Multi-lingual Santa Claus – Thursday 11/20/2014

santaglobalAttention multilingual families of Pittsburgh! Like any professional working in international affairs, Santa Claus has mastered several different languages over the years in order to communicate better with children all over the world. In addition to English, he speaks American Sign, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Spanish, Swahili, and some Ukrainian. This Thursday morning at 10 a.m., Santa will be at his set on the lower level of the Robinson Mall. He is looking to meet with children who speak any of the languages above so that he can get a head start on Christmas preparations this year. The event will be covered by National Public Radio (NPR) and it is possible that local media will be present as well. If you have any children ages 2-16 who are multilingual and would be okay with speaking to the press (and Santa, of course!) stop down on Thursday to see him. You can also contact Carrie Butler, the Public Relations Consultant at The Mall at Robinson for more information: or 412-897-6177.

Consider taking your children out to support this globally-minded Christmas tradition.


The first steps in teaching English abroad

Here at the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, we frequently receive inquiries about the different opportunities that exist to teach English as a second language (ESL) abroad. Teaching ESL to students around the world is a rewarding experience that exposes one to a new culture while also gaining quality skills needed to succeed in a global 21st century workforce.

If you are interested in participating in this unique work opportunity, here are a few things to keep in mind.

  • The more teaching experience you can get before going abroad, the better – particular in teaching ESL. This experience makes you that much more competitive during the interview and hiring process.
  • To teach for any reputable organization abroad you should have some kind of Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) Certificate (one example is the CELTA). There are centers across the United States that host classes and certificate programs in this field. The length of program varies, as well as the intensity of the course. You should do your own research, but if you’re looking for examples check out Bridge-TEFL.
  • The amount of support an organization will provide while you are abroad varies on the company. Generally, a school should find accommodations for you, and offer trainings and workshops to help you transition into the classroom. Be sure to do significant research about any organization before you interview or sign a contract!

In some countries, the easiest way to teach is to be hired by a private language school. However, there are a number of respectable teaching programs you can go through around the world. We’ve provided a short list below. It’s always important to do your own research as these are not the only opportunities that may exist. Typically, the best way to apply is by sending your resume to the email address given on the respective websites.

A few well-known programs for teaching English abroad include:

In addition, the following sites provide listings on general teaching opportunities, as well as resources for aspiring (and current) ESL teachers:

Have a good resource from your own personal experience teaching English abroad? Let us know!

Internship Opportunities and Global Learning for the Summer of 2014 and Beyond

There is a lot to be learned outside of the classroom! Whether you are thinking about college applications or possible career plans, a summer internship, study, or travel opportunity is worth considering, and with summer just around the corner many high school, undergraduate, and graduate students are doing just that.

To help start the search process for opportunities available this summer and throughout the school year, we’ve compiled a list of some great internships, study abroad, and travel experiences in international affairs across a wide range of organizations. Use the information below as a beginning guide on your search, but be sure to do some research on your own as well! To help you out, we have listed some additional resources for more information.

Attention teachers: we’ve included a section on summer opportunities for educators below. Scroll towards the end of this post for information on two exciting opportunities.

Internship Opportunities             

Amnesty International – Internship Opportunities: Amnesty International is a human rights organization that provides unpaid summer, fall, and spring internships to rising college juniors (and above) in New York, Washington D.C., Atlanta, San Francisco, and Boston.

Arms Control Association Internships: The Arms Control Association and Arms Control Today offer research and journalism internships in Washington, D.C. This internship program, offered in the spring, summer, and fall, is best suited for undergraduate students.

Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Internships: APEC is an international affairs and economic organization that provides unpaid internships to graduate-level students who are nationals or permanent residents of APEC member economies. In some cases a financial stipend may be available. The Secretariat seeks candidates from a variety of academic disciplines, specifically those who have a strong interest in the work of international organizations and, in particular, international affairs and international economics.

The Carter Center Internship Program: Semester-long internships are open to undergraduate and graduate students and recent graduates in areas such as health, peace, and operations. These internships are unpaid and may take place in cities across the nation and abroad. Internship opportunities are offered year round.

Center for Strategic and International Studies – Internships: CSIS offers full and part-time internships in the fall, spring, and summer for undergraduates, advanced students, and recent graduates who are interested in gaining practical experience in public policy.

