RWU students from all disciplines and programs. Selected Fellows will lead collaborative CPC project teams, serve community partners, support RWU faculty in community-engaged projects, and participate in leadership/capacity building activities. All CPC projects benefit the local community while providing CPC Fellows with experience in real-world projects that deepen their academic experiences.

Program Objectives

The Fellows program will focus on six primary objectives:

  • Build students’ personal and professional skills through monthly gatherings and training sessions with mentors and experts who engage the fellows in best practices and draw from real-world case examples.
  • Enable direct work on projects that Fellows are passionate about, relate to their future careers and have a positive impact on the community.
  • Build essential skills for integrating state-of-the-art technology into learning and work, and have experience working in interdisciplinary teams that mirror real-world workplaces.
  • Support and mentor ongoing course-based CPC projects. Through pre-project research and preparation labor, mid-process mentoring and guidance, as well as post-project documentation and wrap-up.
  • Expand the Center’s capacity to coordinate and support RWU civic engagement and community service projects and initiatives, promote and increase civic engagement among the faculty and student body, and foster student leadership and project skills. 
  • Promote and develop overall capacity for civic engagement and experiential education at RWU.

Program Goals & Outcomes

For CPC Fellows:

  • Work within one’s passion, interests, and desired career path
  • Work with others to make a difference in the RI and SE Massachusetts community
  • Provide students the opportunity to expand their learning environment through community-related projects, research, program development and other activities within the broad framework of public engagement

 For the CPC and RWU:

  • Foster the expansion of public engagement opportunities by RWU students in partnership with community partners such as non-profit agencies, schools, and governments
  • Advance and deepen the student conversation around civic and community engagement
  • Build sustainable structures that support student engagement with each other and with communities around important social issues
  • Enable undergraduates, graduate students, and student organizations to increase and sustain the University's public engagement capabilities
  • Engage students in authentic leadership roles that strengthen and extend the CPC’s capacity
  • For the Greater Community: To have a measurable impact on the economic, social and political issues affecting residents and organizations of the communities around Roger Williams University

Qualifications for Fellows:

  • Experience with community service, service-learning and/or civic engagement programs or activities.  Preference given to students who have participated in CPC projects through previous class or Work Study activities.
  • Demonstrated track record of high level of responsibility, proactivity and ability to work in functional partnerships.
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with students, faculty, staff, and community partners.
  • Comfortable managing multiple tasks.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills; will feel comfortable talking with students, faculty, staff and alumni, with a focus on communicating the vision for the Center with regularity and ease.
  • Compensation

Fellows will be paid $10/hour, with an expectation to work approximately 150 hours per six-month period (typically 8-12 hours/week).  Fellowship awards are capped at $1,500 per six months or $3,000 per year. Fellows may work during academic breaks in the winter, spring and summer.

How to Become a CPC Fellow

Download and complete the CPC Fellowship Application Form. All completed applications and supporting materials will be reviewed and the most qualified candidates will be interviewed. This position has an anticipated start date in February 2015. Those with questions about the CPC Fellowship Program should contact Arnold Robinson, CPC Director at or (401) 254-3307.

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