Cultural Vistas Blog

An Internship To Help Save Endangered Languages

It’s common to hear about species becoming extinct or endangered. You’ve probably Advocacy organizations protecting nature frequently appear on television promoting their cause. But how often do you hear about the endangered languages?

It is estimated that one language goes extinct every three months. The problem of language preservation is very urgent.

That is a focus of PanLex, the nonprofit organization where I’m interning this summer as part of the Edmund S. Muskie Internship Program.

Panlex Edmund S. Muskie Internship Program
Alina poses at her desk at PanLex, where where she’s responsible for adding new translations into their database.

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Fellowship Alumnus Helps Grow the Future of Agriculture

Professional fellowships can be the key to advancing your career or pivoting into a different field. For Sam Schatz, the Alfa Fellowship Program in Russia accomplished these things, but more importantly, it introduced him to AeroFarms, a startup that is currently shaping the future of agriculture. Immediately after returning from a year in Moscow, Sam was hired as the company’s first employee after the founders.

AeroFarms Alfa Fellowship Program Sam Schatz
Sam Schatz (center) poses with Cultural Vistas CEO Jennifer Clinton, the Alfa Fellowship Program team, and Asya, a Edmund S. Muskie Program intern who spent summer 2018 at AeroFarms

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What is J Day?

Regardless of whether you have seen or heard the term, know about the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program, or have even participated in an actual event, you might still be a little confused about J Day.

The annual celebration of international education and exchanges, which brings Exchange Visitor Program participants and hosts together to #EatPlayGive as they participate in organized community service projects has grown significantly since its launch in 2014 to encompass 47 J Day events held across 24 states and Washington, D.C. in 2018.

But the scale of the nationwide effort today masks the simplicity behind the original concept.

This J Day, exchange interns, alumni, and Cultural Vistas staff assembled 720 children hygiene kits and donated 700+ diapers and other donations to the Greater DC Diaper Bank.

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Meet Lupe and Zhamilya, Two Interns Experiencing the U.S. with Cultural Vistas

Zhamilya is originally from the town of Oskemen in the eastern-most region of Kazakhstan. This region close to the intersection of Kazakhstan, Russia, China, and Mongolia is also where she studied international relations at the Sarsen Amanzholov East Kazakhstan State University. Despite being in her early twenties, she has already mastered several foreign languages and experienced life abroad in South Korea, Germany, and now—the U.S.

Zhamilya takes a break from mastering languages in Tampa Bay, Florida

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Foreign Talent Helps Win Both World Cup Titles and Hosting Bids

When the U.S. didn’t qualify for the 2018 World Cup in October last year, it dispirited millions of soccer fans who groaned at the sorry state of the sport in their country. Fortunately, these same fans got a significant pick-me-up in mid-June when the U.S., Canada, and Mexico were selected to host the World Cup in 2026.

Fans from these three countries owe partial thanks to the strategic communications and government affairs firm Glover Park Group (GPG) for the successful World Cup bid. But the firm itself owes partial thanks to a young U.K. trainee—Rory Rudd—who helped ensure that the firm could be involved in the first place.

Rory feels as comfortable working in sports marketing in NYC as the UK.

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