ESL Intern



The purpose of the World Relief Internship is to prepare interns for cross-cultural service by immersing them in the field of refugee resettlement, service and non-profit administration. ESL interns partner with adult refugee and immigrant students to build their confidence and skills in English communication so they can thrive in their new American context.

Possible Responsibilities

• Serve as an English tutor for 5-10 adult students at various levels, meeting virtually with each of them each week to review the lessons from their class for that week, practice conversation, and check in relationally
• Assist English instructors with facilitating activities in weekly class Zoom calls
• Assist English instructors with creating materials
• Assemble packets with learning materials for students and mail them out
• Assist ESL Team to track student attendance, metrics, & volunteer matches
• Assist ESL Team with administering standardized tests for students
• Create monthly calendar for students
• Check in on students who are new in the classes to make sure they understand how to complete lessons
• Attend weekly ESL Team meeting
• Participate in other ESL-specific trainings and meetings with ESL Team as desired & available
• Other related tasks or observation opportunities may be assigned depending on WRS’ needs and each intern’s interests



• Flexibility!
• Strong communication skills
• Ability to take initiative
• Ability and desire to work with people from various cultural, religious and social backgrounds
• Patience, perseverance, and a willingness to risk discomfort for the sake of building meaningful relationships
• Desire to serve refugees and the mission of World Relief (“Empowering the local Church to serve the most
• Previous ESL experience NOT required


Other Aspects of Internship

• 6-8 weekly evening meetings (usually Monday nights 6:00-8:00) with World Relief staff for training
• Readings and videos on forced migration, diversity, equity & inclusion, cross-cultural work, and a theology of hospitality
• Reflective journal entries



Internships generally begin in January, April, June or September. The internship lasts for a minimum of 3 months and interns are expected to work a minimum of 200 direct service hours to complete the internship. At least two half days of availability each week are required.


For more information, or to request an application contact:
Laurel Tallent - Internship Coordinator, World Relief Seattle
(253) 277-1121