Welcome Career Ready Interns!

This summer, organizations across the city have begun to welcome interns through the Career Ready Internship Program.

AEF helped place over 50 high school students with host employers across the city. These employers showcase our vast industry to our future colleagues – current Academy of Hospitality and Tourism, Culinary Arts and Mass Media students.

The American Experience Foundation is proud to host 11 students for six weeks this summer:

  • Camiyah Price, Ballou High School
  • Charity Jones, Jackson-Reed High School 
  • Destanie Coleman, Coolidge High School
  • Dominga Trice, Jackson-Reed High School 
  • Erick Torres Flores, Coolidge High School 
  • Heaven Taylor, Coolidge High School 
  • Jahmiaya Mosley, Jackson-Reed High School 
  • Kori Johnson, Coolidge High School 
  • Marcella Carroll, Ballou High School 
  • Nia Diggs, Jackson-Reed High School 
  • Samuel Grand, Jackson-Reed High School 

Our interns will explore how sustainability and diversity, equity and inclusion values can and do come to life in the travel and tourism industry. Interns will meet with hoteliers, leaders in the arts, restaurants, government, community partners and more! Their internships will culminate with final projects that share the students’ vision for the workplaces of the future.

We need you! If you’re interested in judging weekly or final presentations, please sign up here.

If you’re interested in hosting a tour and talking about what your company is doing to be more sustainable, please contact Lisa Waldschmitt, AEF’s Senior Foundation Manager.

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Thank you to attendees, scholarship winners and partners for an unforgettable July 4th VIP Celebration!

Hosted at the American Pharmacists Association's Potomac View Terrace the venue showcases the best view of the fireworks and our national monuments. We are so grateful for all the support we received to bring this event to life.

Thank you event partners:

  • Ridgewells Catering
  • Ampa Events
  • Bialek’s Music
  • District Winery
  • Encore
  • Perfect Settings
  • PMI
  • Red Bear Brewing Company
  • Something Vintage
  • Table Manners
  • Uncle Chips

And thank you to sponsors Washington New Area Automobile Dealers Association and NFP

The July 4th celebration closes out the school year with a bang! Will you please donate to support AEF and students’ college and career readiness all year long? Thank you!

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Intern Profile: Diamond Myles
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 Check Out AEF Social Media with our July Editor!

Diamond Myles, Urban Alliance intern with AEF since January 2022, will be the new editor for AEF social media profiles on LinkedIn and Twitter. She is looking forward to sharing all the fun facts, events and questions for everyone to enjoy until the end of July. She hopes to take what is learned from this experience to apply it to daily life as she goes into digital media at the University of the District of Columbia. 

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Group of 18 alumni at Clyde's of Gallery Place

This past June, AEF, in partnership with Clyde’s of Gallery Place, celebrated our alumni by providing a networking event for former interns, scholarship winners, and student advisory board members from the Academies of Hospitality and Tourism. Thank you to our friend John McDonnell and Clyde’s for hosting us!

We welcomed our alumni for an evening of camaraderie. It was a joy to catch up with each other and to finally meet a few alumni for the first time in person after two virtual years. We are so proud of all they have accomplished and will accomplish in the future! Since 2015, AEF has supported our alumni students and their career growth through scholarships, internship placements and career support. 

Want to meet some of our alumni? Watch our previous scholarship winners talk about their experiences with AEF.

You can also sign up for our AEF Alumni in Action bi-monthly newsletter here.  

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Visit Aṣẹ: Afro Frequencies

Walk alongside African kings and queens as you explore timeless questions of identity, power and belonging in a powerful and futuristic audiovisual exhibition at ARTECHOUSE. Use this exclusive link to save 10% off your ticket purchase. Thank you to ARTECHOUSE for your continued partnership. A portion of this summer’s ticket proceeds will benefit AEF.

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