Mentor/Tutor Internship Program

Dedicated to providing great interns from URI to schools and programs across the state


  • MTI exists for URI students who want to make a difference in a young person’s life. MTI is open to students of all majors, not just education or political science.

  • student_chairNo. We expect all of our MTI volunteers to be serious students but no minimum average is required. Students with high GPA’s can be effective mentors and tutors but so can students who know what it is like to struggle to learn a subject. The most important quality of an MTI volunteer is dependability. It is very important for our students to be consistent in showing up for assignments, because they are working with children who have had a long history of people letting them down.

  • We try to accommodate students’ requests and usually can place them in a school of their choice. But we cannot always guarantee this. We will make sure that your placement will provide you with a wonderful learning experience.

  • Yes. Many URI students find it very rewarding to be placed with the RI Family Literacy Initiative (RIFLI). In this program, students help immigrants learn how to speak English and prepare to become citizens.

  • MTI students meet in small groups for 50 minutes each break with a teaching assistant. These groups provide support for students with any problems they may be encountering and give structure to the MTI learning experience.

  • MTI students receive 3 pass/fail internship credits. More importantly, they receive enormous satisfaction from making a real difference in some children’s lives.

  • You can take MTI for 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6 credits. You can take the class for a total of 12 credits before exhausting participation ability.

  • The amount of hours depends on the number of credits you are signed up for. The break-down of hours is as follows:

    • 1 Credit: 15 hours
    • 2 Credits: 30 hours
    • 3 Credits: 44 hours
    • 4 Credits: 60 hours
    • 5 Credits: 75 hours
    • 6 Credits: 100 hours
  • Coming to, and participating in, recitation each week is a requirement of the course. If you do not attend recitation each week you will receive a grade of “Incomplete” for the course.

  • Journals are part of the course to assure you are getting as much from your participation as possible. This allows you to express freely to your Teaching Assistant what is happening at your placement and allows us to help resolve any issues if they come about. It’s also a time for you to reflect on your placement and your impact there.

  • If you participate in one of the Providence/Cranston (Northern Rhode Island) placements and complete your hours and coursework, you receive your earned gas card upon receiving your passing grade in the course.

  • No, a car is not required to participate in the program, we do have a very limited number of placements you can walk to, but they are limited so public transit may be another option to consider.

  • Yes, recitation is a requirement each week, no matter what, as are your weekly journals. Details will be discussed further with your Teaching Assistants.

  • If you contact your placement during the week and they do not get back to you within 48 hours, e-mail your Teaching Assistant who will notify Diamond, the MTI director, to take further steps.

    If you contact your placement on a Friday or during a weekend give them until Tuesday at 5:00pm to return your e-mail or phone call. If after that time period, you have not been contacted back, notify your Teaching Assistant.

  • Talk to your Teaching Assistant to figure out why you are not getting enough hours and if needed, Diamond can give you a different or supplemental placement.

  • There are two checks you have to have filled out by your placement, a mid-point and final check to evaluate your performance at your placement, a midterm paper and/or project, and a final paper and/or project to be completed along with your weekly journals and recitation attendance, and of course, hours.

    Required work is subject to change and vary among Teaching Assistants.

  • Always notify your placement if you cannot be there. Be sure to CALL, not e-mail unless far in advance to tell your placement you will be missing your scheduled time. Teachers budget time around when they have volunteers in their classrooms so to not show up without notification is detrimental to the student’s learning for that day.

    After you notify your teacher, e-mail your Teaching Assistant to let them know what is going on.

  • Recitations cannot be signed up for on e-campus, you sign up at the MTI training day in person. You sign up only for the Political Science class, PSC 375 or 376, which reserves you a place in the class, then when recitation times are decided by the Director and Teaching Assistants, you sign up in person.

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