Action Items

  • Thank you to all of the volunteer industry partners who supported work-based learning for AEF’s 11 Career Ready Interns this summer.

  • See the Career Ready Intern Luncheon recap for students from Hospitality & Tourism, Culinary Arts, Mass Media and Information Technology programs at the Omni Shoreham Hotel.

  • AEF spoke at Destinations International’s Annual Conference with Chicago, IL and Arlington, TX about the ways destination marketing organizations can build their own nonprofit partnerships for community impact.
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Eleven students and staff in group photo at Councilmember Brooke Pinto's office

AEF hosted a total of 11 Career Ready Interns (CRIs) this summer, engaging in meaningful experiences such as meeting with hospitality executives, exploring the city and discussing how the Washington, DC hospitality industry can create a welcoming and safe environment for residents and visitors alike.

Throughout the internship, professionals generously volunteered their time to provide valuable feedback during the interns' weekly presentations. Thanks to work-based learning partners:

  • AC Hotel by Marriott Washington DC Convention Center
  • Anacostia Business Improvement District
  • Anacostia Community Museum
  • Art Museum of the Americas
  • Councilmember Brooke Pinto
  • Downtown DC Business Improvement District
  • Gallaudet University
  • International Spy Museum
  • Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District
  • Marriott International
  • Omni Shoreham Hotel 
  • Selina Hotel Union Market
  • The Smithsonian Institution
  • Texas A&M Bush School of Government and Public Service
Four round tables set for a luncheon at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, with gold chairs and yellow carpet

To celebrate the end of the six-week program for the career and technical education Academies of Hospitality & Tourism, Culinary Arts and Mass Media 60 interns across the District, AEF and the Omni Shoreham Hotel hosted a networking luncheon for CRIs and host employers from around he city.



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AEF Associate Director Lisa Waldschmitt presented at Destinations International Annual Conference on July 19 along with Mary German, Chief Operating Officer of Arlington Convention & Visitors Bureau and Roz Stuttley, Director of Equity, Inclusion and Diversity at Choose Chicago.

The panel discussed how destination organizations can partner with local industry, non-profit and education partners to build and sustain the next generation of leaders.

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AEF was featured in Meetings Today. Learn how AEF and Destination DC are paving the way, connecting the next generation of leaders directly to the hospitality industry.

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