Intern with Literacy Network


Literacy Network interns help run our tutoring programs. Interns support volunteer tutors and adult students in their class.

Interns will practice or improve:

  • lesson-planning
  • project management
  • teaching skills

Literacy Network hires paid interns ($15/hour) for the Spring, Summer, and Fall semesters.

 The Fall 2023 Internship Application is Closed

Spring 2023 internship applications will open in November.

Internship Overview:

Interns manage a group of tutor/student pairs who meet weekly to work towards the students' goals.

As an intern, you will:

  • Create weekly lesson plans
  • Oversee a weekly session throughout an entire semester
  • Support up to 8 tutor/student pairs

ESL Interns help local immigrants and refugees improve English and literacy skills.

Essential Literacy Interns help local adults build essential skills in writing, reading, computer literacy, and math. Adults in this program are native speakers of English and advanced English language learners.

Training, lesson planning materials, mentoring, and ongoing support are provided to interns. This position is a great opportunity to improve or practice lesson-planning, project management, and teaching skills while helping others in the community.

Internship Responsibilities:

  • Attend paid trainings throughout the semester
  • Commit to 8-10 hours weekly for an entire semester
    • 2 hours/week at your session
    • Remaining hours to prepare for your session
    • Summer Internship is May 15th- August 21st, 2023
  • Prepare individualized lesson plans for tutor/student pairs
  • Manage your weekly session (arranging room, tracking attendance, scheduling, documentation, and providing support as needed)
  • Tutor students as needed when your session is short tutors.
  • Make weekly reminder phone calls to students in your session.
  • Check in regularly with students and tutors throughout the semester
  • Help facilitate end-of-semester reporting


  • One year of community college or university education, or relevant life or work experience
  • Fluency in spoken and written English
  • Reliable technology and access to internet, Zoom, and email
  • Reliable transportation to Literacy Network

Preferred candidates will have experience with (or an interest in learning more about):

  • Lesson planning
  • Adult education
  • Working with people of other cultures
  • ESL specific: ESL lesson planning/instruction, learning a second language

UW-Madison and Madison college students with work-study eligibility are encouraged to apply and to use their work-study award. Work study is not required.

Pay: $15/hour

Internship Supervisors:

  • Director of ABE (Essential Literacy internships)
  • Director of ESL Tutoring (ESL internships)


We are recruiting one intern for each of the sessions below. 

  • Essential Literacy
    • Tuesdays, 6-8pm at Literacy Network
    • Wednesdays, 10am-12pm at Literacy Network 
    • Wednesdays, 5:45-7:45pm at Lakeview Library (2845 N. Sherman Ave) 
    • Thursdays, 10:00-12:00pm at East Madison Community Center (8 Straubel Court) 
  • ESL
    • Mondays, 6pm-8pm at Literacy Network
    • Mondays, 6pm-8pm Virtual
    • Tuesdays, 10am- 12pm at Literacy Network
    • Tuesdays, 6pm-8pm Virtual
    • Wednesdays, 9am-11am Virtual
    • Wednesdays, 6pm-8pm Virtual
    • Wednesdays, 6pm-8pm at Vera Court Neighborhood Center (614 Vera Court)
    • Thursdays, 10am-12pm at Lussier Community Education Center (55 S Gammon Rd.)
    • Saturdays, 9-11am at Literacy Network
    • Saturdays, 9-11am Virtual

Training Dates:

Literacy Network provides training for interns throughout the semester. Topics include onboarding, lesson planning, curriculum, career development, and end-of-semester reporting. Interns are required to attend onboarding training on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, August 29th from 6-8pm virtual on Zoom (onboarding)
  • Wednesday, August 30th from 5-8pm at Literacy Network (onboarding)

The Spring 2023 internship application will open in November.

Please email Lilly Rotter at lilly@litnetwork.org for any questions about the internship.

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