Central Intelligence Agency – Student Opportunities: The CIA has competitive internship opportunities available to undergraduate and graduate students in a range of fields, including analytical; business, IT, and security; clandestine service; language; and science, engineering and technology. The student opportunities page also includes information on scholarship and co-op programs, as well as ongoing opportunities for students of all ages. Due to the extensive application and background check required, interested applicants should apply 12 months prior to their desired start date. Applications for the Summer 2015 internship program are due March 31, 2014.

Council on Foreign Relations Internships: CFR offers volunteer internship opportunities for college students, graduate students, and recent graduates focusing on international relations and who are pursuing a career in foreign policy or a related field. Interns are recruited year-round on a semester basis to volunteer in both the New York and Washington, DC offices, and all internships are filled on a rolling basis.

Doctors Without Borders – Paid Internship Program: A very competitive program, Doctors Without Borders offers internships in many departments, including HIV/AIDs, Human Resources, Marketing, Medical Editing, Planned Giving, Public Events, Press, and Web. Internships take place in New York City. The deadline to apply for a summer internship is April 11, 2014.

European Union – Washington Delegation Internships: Open to college/university students and recent graduates, internships with the Washington Delegation are unpaid and preference is given to applicants who are available full-time. Internships are offered during the fall semester, spring semester, and summer.

Human Rights Watch Internships: Internships are available to undergraduate and graduate-level students, both within the U.S. and abroad.

International Monetary Fund Internships: The IMF offers approximately 50 paid summer (June – October) internships each year to highly qualified PhD students.

Korea Economic Institute Internships: Applicants to KEI should be graduate students (or exceptional undergraduate students) with a background in political science and/or economics as well as an interest in Asia-Pacific issues, especially Korea. Internships are offered for the fall, spring, and summer.

NATO Internships: The application window for a NATO internship is from March-April for the following year. Internships last 6 months, beginning in either September or March, and are based in Brussels, Belgium. Application requirements include an online application form, CV, and letter of motivation.

United Nations Internships: The UN Programme on Youth provides a list of internships available with the United Nations. Please visit each link for specific details and applicant criteria.

United States Commercial Service Internships: The U.S. Commercial service offers student volunteer internships at U.S. Field Offices, Headquarters, and International Field Offices. This page provides more information about applying to the different locations.

United States Department of State – Student Programs: This page offers information for high school, college, and graduate/post-graduate opportunities within the State Department. Please visit each opportunity for details and applicant criteria.

United States Office of Personnel Management – Student Jobs ( This website is the portal to all job and internship applications for the federal government for students and recent graduates. Internships can be found by searching the site for “internship.” This page also offers information on the Pathways Program, the Presidential Management Fellows Program, summer jobs, and volunteer experiences.

United States Senate or House of Representatives Internships: Many offices of government officials in the House of Representatives and United States Senate offer internships for high school students, undergraduates, and graduate students. A variety of opportunities can be found at the link provided. You are also encouraged to visit the professional website of a representative, senator, or committee for more detailed information.

USAID Internships: The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) offers paid and volunteer-based internships, both domestically and abroad, for college and graduate students.

White House Internships: Applicants for a White House internship must be U.S. citizens who will be at least 18 years old on the first day of the internship, and must be enrolled in an academic program. A completed application for this competitive program includes two essay questions, two letters of recommendation, and a resume.

World Affairs Councils: Like the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, many World Affairs Councils across the country offer internships at their organization. This link goes to the World Affairs Councils of America list of member Councils.

World Bank Internships: The World Bank offers paid internships in the summer (June-September) and winter (December-March), primarily in Washington, D.C. Applicants are required to be graduate or PhD students who have ideally completed one or more years of graduate-level education at the time of the internship.


Summer Travel and International Learning Opportunities

Amizade Global Service-Learning: This Pittsburgh-based nonprofit organization offers experiences for individuals and groups to travel abroad to participate in service-learning opportunities. There are also accredited study-abroad opportunities, offered in partnership with West Virginia University.

Global Citizen Year: During this year-long total immersion program, offered to recent high school graduates, students will develop critical skills, master new tools, and learn from recognized experts all while living abroad and being fully immersed in a new culture. Programs are offered in Brazil, Ecuador, and Senegal, and last from the summer following high school graduation to the following April.

