United States Heartland China Association 


Heartland Chinese Teacher Awards: 


STARTALK Career Pathways: Connecting Heritage Learners to Federal Careers 

STARTALK Career Pathways: Connecting Heritage Learners to Federal Careers is a project funded as part of the STARTALK initiative to increase the learning of critical languages in order to build workforce capacity in the federal government to meet national security needs.

This project provides resources that highlight federal career opportunities for heritage language learners of Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Persian, and Russian. We define a heritage language learner as someone with a cultural or family relationship to a language that is not the dominant language used outside of the home. 

Our resources include podcasts, videos, interactive guides, and other materials to help you learn about different federal government jobs where you can use your language skills and how to prepare for and find these jobs. Although our materials feature specific languages and the strengths and experiences of heritage language learners, they are designed to help any language learner interested in federal career opportunities.

Eligible U.S. high school students can apply to NSLI-Y to compete for a merit scholarship to study a target language in a host country in summer 2024 or Academic Year 2024-25. The application deadline is November 2, 2023. 

The National Security Agency has several language intern programs currently open for high-schoolers and undergrads, with deadlines ranging from October 15-31, 2023. More information is available at 

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KWLA ( Kentucky World Languages Association)