Pre-K thru Elementary, Middle/Junior High thru High School, Higher Education
The ACTFL Center for Assessment, Research and Development (CARD) invites applications for its 2019 Internship and Scholars Program. ACTFL’s mission is to provide vision, leadership and support for quality teaching and learning of languages. As such, this internship/scholar program 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.
Scholars work remotely on a single project. Projects are framed by ACTFL staff to further its research priorities and its assessment agenda. Scholars are invited to co-construct the method with which the project/subject matter is approached. Projects typically result in a concrete product such as a technical report, research report, or test specifications. ACTFL encourages scholars to continue to build upon their work after the conclusion of the summer in the areas of publications and conference presentations.
Interns work in residence at ACTFL Headquarters in Alexandria, VA, and are invited to co-construct their goals in collaboration with ACTFL staff; examples of learning opportunities include:
Contributing to the development of workshop materials
Preparing materials for use in research studies
Authoring technical reports based on ACTFL data and research
Conducting and authoring literature reviews
Performing statistical analyses using software applications
Performing thematic or other qualitative analyses
Contributing to the development of assessment instruments
Editing and proofreading reports
At the conclusion of the summer, interns are required to produce a report based on their area of focus. Reports will be published on the ACTFL website.
Benefits: In addition to the above mentioned experiential learning opportunities, recipients have access to rater certification training, meeting attendance, as well as shadowing opportunities. Interns will also receive a stipend of $1,000/month. Scholars are paid according to the extensiveness project.
Work Schedule: flexibly scheduled depending on the project. Examples might include:
20 hours/ week (May – July) in Alexandria, VA (Monday – Thursday)
40 hours / week (1-2-month period) in Alexandria, VA (Monday – Thursday)
Scholars: Flexibly scheduled remote project-based work
Qualifications: Ideal candidates are self-motivated and professional individuals excited about the learning and teaching of languages. Intern candidates must be a currently enrolled college/university student pursuing a degree, specialization, or minor in languages, linguistics, teaching, or a related field. Scholars must have an interest in similar fields of study, but may be new graduates (within 2 years of lthe graduation date.) Additional qualifications include:
Proficiency in English and one or more world languages
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
How to Apply: Interested candidates may apply through through ACTFL Job Central. Requested documents are noted below. All should be saved with the 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
Statement of Interest: In your statement, please explain your professional goals and interests and how this ACTFL internship/scholar program can be of assistance. You should also address what you can contribute to this internship/scholar experience.
Letter of Support: Include a letter of support from a faculty member who is able to address your academic performance along with your teaching, assessment, curriculum development, and/or research skills or your potential; the letter should be completed on organizational letterhead and can be emailed to email@example.com or can be included in the applicant's submission package.
Transcript (unofficial is acceptable)
Academic Writing Sample (2-5 pages)
Selected candidates will be contacted for a web-based interview and will be chosen to commence intern/scholar activities in or after May 2018.
* All applicants must be legally eligible to work in the United States.
The application deadline is March 30, 2019.
Interviews will be conducted on an on-going basis during March and April.
Telecommuting is allowed.
Additional Salary Information: Interns are eligible for metro reimbursement.
About American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
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.