Critical Language Scholarship Program Intern, American Councils – Washington, DC


American Councils seeks applications to an internship position for the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program. The CLS Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, is an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for American students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities. Students spend eight to ten weeks abroad studying one of 14 critical languages. The program includes intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains.

The successful candidate will conduct an internship with the CLS Program team during Winter and Spring 2018. CLS interns work closely with a team of fourteen staff members to support aspects of the CLS Program, with a focus on alumni programming, outreach, and preparation for the 2018 summer program.

The internship position is paid at an hourly rate. Resumes will be reviewed beginning December 13, 2017 until the position is filled. Interviewed candidates will be asked to submit a short professional writing sample.

The intern position reports to the Senior Program Officer for Russian and Persian Language Programs.


  • Work with program alumni to prepare content for various publications and update alumni records;
  • Assist in filing applicant documents;
  • Assist with developing social media content;
  • Help develop written content for website, social media, and publications;
  • Assist with preparation for events and provide logistical support during events;
  • Categorize, evaluate, and organize media assets (photos and videos);
  • Assist in recruitment and outreach activities to colleges and universities;
  • Perform routine clerical tasks (filing, copying, mailing);
  • Gather information required for the compilation of grant reports; and
  • Assist with larger long-term projects as needed.


  • Working towards a Bachelor’s or advanced degree in international education, communication, or a related field of study;
  • Excellent written communication skills;
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills; detail-oriented;
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office, especially Excel and Word;
  • Ability to work independently and handle multiple priorities effectively;
  • Interest in international education, alumni programming, and/or foreign language acquisition; and
  • Foreign-language skills a plus, but not required.

Anticipated Internship Dates:

The internship runs from January through June 2018, with the opportunity for extension through the summer. The position requires 15 hours per week. Please address availability in your cover letter.

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