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Looking for Talent This Summer? Consider a Career Ready Intern!

Help the American Experience Foundation create memorable opportunities for students as they seek to gain firsthand experiences in the hospitality career field this summer AND gain entry-level talent over the summer all at no cost to your company!

Register here as a host employer by Feb. 28, 2022.

  • Who? High school juniors and seniors studying Hospitality and Tourism, Culinary Arts, Mass Media and Communications and Information Technology (IT)
  • When? 20-25 hours per week for 6 weeks; June 27-August 5, 2022
  • What? Open to in-person, hybrid and remote internship opportunities
  • How? No cost to the employer; interns are paid by the DC government
  • Why? Help students gain valuable career skills and get to know your future colleagues

In addition, the American Experience Foundation provides host employer support through additional engagement opportunities for students including field trips, networking events and mentorship opportunities for students.

Your partnership makes the difference to showcase the limitless possibilities that are available to students after graduation and to help build their career skills.

Here is what a 2021 Career Ready Internship partner had to say about their experience,

“I have been partnering with AEF for many years now and I can honestly say that I am always amazed by the exceptional students and what they bring to the table. While it is certainly wonderful to share my love of the industry with students, the real reward is experiencing firsthand their enthusiasm for the future.”- Lori Chalk, Owner, Events by Chalk

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Other Ways You Can Support Interns!

Not sure you have the capacity to take on an intern this summer? There are other ways to support interns and help build additional skills! Lead a 30-minute career skills workshop or welcome interns to your business for a site visit and tour.

Contact for more information or with questions.

Alumni Spotlight: Cayla Lewis Joins Destination DC

Cayla Lewis joins the Destination DC Convention Sales team as the Convention Sales Assistant. As a graduate of the Academy of Hospitality and Tourism at Columbia Heights Educational Campus, her experience at the Academy helped Cayla realize her love for people can be translated into a professional career.

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Partner Profile: Herron Printing and Graphics

Thank you to Randy Herron and Herron Printing & Graphics for their assistance printing AEF’s 2021 Annual Review. A longtime partner and supporter of the American Experience Foundation, Randy was recognized as an American Experience Foundation Champion at DDC’s Member Holiday Event in 2019. In addition to using his connections to Skal International to raise funds for AEF, he has printed our Annual Review and July 4th VIP Event signage for several years, helping AEF share our work and celebrate with our community.

Here’s why Randy supports the American Experience Foundation, 

“I love the hospitality industry and anything travel related. It's just natural that I would support an organization whose mission is "Helping to inspire the next generation of travelers and hospitality professionals." It is important that we bring up the next generation of travel professionals and I especially like that it benefits young people from our nation's Capital. I hope to continue to support AEF for years to come."  - Randy Herron

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ARTECHOUSE’s Transient: Impermanent Paintings

Transient: Impermanent Paintings is the newest installation from the groundbreaking ARTECHOUSE. Immerse yourself in the creative journey, inspired by live music performance and traditional painting techniques brought into the 21st century. Use this exclusive link to save 10% off your ticket purchase and a portion of the proceeds will benefit AEF this winter!

ARTECHOUSE has long been a supporter of AEF by providing tour opportunities and mentorship engagement for students in addition to strong revenue share programs benefitting AEF. Thank you to ARTECHOUSE for your continued partnership!

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In Case You Missed It: Check Out our 2021 Annual Review

Thank you for an incredible year of learning, connections and special virtual opportunities. 

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