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

About Us

Jobs / Internships

Current Positions

Development Officer

The English-Speaking Union seeks a congenial outgoing individual for the position of Development Officer to work closely with the organization's Deputy Executive Director and Executive Director managing its national fundraising efforts.  The Development Officer will work with executive management and selected Board members to implement the annual Board giving campaign; conduct the National Patron program; coordinate the national membership program; research, prepare and write grant proposals and reports to institutional donors and prospects; oversee Raiser's Edge fundraising database; execute stewardship efforts including acknowledgements, reports, donor correspondence and events; manage social media efforts; organize cultivation activities including prospect lunches and receptions; coordinate special fundraising events; and manage various annual campaigns, including a major year-end appeal.

The successful candidate must be must be an articulate, well-organized self-starter with superior communication skills—particularly with verbal and written English.   In addition, he or she must be flexible, have sound judgment with a collaborative style that fosters teamwork and cooperation.  The ability to think strategically while maintaining exceptional attention to detail is crucial as is a commitment to excellent customer service.

The English-Speaking Union of the United States (ESU) is a New York-based non-profit, non-sectarian, and non-political organization with some 60 American Branches and more than 6,000 members and with affiliates in more than 50 countries. Founded in 1920, the ESU has evolved into an international network that celebrates English as a shared language to foster global understanding and good will by providing educational and cultural opportunities.  It fulfills its mission through a range of educational activities geared toward high school and middle school students as well as their teachers; a conversational English training program, English in Action (EiA); the Andrew Romay New Immigrant Center; and a National Speaker Program hosts visiting lecturers from the United Kingdom. For detailed information, please consult the ESU's website:


Bachelor's degree with two to three years of fundraising experience, preferably involving writing and donor engagement activities, are required, as are strong project management and interpersonal skills.  Excellent English writing skills are fundamental.  Ability to work well with a range of personalities both internally and externally; to travel on occasion; and to work well under pressure is necessary.  Proficiency with Word, Excel and PowerPoint; with Facebook and Twitter; as well as with Raiser's Edge fundraising software is imperative.

The ESU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  We offer a competitive salary and excellent benefits.  To be considered an applicant, please send a cover letter expressing your interest, explaining your credentials for the position and providing your salary requirements, your resume, and three writing samples to:

Hiring Officer, Dept ETM
The English-Speaking Union
144 East 39th Street
New York, NY  10016

Or Email to   Please no calls.   No recruiters. 

Education Assistant, School and Teacher Programs

The English-Speaking Union is a non-profit educational organization that forges global understanding through its English language programs.

The ESU seeks an industrious individual, committed to English education and international exchanges, to provide primary support to the Education Director for the following:

  • National Shakespeare Competition
  • Educators Study Abroad: UK
  • Luard Morse Scholarship
  • Secondary School Exchange
  • Middle School Debate

Job Responsibilities:

  • Assist Manager in all aspects of implementation for programs listed above.
  • Respond to inquiries from teachers and volunteers.
  • Coordinate logistics for National Shakespeare Competition.
  • Oversee outreach for student and teacher exchange programs.
  • Oversee program registrations and applications, working with partner organizations to coordinate registration and payments.
  • Coordinate middle school debate program with Program Manager and teachers.
  • Update, print and distribute Education Department materials.
  • Maintain database for education programs.  Produce reports, as directed.
  • Maintain and update Education Program pages on the website, and be responsible for related digital and social media.
  • Provide administrative assistance to other educational programs as needed, including organizing events, coordinating volunteers, and entering data.


  • Bachelor's degree in English, education, international studies, communications, liberal arts or similar
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to work with people of different ages and backgrounds
  • Excellent ability to prioritize and multitask
  • Excellent MS Office skills
  • Experience with social media, including Constant Contact

Reports to:  Education Director

To apply: Email cover letter and resume as one attachment to Please place "Education Assistant" in the subject line. 

Current Internships

Education department intern

Description: The ESU seeks an Education Department intern for the Spring 2016 semester. The internship provides an opportunity to participate in the day-to-day operations of an international, educational non-profit organization. Interns closely work with all members of the Education Department. They assist with a variety of ESU Education programs including study aboard and professional development opportunities for educators and English language and literature programs for students. This internship focuses on our National Shakespeare Competition for high school students. Perfect for a current university or graduate student in the New York City area interested in English, Education and/or Communications.

Typical Duties:

  • Assist with the organization and running of the ESU New York Shakespeare Competition for NYC area high schools (Winter 2016)
  • Chaperone contestants during the National Shakespeare Competition at Lincoln Center (April 30-May 3, 2016)
  • Create and/or update ESU Education program materials (programs, newsletters, etc.).
  • Create and compile promotional, fundraising and 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. Preference given to graduate students seeking credit.

Time Commitment: 10-15 hours per week.

Stipend: Intern will receive a stipend of $750 for the semester (plus an additional stipend for chaperoning at the National Competition). Metrocard also available for transportation reimbursement.

How to Apply:  Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to Carol Losos at This position is open until filled, but early applications are much appreciated.

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.