The English-Speaking Union of the United States: Education. Scholarship. Understanding.

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Current Internship Positions

Education Department Intern:

The English-Speaking Union seeks an Education Department intern for the Spring 2014 semester. The internship provides an exciting opportunity to participate in the day-to-day operations of an international and educational non-profit organization. Interns work with all members of the Education Department on a variety of educational programs, including study aboard programs and professional development opportunities for teachers and students. During the spring semester, responsibilities focus on preparation for the ESU National Shakespeare Competition at Lincoln Center and the International Public Speaking Competition (both for high school students). Perfect for a current university or graduate student in the New York City area interested in Education and English.

Typical Duties:

  • Participate in the organization and running of the ESU New York Shakespeare Competition for NYC area high schools (February & March 2014)
  • Assist staff with the International Public Speaking Competition (Winter 2014)
  • Chaperone contestants during the National Shakespeare Competition (May 3-6, 2014)
  • Create and/or update ESU Education program materials (programs, newsletters, etc.).
  • Create and compile promotional and/or follow-up materials (brochures, surveys, etc.)
  • Fact-checking, filing, data-base entry and other organizational duties as needed.

Qualifications:  Interest in English and/or Education. Excellent communication, interpersonal and organizational skills. Must be detail-oriented. Ability to work with Shakespeare texts essential. Previous experience working with high school students and/or teachers helpful, but not required. 

Time Commitment:  10-15 hours per week.

This position is an unpaid internship, but a stipend is offered for chaperoning during the National Shakespeare Competition. College credit may be obtained, and preference is given to graduate students seeking credit for this internship. If transportation costs are not covered by your school, a NYC Metro card will be provided.

How to Apply:  Please send a resume and short cover letter to Katharine Moran, Manager of Shakespeare Education Programs, at by February 5, 2014. The position is open until filled, but early applications are much appreciated. 

Membership Department Intern:

The English-Speaking Union of the United States is currently seeking an intern for the Membership and Branch Services departments. Working with the Membership Secretary and Branch Services Coordinator, s/he will be responsible for a variety of administrative tasks, community outreach, data entry, and preparing communication and marketing materials. Additional tasks will be assigned as needed. This is a great opportunity for someone interested in Communication, Event Planning, Mission Based Fundraising and Marketing, and the non-profit field.

Candidates must be self-motivated; detail oriented, and have the ability to work independently. Computer literacy with proficiency in Microsoft Office is required. Working knowledge of Raiser's Edge, Constant Contact & Social Media is preferred but not necessary.

Ideal applicant should have a Bachelor's degree or currently be enrolled in college and available 10-15 hours per week June through August.

Submit Resume with short Cover Letter to by April 25, 2014.

Current Volunteer Positions

English in Action (EiA) Tutor:

EiA, a program of the English-Speaking Union of the United States, matches non-native speakers with American volunteers for one-to-one conversation practice. English in Action is always looking for friendly new tutors. As an EiA Volunteer you will make a difference in your community, meet new people, share your culture and experiences, and learn about other cultures. English in Action may mean the beginning of a lifelong interest in a particular area of the world, or even a deeper understanding of one's own culture.

Qualifications:  Volunteers need no formal training, just an interest in other languages and cultures and the willingness to befriend a newcomer.

Time commitment: 2 hours per week. Volunteer leadership positions available. Currently we are looking for tutors for Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings.

How to Apply:  If you are interested in becoming a volunteer tutor in New York City, please contact English in Action at to schedule an appointment. We encourage all prospective tutors to reserve a place at one of our weekly orientation sessions.