The AjA Project: Photography Programs for San Diego Youth

Assistant Photography Instructor - Volunteer

Status: Volunteer/Internship – 2 days a week, 8-10 hours per week
Time Frame: January- May (Spring); June - August (Summer); September - December (Fall)
Application Deadline: Rolling



  • Attend a pre-service orientation/training session
  • Help to teach analog/ digital photography skills, documentary photography, computer literacy and visual storytelling to refugee youth in City Heights and El Cajon
  • Lead small group discussions with students about curriculum themes and help them edit and write about their photographs


  • Tolerance and acceptance of differing religious and political views
  • General working knowledge of MAC computers, Internet communications, Microsoft Office, especially Excel spreadsheet management and graphic illustrations
  • Strong communication skills
  • Time management skills and the ability to prioritize
  • Prior experience in photography not necessary

Highly Desirable Requirements:

  • Basic to intermediate knowledge of photography and/or visual arts
  • Experience working with middle and/or high school students and/or assisting in a classroom setting
  • ESL teaching experience
  • Experience working and communicating with ethnically diverse communities
  • Knowledgeable about and/or lives in one of Southeastern San Diego’s ethnically diverse communities
  • Background in art therapy, child psychology, or middle/high school counseling
  • Fluent in Arabic, Spanish, Farsi, Karen, Kizigwa, Swahili, Chaldean, Somali or Hindi

Application Procedure:

Submit resume and cover letter to Programs Coordinator, Dave Mathisen at In the cover letter please specify the desired position, and your interest in applying, background, and availability (semester, days and times).

*It is the policy of The AjA Project to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, marital status, citizenship, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.