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SITE Program Support Staff

Work-Study students work with students enrolled in the SITE program. IUPUI-IPS SITE is a 1-2 year transition education program provided in partnership between Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) and IUPUI. This partnership enables students with intellectual disabilities who earn a COC from area high schools the chance to experience college campus life and all it has to offer – classes, social life, new friendships, recreational activities, career preparation, self-reliance, and overall personal growth. Relocating to the adult environment of an urban college campus provides broader, richer learning opportunities. As with all college students, IUPUI-IPS SITE students enjoy a new status with greater freedom, accompanied by expectations of accountability and personal responsibility. 

SITE students are between the ages of 18 to 22. They have completed at least four years in a traditional Indianapolis Public Schools special education program.
SITE staff provide students support on campus (at this time we are 100% virtual) as they audit classes, pursue goals, and develop skills.
Staff also supports SITE students around the city as they learn bus routes, explore downtown, and work at internships (work study students will not be expected to do this). 

At this time, the SITE Program is 100% virtual
All work study applicants will work virtually with SITE students and staff.

  • Work-Study students need to be available 12 to 20 hours a week between 9:30 and 3:30 when students are receiving virtual instruction. SITE lead teachers will provide Work-Study students with training and direction to ensure they are prepared to meet the needs of SITE students.
  • Work-study students will lead small groups and must be trustworthy, honest, reliable, responsible and exhibit exemplary communication skills via phone, text and email.  
  • Work-study students will provide students virtual support as they audit classes, pursue goals, and develop skills.

Through their work in this position, students will learn:
  • Students will learn how to be better communicators by building relationships with peers and fellow students. Individuals in this position will improve their active listening skills by interacting with and assisting other students in their job search.
  • Students will collaborate virtually with peers and professionals across campus and in the community to provide better learning opportunities for students. Students will gain analytical skills by evaluating current procedures and determining effectiveness through the use of data and research as it relates to working with adults with disabilities.
  • Students will learn how to increase their problem solving and critical thinking skills by engaging with adults with developmental disabilities. They will learn how to be more sensitive to others and inclusive in all things. They will learn how to focus on the positive and celebrate victories while treating others with dignity and respect, without focusing on a label or disability.  
  • Students will learn how to engage with individuals who are living with stereotypes and boundaries created by our society. They will learn how to actively listen and communicate with others no matter the obstacles facing them. They will learn how to guide individuals in a process of achieving their goals by equipping them with the skills necessary to live as independent life as possible.
  • Students will learn how to be comfortable using technology and how to instruct students in small groups, 1:1 virtual meetings and large groups.
  • Students will learn how to collect and record data and the importance of being organized and thorough with this process.

Applicants need to have the following skills: 
  1. Patience, flexibility, creative, enthusiastic, cooperation, leadership abilities, self-starter, motivating, encouraging, enjoys working with people. 
  2. Previous experience working with students/adults with disabilities is helpful.  
  3. Comfort with technology – ZOOM, Google and a variety of plaforms
  4. Internet and wifi capability from home
  5. Quiet place to instruct virtually

This position is limited to candidates with a Federal Work-Study award. To verify you have a Federal Work-Study award, please go to your OneStart Account, Student Center, Financial Aid Summary. If you have an award, it will be listed with the rest of your financial aid (loans, grants, scholarships, etc.). This video also directs you to the correct screen: You may also email the Office of Student Financial Services at to inquire about eligibility.