Global Scholar: An intensive two-week academic enrichment program that offers rising high school juniors and seniors the chance to sharpen their understanding of international affairs in a university setting. Global Scholar Prep is held at American University in Washington, D.C.

Kosciuszko Foundation Summer Study Abroad Programs: A variety of study abroad programs are offered by the Kosciuszko Foundation for study at the Catholic University of Lublin and Jagiellonian University of Cracow in Poland. Programs range in length and include courses in the Polish language, history, and culture with sightseeing trips on weekends. The deadline to apply is May 15, 2014.

National Geographic – Student Expeditions: Students completing 9th through 12th grades are eligible to participate in National Geographic Student Expeditions. There are four types of trips offered: expeditions, field workshops, photo workshops, and community service programs.

Summer at Georgetown: Georgetown University’s Summer Programs for High School Students include a range of activities, such as Institutes on International Relations and National Security/Counter-Intelligence; Fundamentals of Business: Leadership in a Global Economy; and summer courses on a range of international topics. The deadline to apply is April 15, 2014.

Summer Seminar on Global Issues: New in 2014, the Summer Seminar on Global Issues is a two-week, non-residential program offered by the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh in partnership with the Global Studies Center and the University Center for International Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. Open to rising high school juniors and seniors, the Summer Seminar will expose students to a range of interdisciplinary global issues, and will include language study, presentations from regional experts, simulation and scenario activities, among others. The deadline to apply is April 30, 2014.

World Learning: A partner of the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh’s Global Travel Scholarship Program, World Learning offers travel learning opportunities for high school and undergraduate students. The Experiment in International Living offers 3-5 week programs for high school students in 30 different countries, while SIT Study Abroad offers college students more than 70 semester, academic year, and summer programs around the world.


Additional Resources

American Foreign Service Association – Student Resources: The AFSA provides students with information on careers in Foreign Service, internship opportunities in foreign affairs, and other ways to become involved with international relations.

EuroBrussels – Internship Level Jobs: This site lists European Affairs internships/traineeships that are not affiliated with the EU Institutions. Interested applicants will need to contact the organizations or read the requirements to verify whether U.S. citizens are eligible to apply.

European Union Institutions – Traineeships for Students: A listing of internships at the Institutions of the EU in Brussels. There may be a limited number of internship positions available for non-EU students.

Global Job Board: An extensive up-to-date listing of job and internship opportunities, searchable by level, location, and sector. A great resource for internship- and job-seekers alike.

Global Career Blog (Passport Career): Although the main Passport Career site requires registration (and payment) the blog is available to everyone, and is full of advice for job-searching and working abroad.

Summer Opportunities for Educators

10th Annual Great Decisions Teacher Training Institute: Organized by the Foreign Policy Association’s Great Decisions program, the Teacher Training Institute (June 30-July 2) provides educators a unique opportunity to build skills in teaching global affairs, develop international studies curricula, learn about related teaching resources, and interact with other committed international affairs educators. Topics range from defense technology to the Islamic awakening. The Institute is held in New York City. Applications are due by Friday, April 25, 2014.

Summer Institute for Teachers: A three-day (June 24-26, 2014) summer workshop for educators hosted by the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, which consists of briefings from experts on contemporary world affairs, small group problem solving exercises, and lesson-planning sessions. This year’s topics will focus on a range of issues including transnational threats, genocide, as well as regional studies covering South America.

Promoting International Education across the Country

clip_image002Today marks the final day of the 14th annual International Education Week (IEW), an initiative that is now celebrated in over 100 countries worldwide. Supported by both the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, International Education Week is designed to celebrate and advance global educational exchange opportunities. To encourage participation, the U.S. Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has made available promotional materials for schools, embassies, businesses, and community organizations to engage in their own inventive format for promoting international education. You can access these resources on their website, here. The site also highlights many of the creative events hosted by educational institutions across the country. For instance, just yesterday Fox Chapel Area High School hosted “Lunch and Language Roundtables,” inviting students to practice their language skills with native German, Spanish, Italian, and French students.

If you are interested in hosting your own global education event, you aren’t too late! Similar programs continue to take place in the coming weeks. For example:

  • On November 19, 2013, Liberty University, located in Lynchburg, Virginia, is holding a sampling of coffees and teas from around the world throughout the entire day.
  • On Wednesday, November 20, North Carolina State University is holding a “Passport Fair,” and will host a representative from the State Department to process student passports in one simple step.
  • On November 18, 2013, Moraine Park Technical College will announce the winner to their Best Travel Photograph competition. For roughly six weeks anyone could submit photos from abroad to the International Education Facebook page and viewers voted on their favorite.

