Unpaid Summer Intern, Teacher Programs
Job Details
Washington - Washington, DC


The Teacher Program staff at American Councils is responsible for implementing the Teachers of Critical Languages Program, an international exchange program that recruits and places English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teachers from China, Egypt, and Morocco within American K-12 schools where they teach their native language and culture for one academic year. Implementation includes but is not limited to recruitment, selection, placement, program training and support, and alumni relations.  During the summer, the main program activities include pre departure orientation preparation in June and the program orientation which will take place August 1 – August 10, 2020.


The Summer Teachers of Critical Languages Program Internship is an unpaid internship that presents students with an opportunity to work with a diverse group of teachers from China, Egypt and Morocco and learn about implementing an exchange program.  The departmental intern will work closely with the Senior Program Officer and other team members to help with tasks associated with an international exchange program, which will provide the intern with valuable insight into the field of international education and the workings of a nonprofit organization.  If interns are interested in receiving academic credit, we are happy to work with the intern and their university to satisfy necessary requirements.



Through this internship, the intern will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in communicating with international teachers and large-scale international education event planning, as well as insight into the workings of a nonprofit organization. Specific tasks and responsibilities will vary according to the intern’s interests and skills, but may include developing program materials, assisting with maintenance of the program’s social media presence, coordinating logistics including travel for program events, communicating with teachers in the U.S. and abroad, and compiling data and materials for grant proposals and reports. Interns should also expect to assist staff with routine administrative work.


Anticipated Internship Dates:

The summer internship is anticipated to last from May 18 to August 21. Start and end dates are flexible, with the possibility for a part-time extension through fall 2020. The position is approximately 35 hours per week with additional hours during the Orientation from August 1- 10, 2020. Please address availability in your cover letter. 

  • Working towards a Bachelor’s degree or graduate degree in a relevant field (e.g. language, education, area studies);
  • Must be currently enrolled in a higher education institution;
  • Study abroad or international experience preferred, but not required;
  • Knowledge of MS Word, Excel, Access, Publisher and social media platforms;
  • Ability to work independently while contributing to an overall team effort;
  • Ability to handle multiple priorities quickly and effectively; strong organizational skills; detail-oriented;
  • Strong written and oral communication skills in English;
  • Strong interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills; and
  • Foreign language skills in Arabic or Chinese a plus, but not required.


How to apply:

Interested applicants should upload both a resume and cover letter as part of the application. The cover letter should address your academic and professional experience and how that relates to the Teachers of Critical Language Program.  Applicants should also address what their goals are for this internship and what they hope to learn or take away from this experience. Please also address any additional relevant skills that you have (i.e. knowledge of other languages, working with people from other countries/cultures, etc.)


EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY – American Councils is committed to taking affirmative steps to enhance employment opportunities for minorities, women, veterans, and people with disabilities, and strives to ensure that meaningful employment and promotional opportunities are maintained for everyone. American Councils’ commitment to equal employment opportunity is based not only on federal requirements, but also on a longstanding commitment to maintaining a diverse workforce reflective of the communities in which we operate.