Industry: Education
Type of Internship: Administrative/Customer Service/Technical Support/HR
Student Name: Anonymous
Graduation Year: 2020
Major: Spanish
Minor: None
Position Title: Administrative Intern
Hours: 24 hours per week
Paid or Unpaid: Unpaid, part-time

What do you do as an intern at this organization?

My daily tasks include answering emails, answering phones, and managing correspondence and communication with students. I also assist with the admissions process at the school, helping both local students and international students with their applications. I assist the office manager and designated school official (DSO) with putting together student visa applications and making sure everything is in order to help students apply for their visas. I also assist with social media and internal media, including designing flyers and planning events for our students. I have also been asked to help with a variety of administrative tasks, including preparing new student packets, attendance lists, filing, etc.

How did you find this internship?

Internet search

What do you enjoy most about your internship?

I enjoy working with a variety of students, faculty, and staff from around the world and learning about international education. I have also really enjoyed learning about the legal aspects of visas and how we can help students from overseas access educational opportunities in the US. Working with local students studying foreign languages in DC is also very rewarding, as they are often coming from international nonprofits, government or military agencies.

What do you find challenging?

Although I am learning a lot about language education and international education, the work itself is very much administrative. Sometimes it is a bit slow, but the staff is very willing to give interns assignments. Sometimes, it's difficult to communicate with students from other countries when they don't speak English.

What advice would you offer to someone who wants to make the most of an internship like yours?

This is a great opportunity to practice patience and flexibility. Be willing to put in the work on more menial tasks to get the opportunity to connect with the staff and students, who bring so much wonderful insight and diversity from their respective home cultures. This is a great opportunity to practice a foreign language, and you should do so when given the chance! You can also sign up for a language class or their TESOL (teaching English) program for the summer, which is a great bonus. Be open to feedback from the management, and I would suggest submitting your application at least in early May, if not sooner. A lot of students apply for this internship.

About the Organization

International Language Institute
Washington, D.C.

The International Language Institute (ILI) was founded in 1970 when it began its operations with four English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers and about 15 students. Our mission is to provide high-quality language instruction and academic preparation, at a superior value, to satisfy the individual goals of those who choose to study for academic, professional, or personal reasons. Over the past 45 years, our company has seen steady growth and developed a strong reputation around the world and locally for quality language training and academic preparation at a superior value.