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We welcome inquiries from graduate students at Northwestern, TESOL professionals, and community members who are interested in supporting international students through English language and American cultural programs. Review our open full-time staff positions and GAships, internships, and paid part-time service positions in the table below, or scroll down for additional information on how to get involved.

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Our recruitment period runs from March 12 to April 3 2024 for most graduate student positions. Check back later to see position descriptions and application links.

Part-time mentoring/service positions
(supplemental stipend award):

  • Online Peer Mentor in ELP Foundations (Summer 2024, part-time)
  • English Development through Guided Exploration (EDGE) Graduate Leader (Fall 2024, part-time)

Graduate Assistantships
(full tuition and stipend support):
Apply through the Interdisciplinary Graduate Assistantship Portal

  • Linguistics 482 Teaching Assistantship (Fall 2024, Winter 2025, Spring 2025, and/or Summer 2025)
  • Graduate Assistant Internship in English Language Programs (3-4 quarters, can start Summer 2024 or Fall 2024)
  • See the TGS Interdisciplinary Graduate Assistantships page for more information on GAship funding policies

MS-SLL Internships
Students in the Masters in Speech, Language and Learning program may be nominated by MS-SLL faculty for paid teaching internships in our program.

Interns complete a paid 8-10 week training course in the summer before the academic year in which they are appointed as an intern. Students who complete the training will be appointed as an instructor in LING 482 for one quarter (timing is based on the student's clinical schedule) with the option to request additional quarters if funding is available.

Contact Dr. Julia Moore at for more information on the nomination process.

Opportunities for Graduate Students

ELP Teaching Assistantships: ELP TAships provide experience in language teaching and tuition and stipend funding for graduate students in the language sciences, including the PhD programs in Linguistics and Communication Sciences and Disorders, and the PhD and Masters programs in Speech-Language Pathology. PhD and MFA students in other programs with appropriate training and experience in language teaching may also be eligible for these opportunities. Masters students in these programs may be eligible for additional funding as adjunct instructors on a limited basis. New ELP TAs are required to attend additional training prior to the start of their TAship, typically in the summer quarter.

ELP Graduate Internships:  ELP Graduate Interns work directly with the ELP Director and Program Coordinator to support ELP curricula and programming. Interns will observe and participate in the work required to operate a program that combines both academic and clinical/support aspects in a higher-education setting, gaining skills and experience in project work that will be valuable both inside and outside academia. They will meet regularly with the Director and the ELP staff, receiving mentorship, guidance, and feedback in their work. Benefits include the opportunity to work with a team, to apply research and scholarship skills to programmatic work, to develop new skills, to interact with students and postdocs from across the university, and to develop increased cultural competence. Duties will vary as the ELP admin team deems appropriate and necessary throughout the course of the academic year. The position can be partially tailored to the interests and experience of the intern where that is possible.

Service Opportunities for All Northwestern Graduate Students: We also offer paid part-time leadership and mentoring service positions in our EDGE  and ELP Foundations programs. Each year in the month of April we accept applications for positions in the following summer and academic year.  Please see the table above for information on how to apply, and the ELP Foundations and EDGE pages for additional information about these programs.

Engagement Opportunities for Northwestern Students, Scholars, and the Northwestern Community: Anyone with a Northwestern NetID is invited to join in our Language Tables, which bring people from around campus together for casual conversation and cultural exchange.  Contact us at to learn more about any of these opportunities. 

For the Evanston/Chicago Community:

The Community Council for International Students (CCIS) is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to providing support, events, host families, and conversation partners for international students and scholars at Northwestern University. CCIS welcomes new members to join in their mission of welcoming international members to the Northwestern community! See the CCIS page for more information.

For TESOL/SLP Professionals:

We are always interested in networking with TESOL professionals and accent modification speech-language pathologists, especially those working in higher education and international student education. Depending on current needs, English Language Programs may have opportunities for affiliate (adjunct) instructors during the academic year and in the summer quarter.

Any full-time openings will be posted publicly on the Northwestern University Careers site.

If you are interested in an affiliate faculty position, or if you would like to be added to our list of local private tutors/individual instructors, please email the following information to Assistant Director Brian Hampson at