LINGUIST List 27.610

Tue Feb 02 2016

Internships: Applied Ling, General Ling: Summer Intern, ETS ELL Summer Institute, USA

Editor for this issue: Ashley Parker <>

Date: 01-Feb-2016
From: Elizabeth Jenner <>
Subject: ETS ELL Summer Institute
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University or Organization: Educational Testing Service
Department: English Language Learning
Web Address:

Type of Work: Annotation

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
                            General Linguistics

Duration: 11-Jul-2016 to 19-Aug-2016
Compensation: Paid: Attractive compensation
Internship Location: Princeton, New Jersey, USA
Minimum Education Level: No Minimum
Special Qualifications: Job Requirements: The TOEFL iBT test and the TOEIC tests are global measures, so ETS actively seeks candidates who can bring diverse experiences and perspectives to the work. The ELL summer internship workforce includes undergraduate students, graduate students, teachers, and professors. Interns must have a very high degree of fluency in English but do not need to be native speakers, nor do they need to be U.S. citizens. Non-U.S. citizens must have appropriate work visas. All interns must have excellent writing skills. The work requires verbal precision and sensitivity to nuance, analytic skill, attention to detail, and receptiveness to instruction. Interns must be able to work well individually and collaboratively, carefully consider constructive feedback, and manage their time effectively to meet targets.

The English Language Learning (ELL) group in the Assessment Development Division of Educational Testing Service (ETS) expects to hire approximately 35 interns for the summer of 2016.


ELL summer interns will produce materials for use on large-scale, high-stakes standardized tests of English language proficiency. Each intern will work on one of the following:

- TOEFL iBT® Test
The TOEFL iBT test is taken by nonnative speakers of English who are planning to apply to a college or university in an English-speaking country.

- TOEIC® Tests
The TOEIC tests are taken principally by people who need to communicate with both native and nonnative speakers of English in the context of the global workplace.

The test development work is intellectually challenging and rewarding. The work may include:

- writing items that test knowledge of grammar, vocabulary, and reading comprehension
- identifying academic texts which are suitable for testing reading comprehension
- creating conversations and talks that test listening comprehension
- developing scenarios and prompts that allow candidates to demonstrate their speaking or writing skills


The six-week program begins on Monday, July 11, and ends on Friday, August 19. Interns are expected to work 8:30–5:00, Monday through Friday, for the whole program, and will receive attractive compensation. All work is conducted at the ETS Rosedale campus in Princeton, New Jersey. Interns must provide or arrange their own housing and transportation.

Application Deadline: 27-Mar-2016

Web Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Ms. Monica Hopkins

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