GCS Program creates simulation of refugee camp experience

Campus holds simulation for refugee journey


Paid internships for German students @ German-American Chamber of Commerce, Chicago

  • Fields include Finance, Accounting, PR & Communications, Consulting and HR.
  • Note that for American interns, the internship usually takes place during a semester hiatus from college or upon successful completion of a degree program in order to gain German-American business experience prior to entering the workforce.

For complete details and applications, please see the GACC Internship website here.

Internships at GACC Midwest

GACC Midwest offers internships for talented students and recent graduates. All internships offer the opportunity to gain work experience in a truly bilingual and bicultural environment, with support from colleagues that can help speed the learning curve of understanding intercultural differences and nuances.

General Requirements for all Internships:

  • The minimum duration for internships is nine months for interns requiring J-1 Visa sponsorship and six months for interns that do not require a visa.

The following are the main requirements for all internship positions at GACC Midwest. Interns must also meet the specific requirements for the type of internship for which they are applying.
o    High-level proficiency in English and German (unless otherwise noted)
o    Strong research and communication skills (verbal and written)
o    Excellent computer skills (internet navigation and the entire MS Office Suite)
o    High degree of self-initiative
o    A great interest in working with an international team and a high level of motivation to help GACC Midwest accomplish its mission

  • Applicants without United States citizenship/permanent residency will need a J-1 Visa in order to intern in the U.S. Once you have been accepted into the internship program we will provide you with information on how to apply for a J-1 Visa. All J-1 interns will also receive help to get settled into Chicago.
  • For American interns, the internship usually takes place during a semester hiatus from college or upon successful completion of a degree program in order to gain German-American business experience prior to entering the workforce.
  • Those interns requiring a visa are responsible for obtaining their own J-1 Visa and covering the associated costs.


  • Interns will receive compensation of $1600 USD per month

Clarification of Traineeships vs. Internships for J-1 Visa Applicants:

In addition to internship opportunities, GACC Midwest also offers traineeships to more experienced professionals who are seeking to enhance their careers through international work experience and exposure to American culture. To determine whether you are eligible for an internship or a traineeship under the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program, please see the criteria below. If applying for a traineeship, simply follow the same application instructions as for an internship.

Internships are for those applicants who are still currently enrolled in a degree program at a university or equivalent institution outside of the United States or who have already graduated not more than 12 months before the start of their internship. The maximum duration is 12 months.

Traineeships are for those applicants who have already obtained their degree and have a minimum of one year of work experience following graduation outside of the United States. Applicants without a degree who have a minimum of 5 years of relevant experience in the field of interest may also apply. The maximum duration is 18 months.

Phi Sigma Iota language honor society inducts new members

Language students honored

Global Citizen Scholars to host Refugee Awareness Week

The Global Citizens Scholars Program is hosting a Refugee Awareness Week beginning April 17th at 7 pm, with a Refugee Camp Simulation in Schultz Banquet Hall.

In this hour long, interactive simulation, participants will learn about the difficulties of life in a refugee camp, the struggle of crossing a border, and experience what more than 22.5 million refugees face worldwide.

Participants will gain insight as to what it feels like to be a refugee, facing a number of obstacles with the hope of being resettled. Space is limited for the simulation, and anyone interested can contact Emily Smith <smithe3> to sign up!

Then, on Thursday, April 19th at 7 pm in the Collaboratory, there will be a panel discussing access, inclusion, and community-building alongside academic learning in the case of refugee youth in America. Registration is not required for this event.

If you have any questions please contact Emily Smith or Professor Laura Reeck <lreeck>.

Culture 2 Culture: Be a mentor & guide to an International Student!

Join the Chinese New Year Celebration on Friday!

There will be a celebration for the Chinese New Year which will include prizes, games, and food at 5 p.m. Friday, February 16, in Campus Center 206.

Study the ecology of the Azores this summer – led by Dr. Erik Zettler ’82

Ecology of the Azores Islands

Prof. Erik Zettler (Sea Education Association, MA) & Prof. Linda Amaral-Zettler (Dept. of Geological Sci., Brown University)

This course provides a panoramic view of Azorean Natural Heritage and will explore emblematic aspects of Azorean biodiversity and environment. Includes guided tours of the Azores Islands.

