Public Schools Internships (PSI) Tutor-Mentor Application

About The Egan Office: The Egan Office believes that schools are important community institutions that can contribute to and benefit from an asset-based approach to community building and development.
The Egan school partnership program is a community service work-study program that allows DePaul University students to serve in Chicago’s most under-resourced schools providing classroom assistance, tutoring, mentoring, and supplemental enrichment activities. In the tradition of Monsignor Egan, Egan student employees also learn about issues that impact communities and engage directly in action research, planning and programming aimed at addressing critical urban problems, alleviating poverty, and promoting social justice.


Egan tutor-mentors are placed in schools in under-resourced Chicago communities. Depending on the needs of the school, Egan tutor-mentors may assist a teacher(s) in an assigned classroom(s) or may be assigned individual students or a small group of students to provide more individualized tutoring and/or assistance with classroom assignments. Tutor-mentors who have special skills or talents may negotiate with school staff and their Egan School-Community Coordinator for opportunities to create and implement special enrichment activities such as science fairs, debate club, chess club, soccer teams, Spanish language instruction, dance classes, or other activities. Egan tutor-mentors must have excellent attendance, a willingness to travel to schools and other sites by public transportation, and must commit to work in their assigned school for at least one academic year (three DePaul quarters excluding summer term).


1. Ensure excellent tutoring, mentoring and classroom assistance by participating in and putting into practice pre-service training and ongoing professional development.
2. Maintain an enthusiastic, caring and positive relationship with students.
3. Apply effective tutoring and mentoring practices in the tutor-tutee relationship.
4. Demonstrate respect for and learning from children and adults from diverse perspectives and backgrounds.
5. Ensure excellent relationships with school staff and team members through responsible, professional behavior; excellent communication; and a positive, helpful attitude.
6. Model professionalism in communication, dress, attendance and punctuality, initiative and leadership.
7. Attend and actively participate in mandatory weekly reflections, trainings and team meetings.
8. Develop knowledge of tutoring and mentoring practices and related topics through readings, research and practice.
9. Be flexible and take initiative whenever necessary.
10. Adhere to all policies and procedures as determined by DePaul University, The Egan Office and the Steans Center, and the assigned school(s).
11. Participate in community service and community-building projects beyond the assigned school.
12. Maintain confidentiality and adhere to mandated policies and procedures regarding child neglect and abuse.
13. Other duties as assigned.


An Egan Student Employee must:
• Be willing to commit to tutoring approximately 10 hours per week for the entire school year, including work at your assigned school and Egan trainings.
• Be eligible for financial aid.
· Be willing to commit to registering for and earning a passing grade in CSS 350: Critical Issues in Public Education: The Chicago Context — a two-credit course that meets every two weeks during the winter and spring quarters.

• Be a full- or part-time DePaul University student, 18 years or older.
• Be willing to provide own transportation or use public transportation to school sites (off campus).
• Complete a TB test
• Complete child protection/child abuse reporting training and criminal background checks
• Be open to learning new perspectives about education, community-building and social justice.
• Be able to work well both independently and as a team member.
• Be punctual with excellent attendance record and time management skills.
• Be able to work with and learn from people of diverse backgrounds.
• Have a positive enthusiastic attitude as a role model for young children and youth.
• Have strong organizational skills, as well as written, oral and interpersonal communication skills.
• Be flexible in working with young students in public schools with limited resources.
• Previous experience with young children and tutoring preferred.

Steans Center - Public School Internships
Supplemental Questions
  1. How did you hear about Public School Internships (PSI)?
  2. Why do you want to join PSI at DePaul, and how will PSI contribute to your learning and development as a student at DePaul University and to your future professional goals?
  3. Are you willing to commit to working the entire academic year with your assigned school?
  4. Would you be willing to submit to complete child protection/child abuse reporting training, TB Test, finger printing and criminal background checks?
  5. Describe your background experience with community service or service learning. If that experience took place in Chicago, please specify.
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