Classical and Modern Languages Department

Internships/Post-graduate Opportunities

SITE Internship Program for Truman Students

The Study Intercultural Training Experience (SITE) Program is an internship opportunity for English-speaking teaching assistants in schools of Lombardy, Italy.  It is an opportunity for students or recent graduates from US Universities who wish to get a better understanding of the Italian language and culture, while assisting local teachers and getting professional training on teaching methods. Since 2012, only candidates nominated by universities that have signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will have priority in the SITE internship selection process. Every year, around 40 positions and scholarships are available.  Classical and Modern Languages does have a Memorandum of Understanding and is assured that at least one Truman applicant will be selected to participate each year.

Truman State University Financial Services Trip: Mid-Semester Break in Chicago

Explore career paths for liberal arts students in the investment and financial sector; participate in workshops with Truman alumni and other professionals; explore graduate school options in the Chicago area; network with Truman alums at an alumni reception; enjoy the cultural attractions of a major U.S. city.  Most expenses paid by Truman alumnus and sponsor, John Thompson, and the Department of Classical and Modern Languages.

To apply: Classical and Modern Language majors submit a resume and cover letter explaining why you are interested in participating to in the Classical and Modern Languages Department.

Truman in Washington

If you are interested in an internship in the Washington, D.C. area, Truman State University offers a variety of programs. The Truman in Washington program helps students locate housing in the D.C. area and provides students with support throughout the internship experience. The Truman in Washington program exists to help you, whether you choose to pursue an internship for credit through the Washington Center or your academic department or not for credit.

Missouri Government Internship Program

The Missouri Government Internship Program offered through Truman is a unique opportunity for junior/senior students at Truman to intern with a legislator, public official or state agency in Jefferson City, Mo. The program provides students an inside look at state government and the political process. The experience has special appeal for students anticipating careers in business, law, public relations, communication, government service, or public affairs, but is filled with opportunities for a variety of career fields.  Each intern is granted a stipend to help defray the cost of living and working in Jefferson City for a semester.

Consular Fellows Program

The Consular Fellows Program offers candidates a unique opportunity to serve their country, utilize their foreign language skills, and develop valuable skills and experience that will serve them well in follow-on professions. Foreign Service Consular Fellows serve in U.S. embassies and consulates overseas alongside Foreign Service Officers, other U.S. agency personnel, and locally-employed staff. Using their language skills in Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin Chinese, Arabic, Russian, or French, their primary duty is to adjudicate visas for foreign nationals. Duties and responsibilities are similar to those of entry-level career Foreign Service Officers. While at post, Consular Fellows are members of the embassy or consulate community and receive many of the same benefits that career Foreign Service members receive, such as housing and educational allowances for eligible family members.

Fulbright U.S. Student Program

The Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport of Spain provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistant Programs.  A candidate will submit a Statement of Grant Purpose defining activities to take place during one academic year in a participating country outside the U.S.

During their grants, Fulbright recipients will meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences.  The program facilitates cultural exchange through direct interaction on an individual basis in the classroom, field, home, and in routine tasks, allowing the grantee to gain an appreciation of others’ viewpoints and beliefs, the way they do things, and the way they think. Through engagement in the community, the individual will interact with their hosts on a one-to-one basis in an atmosphere of openness, academic integrity, and intellectual freedom, thereby promoting mutual understanding. Grant lengths and dates vary by country.

U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship Program

The Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport of Spain is a fully funded summer overseas language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students. With the goal of broadening the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and building relationships between the people of the United States and other countries, CLS provides opportunities to a diverse range of students from across the United States at every level of language learning.

The CLS Program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages. Students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply. Participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers. Please visit the CLS Institutes page for more information.

The CLS Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State.

U.S. Department of State Internship Programs

The U.S. Department of State’s Pathways Internship Program includes both the Internship Temporary Program (ITEP) and the Internship Experience Program (IEP). Both programs are targeted toward U.S. citizens enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions from high school to graduate school and professional academic levels. Both programs provide students with opportunities to explore Federal careers while being paid for the work performed.

Virtual Student Foreign Service

U.S. citizen college students can make a real difference in the work of the U.S. government through the Virtual Student Foreign Service (VSFS). VSFS harnesses the expertise and digital excellence of U.S. citizen students to move the work of their government forward on multiple fronts. Since 2009, thousands of VSFS Interns have expanded the efforts of the U.S. government around the world – from dorm rooms to libraries and coffee shops, to wherever the students happen to be. This year, there are more government agencies than ever participating.

Federal Bureau of Investigation Honors Internship Program

This paid internship offers outstanding undergraduate and graduate students an ‘insider’s view’ of FBI operations and provides professional experience that is unique, valuable, and marketable.  Work for 10 weeks in field offices nationwide and in FBI Headquarters divisions.

Cultural Ambassadors: North American Language and Culture Assistants in Spain

The North American Language and Culture Assistants Program is an initiative of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport of Spain. The program is primarily devoted to providing US and Canadian students and graduates -majoring in any subject- who are native speakers of English or French with the opportunity to assist foreign language teachers in a variety of schools in Spain and to learn about Spanish culture and society and also about its education system.

A stipend is awarded throughout the months of October through May (both included), as well as medical insurance.  Grants are given on a first-come, first-served basis so early application is recommended.

Teaching Assistant Program in France

The Teaching Assistant Program in France offers you the opportunity to work in France for seven months, teaching English to French students of all ages. Each year, over 1,100 American citizens and permanent residents teach in public schools across all regions of metropolitan France and in the overseas departments of French such as Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique and Réunion.