View the brochure.

See the full syllabus.



Share your Language Story! “Lead With Languages” Advocacy Month

We’re Celebrating and Sharing Your Language Stories!

Throughout the month of February, Lead with Languages will be celebrating stories from students, parents, teachers, and other community members who advocate for language education across the United States. We want to hear from you!

There are so many ways you can join us to raise your voice in support of language learning, including:

  • Submitting a #LeadwithLanguages selfie (like in the photo above!),
  • Changing your profile picture on social media platforms,
  • Engaging with @LeadWLanguages by tweeting & posting, and
  • Sharing all of the Lead with Languages resources you love with others in your network.

Together, we’re creating a new generation of Americans competent in other languages and cultures and fully equipped to compete and succeed in a global economy. Have you told us why learning languages is important to you?

February 2018 is Lead with Languages Advocacy Month: Check Out the Kit!

ALLEX Foundation offering Intensive Chinese & Japanese this summer at Washington U. in St. Louis

The WUSTL-ALLEX Intensive Chinese and Japanese Institute will offer intensive beginning level classes in Japanese and Mandarin Chinese at Washington University in St. Louis for seven weeks this summer. Each class meets for 2 hours per day, 5 days a week for 7 weeks. The course is intensive and requires 3-5 hours of mandatory self-managed study per day.

This program is designed to train students to speak and listen to Chinese or Japanese, and to introduce students to reading and writing the language. At the end of the course students will be expected to perform in all four skills—speaking, listening, reading and writing—at a basic level of proficiency.

Students will not only learn to speak the language; they will also develop an understanding of Chinese or Japanese interpersonal behavior. The ultimate goal is to teach students not just to speak Chinese or Japanese, but to function successfully in Chinese or Japanese culture—to present yourself as an intelligent person in the culture using the language. Students will learn to speak and perform correctly in a variety of social situations.

Scholarships are available to qualified students.

Please visit our webpage for more information: www.allex.org.

2018 Grads: Openings for English tutors in Hong Kong, Aug ’18-Jun ’19

Lingnan University cordially invites fresh graduates from our partner institutions in Canada, the U.S., the U.K., Australia and New Zealand to apply for a Visiting English Tutor position. Duties would begin in mid-August 2018.

 Visiting English Tutors (VETs) work in the Centre for English and Additional Languages (CEAL) http://www.ln.edu.hk/ceal/. They work in CEAL’s English Language Support Service (ELSS) (http://elss.ln.edu.hk/) where they provide advice to undergraduate students and aid in the development of self-access materials.

 VETs also design and run workshops for students aimed to develop their writing, reading, speaking and listening skills, with topics covering a wide range of academic and cultural themes. Other duties include organising cultural activities such as English Café’s, Movie Nights, Outings, TEDxLingnanUniversity, etc.

 A major objective of the Visiting English Tutor scheme is to provide opportunities for Lingnan University’s local students to mix with people of a similar age group but from different cultural backgrounds. All applicants for this post must:

§  be about to graduate or recently graduated from one of Lingnan’s partner universities or members of the Global Liberal Arts Alliance in the above-listed countries with a first degree

§ be a native speaker of English

§ be interested in spending a year or two living and working in Hong Kong

§ be interested in interacting with students in Hong Kong

§ be interested in gaining experience in the ESL field at tertiary level

§ have an outgoing personality

§ have a basic Certificate-level teaching qualification, with a minimum of 100 hours input, such as the following: http://www.oxfordseminars.com/index.php  http://www.icaltefl.com/index.php/courses/tefl-tesol-certificate-course

Such a qualification can be gained once a provisional offer has been made.

Benefits are as follows:

§ The position is tenable from mid-August to mid-June and with the possibility of a further extension.

§ The monthly salary is fixed at $HK16,000 per month (approx. $US2,100).

§ Visiting English Tutors are each provided with fully furnished and equipped apartments on campus.

§ Medical and dental benefits are provided by Lingnan University.

§ Assistance will be given in obtaining a valid Hong Kong work visa from the Hong Kong Immigration Department.

 If you wish to be considered for the Visiting English Tutor position, please send your CV with a covering letter to our ELSS Coordinator by email – elss@ln.edu.hk.

Applications close on 28th February 2018