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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 Katharine Strobel, Manager of Shakespeare Education Programs,at This 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.

Submit Resume with short Cover Letter to Grant Hamel at

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.