The English-Speaking Union

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Intern, ESU National Shakespeare Competition/ESU National Shakespeare Writing Program


The Intern, Shakespeare Programs, will assist with the administration of the ESU National Shakespeare Competition (a yearly performance competition taking place in April) and the ESU National Shakespeare Writing Program (a newly launched collection of competitions, events, and programming). The candidate will gain hands-on experience at an internationally-focused nonprofit organization and will have extensive contact with teachers, high school students, volunteers and staff. Minimum 15 hours per week, with availability in person on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 to 3:00 p.m., with the balance occurring remotely. Expect occasional weekends and night hours especially during the month of April. 


  • Plan, coordinate and execute projects within the Shakespeare programs
  • Assist with all aspects of school, teacher and student onboarding including data entry
  • Assist with communications to branch coordinators, teachers, parents and students 
  • Track school/student participation in events and workshops 
  • Assist Marketing Manager with execution of program social media plan as needed
  • Attend weekly staff meetings as needed
  • Assist with other program tasks as necessary

Required Skills/Attributes:

  • Outstanding organizational and communication skills
  • A strong interest in nonprofits and education, specifically English, theater, Shakespeare 
  • Strong computer literacy including knowledge of MS Office, social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram); willingness to learn new computer suites as necessary (Constant Contact, Access)
  • Desire to create a positive experience and environment for all program participants • Strong command of written and spoken English

 Preferred Skills/Attributes:

  • Experience volunteering or working with volunteers
  • Experience communicating with educators, parents and students in an academic setting
  • Experience with competitive academic programs such as forensics and Thespians

About The English-Speaking Union:

The English-Speaking Union employs English as a catalyst to foster global understanding and good will through educational opportunities and cultural exchange programs. The ESU offers a range of educational and cultural programs for immigrants, students and educators. The organization was established in 1920 and operates in 60 countries with over 50 branches across the United States.