English as a Second Language (ESL) Education Intern

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BACKGROUND: The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. At work in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities to restore safety, dignity and hope, the IRC leads the way from harm to home. The IRC in Atlanta office was established in 1979 and has resettled over 21,000 refugees from nearly 50 countries into the Greater Atlanta area. As the largest refugee resettlement agency in Georgia, the IRC in Atlanta resettles an average of 800 refugees into Georgia annually and provides additional services and assistance to another 1,500 refugees and asylees.

SCOPE OF ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE EDUCATION INTERN WORK: The ESL Education Intern assists newly arrived refugee clients gain English literacy comprehension and literacy skills so that they can become self-sufficient and thrive in their new community. ESL instruction is focused on developing vocabulary and confidence for dealing with real world survival situations such as shopping, housing issues, public transportation, employment, and other daily living skills.


• Assist instructor in daily classroom activities including one-on-one tutoring, leading small groups, and teaching specific components of the curriculum.
• Assist instructor in developing and implementing multi-level comprehension and literacy activities.
• Support program activities by researching new curriculum content and preparing educational materials as requested by instructor.
• Support and assist with general program improvements, specifically in the gap between education best practices and the day-to-day classroom operations.
• Assist with record-keeping, data entry, and file maintenance to support program administration.


• Excellent written and oral communication skills in English.
• Strong interest in working with international clients in a cross-cultural environment.
• International experience and previous teaching experience a plus.
• Ability to take initiative and be able to work independently, be flexible and creative.
• Enthusiasm for helping people learn.
• ESL classes are held Monday through Thursday, between 9:00 and 12:00, with lesson planning and administrative work before and afterwards. Interns must be able to commit to at least 15 hours per week.

Internship Deadlines: Spring Dec 15, Summer Apr 15, Fall Jul 15.
For more information or to apply, please contact Hayat Nawd, Volunteer and External Relations Coordinator, at VolunteerATL@Rescue.org or 678-636-8928. To learn more about us, please visit the IRC website at www.Rescue.org/Atlanta

(US applicants only)

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