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Internships for American Experience Foundation


Make a Difference

When it comes time to take all the lessons learned in the classroom and apply it to the board room, AEF connects Academy students with industry host employers for paid internship opportunities. Internships help students here in Washington, DC build the skills, networks, and capital to navigate the working world - and have the tools and confidence to change it for the better. Our investment of time, expertise, and resources into young people in our city and our communities is an investment into our collective future.


These internship programs are free for the host employer and are funded through programs at the DC Department of Employment Services. Want to learn more? Explore this page or contact Lisa Waldschmitt.

Christell Miranda Lopez Columbia Heights Educational Campus, Class of 2022

"I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do after graduation, but this internship opened my eyes and motivated me to work hard to be part of the hospitality industry. I appreciated how everyone was so kind and welcoming. I now plan to go to school and hope to keep working with them during my time off . I really love being part of the AC Hotel family!"

Lori Chalk, Owner, Events by Chalk

"I have been partnering with AEF for many years now and I can honestly say that I am always amazed by the exceptional students and what they bring to the table. While it is certainly wonderful to share my love of the industry with students, the real reward is experiencing firsthand their enthusiasm for the future."

Zoe Roberts, Wilson High School, Class of 2018

"Not only did I gain valuable insight into the function and recovery of the hospitality industry, but I have also had the opportunity to network with industry professionals I otherwise may not have had access to. The experience has strengthened my interest in pursuing this career field."

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