Want to Intern in Washington, D.C. This Summer? SLE is Hiring!


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Dreaming of having an internship in the nation’s capitol this summer? SLE is looking for passionate and driven undergraduates to spend the summer on a variety of projects.

The Student Language Exchange is…

A pioneer in diversifying language learning and global engagement in American universities. We build peer-led, semester-long programs introducing underrepresented languages and cultures to campuses across the country. Program graduates have started impactful social enterprises, launched advocacy programs, built online or in-person language learning communities, conducted innovative research projects in the region, and more.

We are currently operating at six universities (Brown, Brandeis, Columbia, Tufts, Williams, Vassar) and have offered programs in 25 languages (e.g. Amharic, Bengali, Cape Verdean Creole, Thai, Vietnamese). Although we have built some high-profile partnerships and garnered some public attention, we are still very much a startup with a lot of energy and opportunity! We will be working out of the Halcyon Incubator with several other innovative social enterprises, and interns will have many opportunities to network.

Interns will…

Be part of a dynamic leadership team, reporting directly to the Executive Director. Depending on interest and skillset, you will be placed in a team working on one of the following: partnerships, operations, curriculum, trainings, business strategy, campus outreach, government relations, advancement, or marketing.

Interns will be expected to commit to a full-time summer internship at our office. (Halcyon Incubator, 3400 Prospect St NW).

Apply if you are…

–> An educator and a student— you live in a world where everyone (including yourself) is a teacher and a learner. You truly believe that anyone at any age from any background has the capacity to change the world.

–> An exquisite juggler— you are able to gracefully keep twenty balls from hitting the ground with your excellent project management skills, and you never leave an email unanswered.

–> A friend to all— you can strike up a conversation with anyone, and you’re able to maintain consistent contact, leverage professional networks, and quickly establish trusting relationships. You are able to present ideas in a way that nurtures understanding and buy-in.

–> A risk-taker— you enjoy designing and implementing new, innovative initiatives, and you are ready to take on significant responsibility in a growing social enterprise without fear of failure.

–> A language-learning addict— you love immersing yourself in new languages, introducing yourself to cultures, and getting outside of your comfort zone.

–> A global education fanatic— you believe in our mission and you’ll do whatever you can to advance cultural literacy among American students.

Apply today by…

Sending a resume and cover letter to team@studentlanguageexchange.org. The cover letter should address why you are interested in joining a growing social enterprise, how your past experiences make you a good fit for the role, and what gets you excited about the Student Language Exchange. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’d love to hear from you! And remember: We’re a fast-paced organization. The early bird catches the worm, so get your application in today!


Ainsley Fahey

Ainsley Fahey

Ainsley is currently a sophomore at Georgetown University, studying Government and German. Hailing from Hingham, Massachusetts, Ainsley enjoys being a DJ for Georgetown's radio station, the summertime and This American Life.

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