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Open Textbook Initiative Data Visualization Intern

Open Opportunity


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Organizational Overview

The Rhode Island Office of Innovation is a governor's initiative launched in January 2016 in partnership with Rhode Island College. The office's mandate is to support and accelerate sustainable shifts in our public systems--from education and state government to technology and infrastructure. We do this and attain bold goals for the state through strategic public-private partnerships, breaking down traditional silos, and cultivating unique partnerships. You can learn more about the RI Office of Innovation at

Description of Work

While we know that post-secondary credentials are critical for success in today's (and tomorrow's) economy, we also know that college remains far too expensive for many would-be students. But it's not just the tuition that stands as a barrier. The average college student spends almost $1,200 a year on textbooks, according to The College Board. (For those keeping track, that's the same amount as a semester's worth of credits at CCRI.) The Rhode Island Open Textbook Initiative is a collaborative effort to lower this financial barrier for students--while simultaneously supporting faculty to work with the most relevant and high-quality content available for courses.

Governor Gina Raimondo launched the RI Open Textbook Initiative (OTI) in September 2016 with a challenge: Bring all RI colleges and universities together to collectively save Rhode Island college students $5,000,000 over five years. We are now half way into the initiative and have saved over $2,250,000 for over 20,000 college students in the state.

The RI Open Textbook Initiative Fellow will work directly with our OTI steering committee co-chairs and the director of the RI Office of Innovation to support messaging and awareness raising for the Open Textbook Initiative amongst our core stakeholder groups (faculty, students, general public).

Specifically, the Open Textbook Initiative Fellow will:

  • Maintain and further build the Tableau dashboard and data visualizations for the Open Textbook Initiative including:

    • Finalizing the clean up of the Google Sheet used to generate current Tableau data vizes

    • Ensuring automatic update of current vizes as new data are made available

    • Adding additional data visualizations showing faculty trainings linked to adoption rates, as well as other vizes as needed by the steering committee

  • Create infographics, social media stories, and other marketing content for the OTI

  • Write profiles of faculty and staff engaged in the Open Textbook Initiative

  • Draft messaging plan and strategy for sharing out information on the OTI with targeted stakeholder groups

  • Participate in and support planning for OTI steering committee meetings

The OTI fellow will have the opportunity to be part of a small and dynamic team at the RI Office of Innovation. Fellows in our office are afforded a rewarding and challenging professional environment, with the benefits of both independent and collaborative work-styles. Fellows get exposure to many government agencies and aspects of the government and education sectors, as well as have varied networking opportunities. They will also have mentorship from and one-on-one relationships with key Office of Innovation personnel.


The successful candidate:

  • Is a creative, resourceful individual who is able to take risks and be comfortable pushing new ideas.

  • Has the ability to oversee work in progress and on completion to ensure that professional standards are met.

  • Has a fundamental knowledge of Tableau Public and data visualizations

  • Is comfortable telling stories using written and visual media; is a strong writer and can use Canva and/or Adobe Creative Suite to convey messages in a visual format

The ideal candidate will also have the following skills:

  • Project management – Crisp project management, logistics, and the ability to multi-task and not let any balls drop will be critical.

  • Utility Player – The Office of Innovation is a small (but mighty) team. This means team members and fellows are expected to do a little bit of everything. We need a fellow who is flexible and fast on his or her feet.

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to with the subject line: Application: Open Textbook Initiative Summer Intern 2019. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

The RIOI encourages candidates with all diverse identities to apply--including race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, religion, and veteran or disability status. The Rhode Island Office of Innovation  is an equal opportunity proponent.

Location: 80 Washington Street, Room 450, Providence, RI 02903