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Position Announcement

Heritage Alliance Intern

Fall 2012

Job Title: Heritage Alliance Intern

Program: Alliance for the Advancement of Heritage Languages

Hours per week: 15-35

Salary: non-paid (small honorarium)

Position Available: September, 2012 to January, 2013

The Center for Applied Linguistics supports heritage language education and research through the Alliance for the Advancement of Heritage Languages (Heritage Alliance). The Heritage Alliance is committed to advancing language development for heritage language speakers in the United States as part of a larger effort to educate members of our society who can function professionally in English and in other languages. To achieve this mission, the Alliance provides leadership, supports collaboration, and promotes information sharing to foster heritage language maintenance and education.

The Heritage Alliance program at CAL seeks self-motivated individuals who can work with the Alliance during the fall of 2012 for four-month internships. Hours per week can be flexible (between 15 and 35). Heritage Alliance interns have the opportunity to make original contributions in the field and work with a strong and supportive team of professionals in language education, research, and documentation in the greater Washington, D.C. area.

Description of Duties:
We are primarily interested in graduate students who are familiar with and interested in languages considered “critical” by the U.S. government – Arabic, Chinese, Dari, Hindi, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu. Interns can choose to focus on two or more of the following tasks: documenting heritage language programs, writing Heritage Voices on these languages and on programs where they are taught, writing Heritage Briefs on topics related to these languages, organizing training programs for heritage language teachers, applying for research funding, presenting at conferences, and making connections with the community of speakers of these languages.


  • Educational or working experience in language/linguistics, education or related discipline
  • Experience with Microsoft Office is required
  • Knowledge about specific heritage languages and heritage language communities and passion to work with heritage language educators is desirable
  • Graduate students are preferred, undergraduate students and recent graduates will also be considered
  • Applicants who prefer to work on heritage languages other than those listed here will also be considered


Center for Applied Linguistics
Phyllis Pointer-Tate
4646 40th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20016-1859
ATTN: Phyllis Tate, Recruitment I12-04

Attn: Recruitment I12-04

CAL offers a comfortable work environment with competitive compensation and an excellent benefits package. We are conveniently located two blocks from the Tenleytown/AU Metro Station on the Red Line.

The Center for Applied Linguistics is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in hiring or employment based upon race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, handicap, or any other reason not related to employment.

In accordance with USCIS regulations, all successful applicants will be required to show proof of their legal right to accept employment in the United States.

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