What really impressed me about my supervisor was the way she brought compassion to her work. She assured me that in her role as supervisor she was not here to judge me, but to serve my learning. I hadn't had an experience like that before. Every teaching evaluation I'd ever had was just that: an evaluation. … Through SIT’s style of education, I've found a new way to do things, and I am excited about the possibility of assisting and serving new teachers in the way that [my supervisor] served my learning.
The internship allows students to practice the skills, knowledge, and awareness acquired during the first-term coursework phase. An SIT faculty member spends a number of days with the student—wherever they are in the world—to observe their teaching. During this period, the student has the full attention and support of the supervisor who will work with them to enhance their teaching and advance their goals as a teacher. The onsite observation is intended to be an intensive, highly productive period of engagement and observation.
This personalized on-site mentorship is a core element of the MA TESOL program.
Recent teaching internship sites have included:
- The Welcome Project (Somerville, Mass.)
- Ascentria (West Springfield, Mass.)
- Ascentria (Concord, N.H.
- Worcester State University (Worcester, Mass.)
- BEST Corp. Hospitality Training Center (Boston, Mass.)
- ELS (New Haven, Conn.)
- American Language Center (Rabat, Morocco)
- World Education (Mae Sot, Thailand)
- Centro Espiral Mana (Costa Rica)
- Roosevelt Institute (Nicaragua)
- EMBI (Poland)
Expenses associated with the internships (transportation to and from internship site, room and board) are not included in the cost of the tuition.