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CASA ESOL Program Intern

Employee Type:
Internship with Stipend

Hours:
10 hours per week for approximately 12 weeks, flexibility to choose hours between the timeframe of Monday to Friday from 1 PM to 9 PM

Location:
CASA’s Maryland Multicultural Center, 8151 15th Avenue, Hyattsville, MD 20783  and Takoma Park Middle School, 7611 Piney Branch Rd, Takoma Park, MD 20912

CASA & CASA IN ACTION SYNOPSIS:
As the largest grassroots immigrant advocacy organization in the Mid-Atlantic region, CASA has over 36 years of experience organizing over 115,000 lifetime immigrant, Latino, and working class members. Founded in 1986, our model focuses on blending human services, community organizing, and strategic campaigns in order to serve the full spectrum of the needs, dreams, and aspirations of our members. CASA’s mission is to create a more just society by building power and improving the quality of life in working-class and immigrant communities. Our vision is a future where we stand in our own power, our families live free from discrimination and fear, and our diverse communities thrive as we work with our partners to achieve full human rights for all. CASA has a sister organization, CASA in Action, a separate, but related, nonprofit organization that is exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code. CASA in Action endorses candidates that advance its membership’s priorities and facilitates greater engagement of Latinos and voters of color in elections. Although CASA and CASA in Action share a common goal of supporting immigrants and low-income people in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, they are separate organizations with their own board of directors.

DEPARTMENT SYNOPSIS:
CASA’s Department of Education provides ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) courses to adult learners using both Popular Education and Traditional Education methodologies to address the linguistic needs of its students and to provide them with otherwise unavailable educational opportunities.  Our classes also serve to empower students to make positive social change within their community and connect students to concrete opportunities to join other CASA members in the fight for immigration reform, workers’ rights, universal equality, and social justice.  

The goal of CASA’s Life Skills ESOL Program is to improve participants’ listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in English so that they may become more financially independent, increase their employability, better integrate into U.S. society, and achieve their personal goals.  Classes provide adult-learners with the skills to apply English accurately and appropriately in a variety of places including but not limited to home, community, and workplace settings. 

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES
The ESOL Program Intern will work directly with CASA’s ESOL staff to perform a range of duties that ensure high program quality in the areas of curriculum development, outreach and administration.

  • Record and track program data and student enrollment data on Excel spreadsheets and in Salesforce database, particularly at the start and end of each session
  • Update outreach materials, student surveys and other program materials
  • Assist in the maintenance of the ESOL Program’s online library of curriculum materials and instructional resources
  • Perform administrative duties such as organizing paperwork and office materials and making copies of supplemental materials on a weekly basis
  • Assist the ESOL teacher in facilitating engaging and practical lesson plans for working adults that include authentic materials, culture, and technology
  • Conduct outreach calls, text messages and emails in Spanish (mostly) and English to potential ESOL students to provide a program overview and information regarding upcoming registrations
  • Develop a comprehensive list of community serving organizations with the potential to provide referrals to CASA’s ESOL services
  • Assist the ESOL Coordinators in updating curriculum materials, including conducting online research of multimedia ESOL resources
  • Participate in outreach events and other CASA community events related to immigration reform and social justice
  • Potential for other duties to be performed as the occasion and necessity arises 

PREFERRED EXPERIENCE/ SKILLS SET: 

  • Proficient in Spanish and English, French proficiency preferred but not required
  • High comfort level with basic computer programs, including Microsoft Word and Excel; willingness to learn other needed computer skills and programs, particularly Salesforce database, Google sheets and Google forms Comfortable working both independently and as part of a team
  • Extremely detail oriented and organized
  • Respectful of all cultures and comfortable working in a multicultural environment
  • Committed to progressive social change and supportive of CASA’s mission

BENEFITS OF POSITION

  • Experience working with one of the state’s largest adult ESOL programs and the opportunity to learn from a programmatic perspective the essential qualities and protocols needed to operate an innovative, non-profit ESOL program   
  • Exposure to Popular Education and adult continuing education curricula including hands-on classroom experience
  • Experience performing administrative tasks essential to non-profit entry-level employment including Excel spreadsheets, Google sheets, professional email correspondence, and Salesforce database
  • Experience working in a nationally recognized non­profit organization that serves the immigrant community in Maryland

Interested candidates should email their cover letter and resume to Shannon Wilk de Benitez, Deputy Director of Education, at swilk@wearecasa.org.
 

Date: 
Sep 08, 2022
Type of Position: 
Volunteer Opportunity

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