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As a NSLI-Y alumnus, you have many new opportunities and resources available to you. If you are interested in pursuing further language studies or a career involving international relations, your NSLI-Y experience will be a strong asset. Below, you will find information about networking, hosting, and language learning, as well as information about possible scholarship and career options.
Many alumni have gone on to participate in another U.S. government scholarship for language or cultural exchange including the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) program, Boren Awards for International Study, Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS), Fulbright Scholarship, Gilman Scholarship, The Language Flagship, Pickering Fellowship, STARTALK, and Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Abroad.
NSLI-Y alumni have held internships or worked for the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Interior, Justice, Treasury, and State, as well as congressional offices, the intelligence community, Peace Corps, and NASA.
NSLI-Y alumni are encouraged to register for the NSLI-Y Alumni Association and join the NSLI-Y Alumni Facebook group to receive current information and engage in dialogue about national and regional alumni resources, events, and other opportunities.
Below is a partial list of further language study opportunities that target learners of NSLI-Y languages:
- The Language Flagship: K - 12 and undergraduate programs
- STARTALK: summer programs in the U.S. for K - 12 students, undergraduates, and teachers
- Boren Awards for International Study: undergraduate scholarships and graduate fellowships
- Critical Language Scholarship (CLS): scholarship program for overseas summer study for undergraduate and graduate students
- The Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards scholarships to U.S. graduating seniors, graduate students, young professionals and artists selected through a national, merit-based competition for study and research abroad. Academic fields include the social sciences, humanities and the sciences. The Program emphasizes leadership development. Approximately 1,600 scholarships are awarded each year.
- The Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Program, a component of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, places U.S. students, primarily new college graduates, as English teaching assistants in schools or universities overseas, where they increase foreign students’ English language abilities and knowledge of the United States. They are integrated in the host community, which improves their own foreign language skills and knowledge of the host country. ETAs also pursue individual study/research plans in addition to their teaching responsibilities.
- The Critical Language Enhancement Award provides selective support for U.S. Fulbright students to complete intensive in-country training in critical need languages for up to 6 months prior to the start of Fulbright grants or, in some cases, concurrent with their Fulbright projects.
- The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program supports study abroad by talented American undergraduates with financial need who represent the full diversity of our country. The Program emphasizes non-traditional language study as well as study in non-traditional foreign destinations.
- Continue your International Affairs Education - The Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs offers resources on how to continue your internationally-focused education on to graduate school. They host in-person and virtual events, post fellowship and scholarship opportunities, provide information on careers, and offer other resources.
Below are some career options that value and utilize language skills:
- U.S. Department of State
- U.S. Department of State - Student Programs
- The Peace Corps
- Language Instruction
- National Language Service Corps
- Guide to International Affairs Careers
- Join the NSLI-Y Alumni Association by completing the registration form to connect with NSLI-Y alumni and learn of upcoming opportunities in your region.
- Join International Exchange Alumni, a dynamic and interactive networking website for all past and current participants of U.S. government-sponsored exchange programs. You can build on your exchange experience and explore all the resources available to you as a member of the site.
- Join the NSLI-Y Alumni Facebook group. This group, exclusive to NSLI-Y alumni, participants, and staff, is a vibrant forum of over 1600 members to share virtual resources and regional, national, and international opportunities to Learn, Grow, Connect, and Serve with your fellow NSLI-Y alumni.
- Twitter (@NSLIY) is another outreach and recruitment tool, which is primarily used to promote NSLI-Y. Consider tweeting program-related ideas with #NSLIY or #NSLIYAlumni and mentioning @NSLIY in your tweets.
- LinkedIn (NSLI-Y Alumni group) is for NSLI-Y Program alumni only. Alumni can connect with each other and share career-related resources and job postings.
- Alumni Outreach Toolkit - Since its launch, many alumni have reported using the alumni outreach toolkit to give presentations, reaching over 4,300 potential applicants, family members, and community members. Check out the Alumni Outreach Toolkit for helpful tips on giving presentations about NSLI-Y to your school and community. If you do not have your user name and password yet, please complete the outreach interest form and register to join the NSLI-Y Alumni Association here.
- Ask NSLI-Y Alumni Facebook Group – This forum invites you to share your NSLI-Y experience with and answer general questions from potential applicants, parents, and semi-finalists. Topics range from packing tips to earning credit for NSLI-Y language classes. In commenting, remember that your NSLI-Y experience is unique and programs can vary by country, placement organization, and the individual’s perspective.
- Host an International Exchange Student – NSLI-Y alumni often report that their host family experience was one of the most valuable components of their program. The U.S. Department of State brings nearly 2,000 high school exchange students to the U.S. each academic year. Hosting an exchange student can be an enriching experience for you and your community. Encourage others in your community to consider hosting international students in the U.S.; share this link with your family and friends so others might welcome a student into their home!
- International Education Week - This is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide.
- Global Youth Service Day celebrates and mobilizes the millions of young people who improve their communities each day of the year through service.
- Global Ties, U.S. - Global Ties U.S., formerly the National Council for International Visitors, is a network of over 90 nonprofit organizations across the United States that connect leaders in U.S. communities with leaders from all around the world. This network helps shape U.S. foreign relations by opening avenues for increased understanding and greater cooperation, security and prosperity.
- World Affairs Councils - The World Affairs Councils of America represents and supports a national non-partisan network of local councils that are dedicated to educating, inspiring and engaging Americans in international affairs and critical global issues.
- Sister Cities International - Founded by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956, Sister Cities International is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization serving as the national membership organization for individual sister cities, counties, and states across the United States. This network unites tens of thousands of citizen diplomats and volunteers in programs in 140 countries on six continents. Sister Cities International advances peace and prosperity through cultural, educational, humanitarian, and economic development exchanges.