Action Items

  • Thank you for attending the AEF Member Holiday Celebration. We are grateful for the support of our Academy of Hospitality & Tourism, Culinary Arts and Mass Media for their help in executing the event. 

  • Sign up today as a team or a free agent for the Member Volleyball Tournament, Feb. 17 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center! All proceeds support our scholarship and work-based learning programs. 

  • The Career Bridge Internship is a six-week program for high school seniors to gain real-world experience before graduation and solidify their post-secondary plan. Learn more about hosting an intern at no cost to the employer. 
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Thank you to everyone who made the AEF Member Holiday Celebration a success by supporting AEF’s programs and scholarships.

We're grateful to the Academy students who helped execute the event from preparing breakfast to registration and more.

A special thank you to the staff at our host venue, the Conrad Washington DC, for their generosity and engagement with students, and Encore for its AV services and expertise.

Generous community members raised over $6,000 for AEF’s programs and scholarships through the Member Holiday Raffle.

Congratulations to our winners, and we appreciate our prize partners:

  • Alto
  • American University
  • Amtrak
  • Arena Stage
  • Big Bus Tours
  • Cake-Wich Craft
  • City Experiences by Hornblower
  • Conrad Washington DC
  • Downtown Holiday Market
  • Enchant Christmas
  • The Escape Game DC
  • Fava Pot
  • Fogo de Chão
  • George Washington's Mount Vernon
  • Hard Rock Cafe
  • Holistically Original
  • Hook Hall
  • Jo Malone
  • The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
  • Kraken Axes
  • Monumental Sports
  • Morton's The Steakhouse
  • National Cherry Blossom Festival
  • Pupatella Neapolitan Pizza
  • The Royal Sonesta Washington DC
  • Schlow Restaurant Group
  • Seize The App
  • Swingers the Crazy Golf Club
  • Uncle Chip’s Cookies
  • Viceroy Washington DC
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Everyone’s favorite friendly competition returns. Save the date for the DDC Member Volleyball Tournament to Benefit AEF – Feb. 17 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Special thanks to our partners at the Capitol Hill Volleyball Classic for their years of supporting students through this event.

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Think back to how you learned about the hospitality and tourism industry.

Was it your first job? A professor? Great colleagues?

Hundreds of students in Washington, DC are introduced to our industry through their high school Academies and through AEF. Hear from two scholars and members of the AEF Student Advisory Board, Jean Pierre Roberts (Jackson-Reed High School ’22) and Anura Sharma (Columbia Heights Educational Campus ’22), about what AEF has meant to them.

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Are you looking for help this spring during your peak season? How about an intern at no cost to you?

Through the DC Public Schools Career Bridge Internship program, high school seniors will gain real-world experience before graduation and solidify their post-secondary plan. As a fully paid opportunity by the DC Department of Employment Services, hosting an intern comes at no cost to the employer. 

  • Interns will be engaged at their host employers’ properties 10-12 hours per week for six weeks (March 13 - June 19).
  • Times and schedules are flexible. After school and weekend hours are preferred.
  • We are seeking in-person internship opportunities. In previous years, interns were able to take advantage of both front and back of house positions at area hotels.

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The new 2022 AEF Annual Review shares stories of:

  • Enthusiastic students ready to learn
  • Dedicated educators
  • Professionals and executives generous with their time, expertise and resources

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