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2024 CLSAS Annual Conference
Exploring New Possibilities
June 08, 2024 - Arlington, Virginia


Prepare to ignite your passion for exploration at the upcoming Critical Language Scholarship Alumni Conference themed 'Exploring New Possibilities.' Engage in dynamic breakout sessions covering diverse topics including academic opportunities, arts, and NGO initiatives. Network with on-site recruiters from government agencies and the private sector, unlocking doors to new career pathways and collaborations. Join us as we embark on a journey of discovery, paving the way for endless possibilities in language, culture, and beyond.

Updated June 05, 2024

Tentative Schedule of Events

Friday, June 07, 2024

18:00 - 20:00 Welcome Reception at Hook Hall (Washington D.C.) RSVP HERE

Saturday, June 08, 2024

08:30 - 09:00 Check-in + Coffee
09:00 - 09:30 Welcome Session

09:35 - 11:00 Concurrent breakout sessions (Careers at State, Alumni Panel, Fellowships & Higher Ed)

11:15 - 11:50 Concurrent breakout sessions (FBI, Call to Action: Developing an Advocacy Toolkit)
12:00- 12:45 Lunch (provided)

13:00 - 13:50 Concurrent breakout sessions (Careers in Interpretation & Translation, A Government Agency)

14:00 - 14:45 Concurrent breakout sessions (When Language Meets Art, NCE Workshop)

15:00 - 15:45 Exchange Alumni Roundtable

16:00 - 16:45 Language Specialists, Analysis, and Intelligence Careers

16:45 - 17:00 Closing Remarks

17:00 - 19:00 Networking happy hour at the conference hotel!

View the full agenda

Registration is closed - we have reached capacity! 

For a limited number of CLSAS members outside of the D.C. area, we may have funds to sponsor your travel and lodging. Please let us know on the registration form if you require financial assistance to attend the 2024 CLSAS Annual Conference.

Booking your own travel? Use this link to receive the discounted room rate at the Crystal Gateway Marriott. 

Attire: Business Casual

A special thank you to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and the American Councils for International Education (AC) for their invaluable partnership in making this conference possible.

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Saturday, June 08, 2024

Crystal Gateway Marriott
1700 Richmond Highway,
Arlington VA
(Off the Yellow/Blue Line "Crystal City")

Free for CLSAS Members/Recent NSLI-Y Alumni

$20 for non-CLSAS Members

2024 CLSAS Annual Conference Sponsors

General Information

The event aims to bring together CLS alumni from diverse backgrounds and geographic locations to network, receive professional development opportunities, and support their unique language retention needs. The conference also provides access to career coaching and job recruiters to give alumni the tools and resources needed to succeed and advance their careers. Featuring multiple employers from diverse sectors and industries, including NGOs, private corporations, and federal government agencies, alumni will have the opportunity to attend information sessions and submit resumes to interested employers.

Prospective Sessions

  • Welcome & Spotlight on ECA & American Councils: This session is aimed at setting the tone for the conference and is traditionally formatted as a welcome session.

  • CLSAS Board Town Hall: CLSAS Board Members will briefly share important conference logistical information, give an update on the year’s activities and future plans for the organization.  

  • Keynote Address: We will feature a recognized leader in a language education, international affairs or geo-political field. Moderated Q&A to follow the remarks. 

  • Career Development: We anticipate holding multiple sessions with prospective employers who will equip attendees with tips and strategies for advancing their careers in their respective fields. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with NGO, government, STEM, and private corporate recruiters seeking to hire a diverse group of international exchange alumni with critical language experience and capabilities. 

  • Continuing Education: This session will host organizations and representatives in the international education space, such as APSIA.

  • Language-focused Social Hour: We will host several times for casual socializing and networking, and at least one of these will feature dedicated tables or areas for conversations to be held in each CLS language. 

  • Alumni Panel: This session will feature a group of accomplished CLS alumni to share their experiences and insights with current students, recent graduates, young professionals, and other conference attendees.

  • Language, Arts, & Culture:  This year’s session will continue to explore the range of possibilities that exist in the pursuit of creative careers. 

  • Federal Careers Sessions: CLSAS has long been a recruiting partner for various federal departments and agencies, and we plan to continue those partnerships in 2024. Sessions may include presentations, meetings, and mock interviews with representatives of: 

    • Dept. of State (various bureaus and offices)

    • Central Intelligence Agency (various directorates)

    • National Security Agency (various units)

    • Dept. of Justice (various units)

    • Dept. of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency

    • Dept. of Energy (various units)

    • Dept. of Defense & Military Branches (various units)

    • USAID

  • Private Sector Careers Sessions: CLSAS will seek to leverage its alumni network to gain the participation of representatives from private sector companies in the following industries, especially regarding prospective career paths that would leverage the linguistic, cultural, or geopolitical expertise of CLS alumni. Industries we will target include, but are not limited to: 

    • Government contractors (Defense, Logistics, etc.)

    • Interpretation & Translation

    • Engineering & Technology

    • Travel & Hospitality

    • Finance

    • Medicine & Healthcare

    • Management Consulting

    • Public/Government Affairs

    • Law


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