Internships - English at Home Intern

Arriving in the United States as a refugee or immigrant can be confusing and overwhelming.  Adjusting to new customs, navigating new systems, and learning a new language are all challenges that our clients face as they settle-in to their new communities.

Our goal is to build fundamental literacy skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) for emerging English speakers facing barriers (transportation, childcare or cultural practices) to attending traditional English classes.  

Since early 2020, our volunteers have been addressing these barriers by providing one-on-one or small group virtual sessions. Our hope is that refugees and volunteers create a relationship that expands their networks and promotes refugee resiliency while building the real-life knowledge, attitudes, and skills.

In our end of the year survey, our volunteers asked for additional support to help them to perform their role to the best of their ability. As an intern, you will be able to help us meet our goals to improve Literacy for emerging English speakers. You will gain experience by adapting and creating learner-focused materials. You will also be able to work directly with our volunteers and their learners to provide insight. 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Work with current volunteers to identify the specific needs of support
  •  Modify current lessons, as needed 
  • Create engaging, learner-focused lessons that work on English phonics, reading, writing, and speaking skills for Adult Learners
  • Review and make suggestions to improve, if necessary, our volunteer training on teaching emerging English Speakers (Adults)
  • Share Best Practices
  • Opportunity to lead volunteer training workshop, if desired


Our Learners (in 2020)

  • 86% arrived as refugees
  • Countries of Birth: Burma, DR Congo, Malaysia, Somalia
  • Gender: 57% are female
  • Ages: 39% are between 18-34 years old, 42% are between 35-54 years old
  • Our learners each have different strengths and areas for growth.  Some may speak English, but not read or write or vice versa while others may not read in their first language or their language uses a different alphabet.


  • Pursuing a Masters in Education with an emphasis on English as a Second Language, Bilingual education, Curriculum Development, Linguistics or a related field

Time Requirements: 

  • 5-10 hours per week
  • 2 semester Commitment preferred
  • Flexible Scheduling

Skills/ Experience

  • Experience with teaching or tutoring Adults is strongly recommended.
  • Additional language skills or experience overseas are not required but are a plus
  • Ability to adapt materials provided and/or create lesson plans
  • Strong Interpersonal skills
  • Strong Verbal and Written Communication

Process and Training

  • Initial Phone Interview
  • Zoom Interview with Refugee Integration Specialist
  • Program Training
  • Volunteer Policies Online module (30 min) 
  • Virtual Meet Ups
  • Free Pro Literacy Membership

The Impact

By supporting our volunteers, you provide an opportunity for refugees to learn and improve their everyday English speaking, reading and writing. Whether it is: scheduling a doctor’s appointment, passing the citizenship test, asking their child’s teacher questions, going shopping or encouraging discussion about daily life, you will make a difference by providing the tools for success!

All of our programs are free to our clients, and we couldn’t provide the level of service we do without the help of our wonderful volunteers and interns. We believe the connections our volunteers and interns make with their clients are mutually beneficial and make our communities stronger and more vibrant.


Schedule Summary

This activity generally occurs on

  • Monday - Morning, Afternoon
  • Tuesday - Morning, Afternoon
  • Wednesday - Morning, Afternoon
  • Thursday - Morning, Afternoon
  • Friday - Morning, Afternoon