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AEF is proud to introduce the three Advanced Internship Program (AIP) interns for the 2023-24 school year: Nalisa Jacobs (Ballou ’24), Melany Mendez Casas (Coolidge ’24), and John “JT” Thompson (Ballou ’24). The interns will be working with AEF and Destination DC (DDC) to learn about the hospitality industry, assist with programs and events and share their experiences on AEF’s Instagram and TikTok.

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Thank you to all who joined us at the DDC Member Holiday Celebration. The annual event celebrates another successful year and also provides work-based learning and professional networking opportunities for Academy students. More than 40 students welcomed guests, executed the event logistics and emceed the program. 

group photo of students and staff at JW Marriott Washington DC

Thank you to the JW Marriott Washington DC, Encore, Hargrove, Jon Amstrong Photography, and Booked By Blaze for their partnership. Together we created an unforgettable holiday experience and helped raise over $10,000 for AEF!

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This past month was busy with work-based learning programs and networking events for over 60 students and alumni! Thank you to all of our partners. 

Enchant Christmas and LINK Strategic Partners gave Academy students a behind the scenes look at putting together the annual holiday wonderland at Nationals Park.


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DDC team members welcomed students from the Academy of Business at Roosevelt High School to their office to learn more about careers at a destination marketing organization.

students and staff on skates at Kraken Kourts

Kraken Kourts and Skates partnered with AEF to host students and alumni for a networking party full of roller skating, pickleball and pizza.

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introducing new aef board members
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The annual Member Volleyball Tournament at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center is Feb. 16. Join teams representing hotels, restaurant groups and other industry colleagues as they compete in a friendly annual volleyball tournament to benefit the AEF. Buy a team package, sign up as an individual player or join as a spectator.

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Are you coming to DDC's Open House on Feb. 8? RSVP today! Visit the AEF Recording Studio during Open House where once again students from the Academy of Mass Media at Coolidge High School will be collecting your career journey stories.

Missed last year’s Recording Studio? Check out who stopped by and their advice.

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Call for host employers, career ready internships
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Invest in a young person next summer. Register to host a Career Ready Intern in 2024. Interns work 25 hours a week for six weeks and are paid by the city, so there is no cost to you.

Register by Jan. 31

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