LINGUIST List 30.55

Mon Jan 07 2019

Internships: Applied Linguistics: Associate Positions, ETS English Language Learning Summer Institute

Editor for this issue: Becca Morris <>

Date: 30-Nov-2018
From: Emelie Loeb <>
Subject: Applied Linguistics: Associate Positions, ETS English Language Learning Summer Institute, Princeton, New Jersey, USA
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University or Organization: Educational Testing Service
Department: English Language Learning (ELL)
Web Address:

Type of Work: Annotation

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics

Duration: 08-Jul-2019 to 16-Aug-2019
Internship Location: Princeton, New Jersey, USA
Minimum Education Level: BA
Special Qualifications: 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 Institute workforce includes people from a variety of backgrounds, such as undergraduate students, graduate students, teachers, professors, and professional writers. Applicants must have completed at least some undergraduate work in order to be considered.
All summer associates must have appropriate authorization to work in the United States. If you do not currently have U.S. work authorization, please note: Some candidates who receive an offer to be a summer associate may be able to apply for a CPT or an OPT work authorization visa if enrolled at a U.S. university. Check with your university’s international student services office or program coordinator for eligibility before applying to the ELL Summer Institute. CPT visas can usually be acquired quickly, while OPT visas typically take longer. Candidates who receive an offer and who need a CPT or an OPT visa should apply for one of these visas immediately upon accepting our offer. Summer associates must have a very high degree of fluency in English but do not need to be native speakers.

All summer associates must have excellent writing skills. The work requires:
- Verbal precision and sensitivity to nuance
- Analytic skill
- Attention to detail
- Receptiveness to instruction

Additionally, summer associates must be able to:
- Work well individually and collaboratively
- Carefully consider constructive feedback
- 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 22
summer associates for the summer of 2019.

Position Overview:
ELL summer associates will produce materials for use on large-scale,
high-stakes standardized tests of English language proficiency. Each summer
associate 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
- Identifying academic texts which are suitable for testing reading
- Creating conversations and talks that test listening comprehension
- Developing scenarios and prompts that allow candidates to demonstrate their
speaking or writing skills

The program runs from July 8 through August 16 (6 weeks) for all test
sections. Summer associates 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. Summer
associates must provide or arrange their own housing and transportation.

Application Deadline: 31-Mar-2019

Web Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Ms. Monica Hopkins
Phone: 609-734-1926

Page Updated: 07-Jan-2019