Project Code: STATE-USA-ECA-69

Public Diplomacy and Language Education: Surveying the Landscape

Project Title Public Diplomacy and Language Education: Surveying the Landscape
Project Summary Research government investment in language education in support of public diplomacy goals around the world.
Country United States
Country/Region of Focus Global
Agency Department of State
DoS Office ECA/A/L
Post N/A
Section N/A
Number of Interns 2
Project Description

Research and present a comparative analysis of government investment in language education (direct learner programs, teacher education, etc.) in support of public diplomacy. Survey how key international players in this arena construct programs and what motivates activity in this domain by investigating: investment of financial and human resources, global organizational structure, local implementation models, global distribution of resources, and online presence. In addition, a comparison with private sector international language program investments and models will provide additional context for the research. Interns will work with Regional English Language Officers to develop research questions to focus on a particular regional area or aspect of language learning and diplomacy.

Required Skills or Interests
Analytical writing
Cultural diplomacy
Additional Information

Preference will be given to candidates enrolled in MA-level studies in international education, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), public diplomacy, or closely related fields.
Strong foreign language skills are a plus, especially Chinese, Russian, German, French, Spanish.
The primary audience for this research is the Office of English Language Programs in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, including Regional English Language Offices in Embassies worldwide. Learn more about our work here: