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We welcome inquiries from graduate students at Northwestern, TESOL professionals, and community members who are interested in meeting and supporting international students through our programs. To find out how you can get involved, please select one of the tabs below to see more information.

If you are a department representative looking for support for an international student, scholar, or staff member, please see our Advising for Faculty and Staff section for additional information.

PhD and MFA students

Our recruitment period for graduate student positions is typically March through April or May for Summer Quarter and Fall Quarter positions. We have full GA-ships as well as part-time paid volunteer positions.

Part-time mentoring/leadership/service positions  (supplemental stipend award): download the position descriptions below for links to apply and more information.

Graduate & Teaching Assistantships (full tuition and stipend support): visit the Interdisciplinary Graduate Assistantship Portal  for full position descriptions and instructions on how to apply for the GA-ships listed below or see the TGS Interdisciplinary Graduate Assistantships page for more information.

Still have questions, or want to get involved before the next recruitment period? Please contact us at and let us know.

Northwestern Community

Affiliates include Northwestern faculty, staff, graduate students in masters programs that are not overseen by The Graduate School, undergraduates, research associates, visiting scholars, visiting pre-doctoral fellows and all other Northwestern community members with a NetID. If you are unsure about whether you have affiliate status for ELP services, please contact Brian Hampson at to arrange an advising appointment (in-person and Zoom options are available for advising).

  • Affiliates who want to get involved may 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.
  • Affiliates may also sign up for Instruction and Practice Small Groups, if space remains available after registration for the TGS cohort has concluded.

Affiliates do not include spouses and family members of students. Please see our additional resources page for information on programs for family members of students.

Evanston & Chicago Local 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.

TESOL/SLP Professionals

We are always interested in networking with TESOL professionals, communication coaches, and 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. We may also be able to include you on our list of local private tutors and individual instructors for members of the Northwestern University community who are looking for private instruction.

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 contact information, cover letter, curriculum vitae/resumé and names of three professional references.