- Student-teaching in the local elementary schools through the World Language Program
- Tutoring in the Learning Commons
- The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania offers a 6-month PAID internship program which provides a flexible pathway for college students to advance from internships to Commonwealth employment in a variety of occupations. Apply by Nov. 1 to be considered for the following spring and summer.
- The German-American Chamber of Commerce offers PAID internships in Chicago for recent graduates or Study Away students with high proficiency in German. The duration of the internships varies, ranging from one semester to a full year. Areas of interest include Finance, Accounting, PR & Communications, Consulting and more.
- 37 Best Scholarships and Grants for Volunteering Abroad from Travellers Quest
- Find internships where your language skills are needed and can be improved, such as an on-line tutor or language analyst.
- View the Career Education Internship Resources Page and schedule an appointment with a Career Counselor.
- Search for internships abroad at GoinGlobal.com and GoAbroad.com.
- Connect with alumni via GatorConnect.
The Fismes Internship
Ties between Meadville, Pennsylvania, and Fismes, its sister city in France, date from World War I. Located in the Champagne-Ardennes area, just west of Reims, Fismes (population 5,500) was rebuilt after 1918 with help from the City of Meadville and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Historically, a more robust relationship between the two towns has been impeded by the problems of distance and language, but as the centennial of this relationship approaches, Allegheny College and the Mayor’s office of Fismes are instituting a month-long summer internship in the Mayor’s office for qualified and interested Allegheny College students.
In Fismes, students work in a variety of offices and municipal institutions and develop an understanding of local government and issues in a small French city. Typically, the internship takes place between in late May/June.
Students bear travel expenses, but may apply to Allegheny College for scholarship help; they receive room and board, but there is no financial compensation.
For more information, please contact Professor Laura Reeck (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Applications may be obtained in Ruter 104 or by emailing Ruter Hall Coordinator Reese Campbell (email@example.com).
Study Away Opportunities
- Argentina – Buenos Aires (CIEE-Liberal Arts Program) Language Program-Spanish 225 required
- China – Beijing (CIEE Programs in Beijing, Nanjing or Shanghai)
- Costa Rica – Atenas (The School for Field Studies Sustainable Development Program)
- Costa Rica – Monteverde (CIEE)
- Ecuador – Quito (Minnesota Studies in International Development Area Studies and Field Placement Program) International Development/Internship Program
- France – Angers (Université Catholique de l’Ouest Exchange Program and Language and Area Studies Program) Language Program
- France – Paris (Boston University’s Internship Program) Language/Internship Program
- Germany – University of Cologne (Junior year abroad exchange program) Intermediate German proficiency required
- Israel – Arava Institute (Study Abroad Program, Kibbutz Ketura, Israel)
- Kenya – Nairobi (Minnesota Studies in International Development Area Studies and Field Placement Program) International Development/Internship Program
- Japan – Tokyo (Keio University International Center) Language program/English content courses
- Mexico – Querétaro (ITESM – Campus Querétaro – Study Abroad Program) Language Program
- Morocco – Ifrane (Study Abroad Program at Al Akhawayn University)
- Senegal – Dakar (Minnesota Studies In International Development) International Development/Internship Program
- Spain – Seville (Spanish Studies Abroad) Intermediate Spanish proficiency required
Students not enrolling in the College-sponsored programs may, with the approval of the department and the Director of International Programs and Services, join other programs.
Study abroad may exempt students from enrollment in certain required courses for the major on campus.
Busting the Top 10 Study Abroad Myths! from Huffington Post
Career Resources & Links
- Modern Language Association – Career Resources
- 10 Careers with a Language Degree
- The Best Foreign Languages For Your Career from Kiplinger
- The hottest job skill is…
What is it? Fluency in a foreign language. From CNN Money.
- 3 Corporate Benefits Of Learning A Foreign Language And Why You Should Care from Forbes
- 5 Benefits of Learning a Second Language
Data and research show learning a second language can expand job opportunities, help maintain brain health and strengthen decision making skills. Other benefits of being bilingual listed in this article include potential salary increases and positive effects on attention span and memory. From Lifehacks at TheNextWeb.com.
- 34 Unobvious Benefits of Learning a Second Language from Custom-Writing.org
- Five Benefits of Learning a Foreign Language from Middlebury College
- The Benefits of Second Language Study from NEA Research (scholarly article)
- What is a foreign language worth?
Even on conservative estimates, speaking another language translates into a big earnings boost. From The Economist.
- Liberal Arts Majors That Pay the Most from The Wall Street Journal
- ACTFL Job Central (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages)
- SouthernTeachers – Placement service for private schools in the Southern U.S.
- Teaching Overseas from the U.S. Dept. of State
- CIEE Teach Abroad Program
Foreign Service & International Relations
- Foreign Service – U.S Dept. of State
- The Best International Relations Master’s Programs
- Georgetown University
- Johns Hopkins University
- Harvard University
- Princeton University
- Tufts University
- Columbia University
- George Washington University
- American University
- London School of Economics
- University of Chicago
Graduate School Links
- Peterson’s Guide to Grad Schools
- Foreign Languages Graduate Programs from GradSchools.com
- THE 10 MOST INNOVATIVE COLLEGES FOR FOREIGN LANGUAGE LEARNING IN 2017 from TheBestColleges.org
- Advice to Graduate Students: From Application to Career from the Modern Language Association (MLA)
- Connected Academics: Preparing Doctoral (and other Post-Graduate) Students of Language & Literature for a Variety of Careers from MLA
- Top 10 Graduate Schools for Translation from ALTA
Top-rated Graduate Programs
Regional Graduate Programs:
Senior Project Guidelines
- Senior Project Cover Page Template
- Senior Project Abstract Submission Form
- Instructions for submitting your Senior Project to D-Space
All students are required to complete a foreign language placement exam before registering for a language class if they have had previous coursework or significant exposure to the foreign languages in which placement testing is available.
Students who have had no previous language study do not need to take a placement test; they simply register for the introductory language course.
Placement exams are taken online, and are available in Chinese, French, German, Latin, and Spanish.
The tests follow a multiple choice format and generally take 15-20 minutes to complete. Test questions will assess grammar, vocabulary, and reading skills. Tests for Chinese and Latin will be automatically sent to the Building Coordinator of the Modern & Classical Languages department for assessment.
The tests in French, German and Spanish are adaptive and will automatically structure the type and number of questions based on responses. These adaptive tests will report that the student has completed the test successfully and give a 3-digit score. This score will determine the student’s suggested course placement. The tests are usually quite accurate in determining the best match for continuing language study at the appropriate level. However, it is not an exact science, and, particularly in “borderline” cases, students are encouraged to discuss their placement with a language department faculty member.
Those considering study abroad are STRONGLY advised to begin language study as early as possible in their Allegheny careers.
For more information about the placement process or how to register to take a placement test, please contact Department Coordinator Reese Campbell at firstname.lastname@example.org.