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Internship & Scholars Program

Each Spring, ACTFL’s Center for Assessment, Research and Development invites applications for its Summer Internship and Scholars Program.  

ACTFL’s mission is to provide vision, leadership and support for quality teaching and learning of languages. As such, the Internship and Scholars Program is designed as a pathway to the profession; its goal is to help recipients:

  1. Explore the field
  2. Develop professional & academic skills
  3. Accumulate experiences that will serve as the foundation for future leadership roles

Scholar Goals

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.

Internship Goals:

Interns work in residence at ACTFL headquarters in Alexandria, VA and are invited to co-construct their professional learning goals in collaboration with ACTFL staff. Learning opportunities include a mixture of professional and academic experience in a variety of areas (assessment, curriculum tester training, etc.). Examples might include:

  • Shadowing ACTFL Staff
  • Attending ACTFL Workshops
  • Participating in rater readiness activities
  • 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 

Interns are asked to dedicate 20 hours per week to the internship and receive a stipend of $1,000 per month. Scholars work remotely as consultants and are paid based on project-based activities.


At the conclusion of the program, interns are expected to have authored a publishable technical report on a chosen area of focus and are required to present it at a summer symposium.


Ideal candidates are self-motivated and professional individuals excited about the learning and teaching of languages. Candidates must be a currently enrolled college/university student pursuing a degree, specialization, or minor in languages, linguistics, teaching, or a related field. 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

The application is closed.