Intern with Literacy Network

Internship at a Glance

Literacy Network hires paid interns ($15/hour) for the Spring, Summer, and Fall semesters. Interns lead their Community Literacy tutoring classes each semester by providing individualized lesson plans, coordination, and support to their adult ESL students and volunteer tutors.

Interns have the opportunity to learn, practice, and improve their:

  • lesson-planning
  • teaching
  • interpersonal communication
  • project management

Interested in applying? Look below for our application and a more detailed description of the internship position!

 The Summer 2024 Internship Application is Closed

Fall applications will open in July.

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

Interns attend onboarding training before the semester and trainings throughout the semester on lesson planning, curriculum, and end-of-semester reporting. 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

Supervisor: Director of ESL Tutoring

Summer Semester Dates: May 28 to August 17, 2024

Required Onboarding Training: Tuesday, May 14 from 6-8pm (virtual) and Wednesday, May 15 from 5-8pm (at Literacy Network)

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.

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

Applications for Summer 2024 internships are due on Sunday, April 7th.

Please email Leanne Chan at leanne@litnetwork.org for any questions about the internship.

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