Intern with Literacy Network


Literacy Network interns have an important role in our programs!

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 Spring 2024 Internship Application is Closed

We will start accepting applications for Summer 2024 internships on March 12th.

Internship Overview:

Literacy Network interns have an important role in our ESL tutoring program, Community Literacy. Each intern manages a class of student/tutor pairs who meet weekly for 2 hours. Students enrolled in the tutoring program are adult immigrants and refugees looking to improve English and literacy skills. Interns write lesson plans to help students improve reading, writing, listening, and speaking in English, and also to help them reach their individualized 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

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

Pay: $15/hour

Summer Dates: May 14th to August 17th, 2024

Supervisor: Director of ESL Tutoring

Internship Responsibilities:

  • Attend paid training at the start and end of semester
  • Commit to 8-10 hours weekly for an entire semester
    • 2 hours/week at your session
    • Remaining hours to prepare for your session
  • 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 of tutors
  • Make weekly reminder phone calls to students in your session
  • 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 in-person classes at Literacy Network or community site

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

  • Lesson planning
  • Adult education
  • Working with people of various cultures
  • 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 for the position.

Training Dates:

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

  • Tuesday, May 14th from 6-8pm, virtual on Zoom
  • Wednesday, May 15th from 5-8pm at Literacy Network

Internship Class Times:

    • Mondays, 6pm-8pm at Literacy Network (701 Dane Street)
    • 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

We will start accepting applications for Summer 2024 internships on March 12th.

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

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