ACTFL Center for Assessment, Research and Development
The ACTFL Center for Assessment, Research and Development (CARD) invites applications for its Internship Program. ACTFL’s mission is to provide vision, leadership and support for quality teaching and learning of languages. As such, this internship is designed as a pathway to the profession; its goal is to help recipients (1) explore the field, (2) develop professional & academic skills, and (3) accumulate experiences that will serve as the foundation for future leadership roles. Recipients will be invited to co-construct their learning goals in collaboration with ACTFL staff; however, examples of learning opportunities include:
- Preparing materials for use in research studies
- Conducting and authoring literature reviews
- Performing statistical analyses using software applications
- Performing thematic or other qualitative analyses
- Contributing to the development of assessment instruments
- Contributing to the development of workshop materials
- Editing and proofreading reports
- Transcribing interviews
Benefits: In addition to the above mentioned experiential learning opportunities, recipients have access to rater certification training, meeting attendance, as well as shadowing opportunities. Recipients will also receive a travel stipend of $250/week.
Qualifications: Our ideal candidate is a self-motivated and professional individual excited about the learning and teaching of languages. Candidates must be a currently enrolled college/university student pursuing a degree or specialization in languages, linguistics, teaching, or a related field. Additional qualifications include:
- Proficiency in one or more world languages required
- Excellent writing, editing and proofreading skills
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, a people-friendly attitude and an upbeat, positive demeanor
- Ability to work collaboratively, cooperatively and collegially
- Strong organization, planning and time management skills
- Adept use of Microsoft Office Suite required, especially regarding the creation of reports, graphs, tables and presentations
- Preferred statistical skills: knowledge of computer packages such as SPSS
How to Apply: Interested candidates should send a letter of interest to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note in the subject line the following: Application for Internship (Your Name). Please also include the below requested documents. All should be saved with applicant’s name and document reference. For example: First_LastName_CV or First_LastName_Transcript.
- Resume/CV (should note language study and include academic and professional activities)
- Letter of Interest: In 1-2 pages, please explain your professional goals and what your field-related interests are, how they align with ACTFL’s mission, and discuss how ACTFL can be of assistance. You should also address what you can contribute to this internship experience.
- The names of two faculty members who have agreed to send a letter of recommendation that
will address your teaching, assessment, and/or research skills or promise; faculty should e-mail their letters of recommendation to: email@example.com. The file name should be saved as: ApplicantName_reference_ReferenceName_2017.
- Transcript (unofficial is acceptable)
- Academic Writing Sample (3-5 pages)
Selected candidates may be contacted for a brief interview and will be chosen to commence intern activities in March 2017, 20 hours/week.
The application deadline is March 3, 2017.
The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is dedicated to the improvement and expansion of the teaching and learning of all languages at all levels of instruction. ACTFL is an individual membership organization of more than 12,500 language educators and administrators from elementary through graduate education, as well as government and industry.
Since its founding (in 1967), ACTFL has become synonymous with innovation, quality, and reliability in meeting the changing needs of language educators and their students. From the development of Proficiency Guidelines, to its leadership role in the creation of national standards, ACTFL focuses on issues that are critical to the growth of both the profession and the individual teacher.
The mission of the ACTFL Center for Assessment, Research and Development is to support PK-12 schools and institutions of higher education in areas of assessment and articulation; to develop and maintain high-quality language proficiency assessments; to train, certify and maintain highly reliable assessment testers and raters; to conduct research on proficiency and performance outcomes; and to collaborate with other language organizations and government agencies to support and promote research in the areas of high quality language teaching and learning, including the implications for teacher education.