The theme of this year’s International Education Week is International and Education: Learning Matters Around the World. As the many exciting events already planned indicate, many of us are passionate about the value of international education and studying abroad, and participation in these types of programs is on the rise. The most recent Open Doors report from the International Institute of Education revealed 819,644 international students studied in the United States during the 2012-2013 school year, and 283,332 American students studied abroad during the 2011-2012 school year (this data for the 2012-2013 academic year is not yet released). These statistics are impressive, showing that more students than ever are engaging in experiences abroad. Even more exciting is the fact that students aren’t the only ones immersing themselves in another country. The U.S. Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs oversees programs in 160 countries, providing opportunities to youth, students, educators, artists, athletes, and rising leaders.

These global exchange programs not only provide a gateway for exploration of a different culture, but they also foster some of the most highly educated and most deeply influential people of our time. Looking back to those who have participated in the U.S. Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs exchange programs, 55 are Nobel Prize winners, eight are current or former ambassadors to the United Nations, and three are current heads of international organizations. In the modern era of professional opportunities that transcend borders, the desire to promote global competency through international education programs continues to grow!

By: Samantha Harper, World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh Intern

>Language Lessons: Italian

>Hello.  Buon giorno/Ciao.  (bohn JYOHR-noh)/(chow)

Goodbye. (informal) Arrivederci/Ciao. (ah-ree-vay-DAYR-chee)/(chow)

Please.  Per favore.  (PAYR fah-VOH-ray)

Thank you. Grazie. (GRAHT-see-yeh)

You’re welcome.  Prego. (PRAY-goh)

Excuse me?  Scusi. (SKOO-zee)

Yes.  Si.  (SEE)

No.  No.  (NOH)

Where is….?  Dov’è?  (Doh-vay?)

Do you speak English?  Parla inglese?  (PAHR-lah een-GLAY-zay?)

>Language Lessons: Japanese

>Hello. こんにちは。 Konnichiwa. (kon-nee-chee-WAH)

Goodbye. (informal) それでは。 Sore dewa. (SOH-reh deh-wah)

Please. (request) お願いします。 Onegai shimasu. (oh-neh-gigh shee-moss)

Thank you. どうもありがとう。 Dōmo arigatō. (doh-moh ah-ree-GAH-toh)

You’re welcome. どういたしまして。 Dō itashi mashite. (doh EE-tah-shee mosh-teh)

Excuse me. すみません。 Sumimasen. (soo-mee-mah-sen)

Yes. はい。 Hai. (HIGH)

No. いいえ。 Iie. (EE-eh)

Where is….? どこですか?Doko desu ka? (Doh-koh dEHss kah?)

Do you speak English? 英語を話せますか. Eigo o hanasemasuka? (AY-goh oh hah-nah-seh-moss-KAH?)

Translations taken from About’s Japanese guide (which provides audio pronounciations) and 101 Languages.

>Language Lessons: German


In this new series, we at the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh want to introduce our readers to essential foreign language phrases.  While the world is becoming effectively smaller, and in large cities, you will always find someone who speaks English, making an effort to speak someone else’s language is always appreciated (we know this from personal experience). Our first language featured is German. German is spoken in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg, and Lichtenstein.

With that, here are some useful German phrases.  Please check out the German Language Guide for more info.

Hello.  Guten Tag. (GOO-ten tak)

Goodbye.  Auf Wiedersehen. (owf-VEEder-zane)

Please.  Bitte.(BIT-tuh)

Thank you.  Danke. (DAHN-kuh)

You’re welcome. Bitte. (BIT-tuh)

Excuse me. Entschuldigen Sie. (ent-SHOOL-de-gen zee)

Yes.  Ja. (Yah)

No.  Nein. (Nine)

Where is….?  Wo ist…? (VO ist)

Do you speak English?  Sprechen Sie Englisch? (SHPREK-en zee ENG-lish)

Check out About’s guide for audio pronounciations for these and other phrases!  And if you’re interested in learning more about Germany, click here for details about an upcoming program for students!