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English in Action

A unique professional experience in a real-world environment

Choose a four or eight week experience

Improve your English and learn business skills in a real-world American office environment. On English in Action you will spend 4 or 8 weeks (depending on your visa) in a real American business environment after your English course. Placements are in a wide range of sectors including marketing, law, not-for-profit and hospitality.

Available at:

EC New YorkEC San FranciscoEC San Diego



We'll schedule a phone interview with placement staff prior to arrival to determine the following:

Your current English language level

Align your goals to those of the English in Action Programme

Discuss your placement expectation and opportunities

Please note, if you are starting an English course at a lower level and study at EC for more than 24 weeks, your interview will be scheduled post-arrival



Once you arrive at the EC Centre you will meet with your English in Action coordinator to prepare for your placement:

First meeting with coordinator scheduled at least four weeks prior to placement

Ongoing coaching regarding conventional American etiquette

Host company introduction two weeks prior to placement

Introductory meeting with host company

Acceptance & Start!

Once you start

Once you start

You will send a weekly status report to your EIA coordinator via email each Friday during your programme

Submit your final report on the last Friday of your programme

Maintain 80% attendance at your placement for the duration of the programme

A professional presentation about your placement on the final week

Receive your Certificate of Completion!

English in Action

English in Action

During your programme, you will be required to send a status report to your EIA coordinator via email each Friday.

You must submit your final report on the last Friday of your programme.

You must maintain 80% attendance at your placement for duration of programme

Receive your Certificate of Completion!

Add English in Action to your course

Study 4+ weeks at EC New York, EC San Diego or EC San Francisco to prepare you for your placement. Study until you successfully reach the Upper-Intermediate level. New courses start every Monday. 

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Possible duties on your English in Action placement include entry level tasks, small projects, participating in meetings. Remember to have fun and practice your English to help us track your experience.


You will be required to email a weekly status report to the English in Action (EIA) coordinator every Friday afternoon and staff will be available regularly to review and discuss your EIA experience.


You will finish your English in Action placement with a professional presentation about your experiences and the organisation you were placed with.


You will receive an English in Action Certificate of Completion if you maintain 80% or better attendance at your placement organisation. The certificate is issued by EC with your host company's name

  • Is English In Action organised through my school or an external provider?

    Everything is arranged through the EC English in Action co-ordinator.

  • Why not just do a general English course and get a part time job and get paid for it?

    Students cannot legally work in the USA under this type of programme.

  • Can I do English lessons and EIA at same time?

    No. You need to do EIA placement after at least 4 weeks of English coursework with EC.

  • Can I do EIA any time of the year?

    Yes, EIA can take place at any time of the year, but please be aware that placements overlapping with national holidays will be more challenging and may have less hours overall during holiday periods.

  • Where will I stay during my placement?

    You can stay in our EC accommodations or arrange your own.

  • Will I have to be present on weekends?


  • Who do I contact with concerns or issues during my placement?

    You can contact your EIA co-ordinator at any time or your contact at the placement company.

  • What happens if I cancel or quit?

    If you cancel your English in Action pre-arrival, you will receive a full refund. If you cancel your English in Action booking post arrival, then the standard EC English Terms and Conditions apply. Terms and Conditions can be found on our website.

  • Can I extend my stay?

    Yes, you may extend your stay to the maximum your visa will allow you to stay in the country.

English Course before English in Action: minimum of 4 weeks

English level: Upper Intermediate

Minimum age: 18

English in Action length: 4 or 8 weeks (between 20 and 40 hours per week)

4 weeks: $700
8 Weeks: $900

Available in:

EC New York

EC San Francisco

EC San Diego

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