Information For: Alumni
Each year, the CLS Program selects a small group of outstanding recent alumni to be CLS Alumni Ambassadors. CLS Alumni Ambassadors represent the diversity of the CLS Program in language, field of study, gender, ethnicity/race, educational institution, state of origin, and future plans. Alumni Ambassadors take leadership roles as representatives of the CLS Program. They represent the program to various audiences, including prospective CLS participants, fellow alumni, CLS Program representatives, and the general public. The role of Alumni Ambassador is a one-year, unpaid, voluntary position.
Outstanding Alumni Ambassadors from previous years are also invited to continue serving the CLS Program as Senior Alumni Ambassadors. These “senior” ambassadors take part in all the usual ambassador activities, as well as serve in a mentorship role to other ambassadors.
Typical activities of an Alumni Ambassador may include:
- General CLS and/or county-specific presentations
- Participating in online forums (e.g. ExchangesConnect, State Alumni, Facebook)
- Providing prospective CLS students with information about their experience
- Responding to questions from future CLS participants as needed
- Speaking on an alumni panel at a CLS pre-departure orientation in Washington, D.C.
Click here to view CLS Alumni Ambassador profiles.
Alumni Development Fund
The Alumni Development Fund provides a limited number of small grants to CLS alumni to assist with continued language learning and/or professional or academic development. Individual applicants may apply for grants up to $500, pending State Department funding; groups may be eligible for larger amounts based on size and type of activity. Preference is given to recent alumni and those alumni who have never received an Alumni Development Fund grant before. Applicants are expected to submit proposals that will have a wider impact on others (e.g. students, other CLS alumni, or the wider community).
+ 2011 CLS Photo and Video Contest
The CLS Program would like to congratulate Rene Orth ('11 Shanghai, China) for her winning entry in the CLS Photo & Video contest! Rene's winning video entry can be viewed on the CLS blog.
Even though the 2011 contest is over, we're always looking for great photos and videos of your CLS Program experience! If you have photos you would like to share, please email the CLS Program: firstname.lastname@example.org.
+ 2012 Essay Contest
All Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) alumni have a story to tell about the impact of the CLS Program. Take a look at Thomas “Cole” Paulson’s winning essay “India at the Bat” and learn what he learned during his time with CLS.
+ Q&A: Marketing Your Critical Language Skills
Cheryl Matherly and Martin Tillman, two noted career development and international education experts, joined State Alumni for a discussion on “Marketing Your Critical Language Skills and Overseas Experience to Employers." Topics included strategies for integrating language skills and study abroad experiences into resumes and job interviews.
You can view the transcript on the State Alumni website.
CLS Alumni Database
A full database of CLS Program alumni from 2006-2012 is available in the CLS Alumni Database. Search for CLS alumni by name, home institution, language, year, and field of study.
The CLS Program welcomes involvement from past participants!
If you are interested in conducting an information session on your campus after completing the CLS Program, please feel free to contact us at 202-833-7522 or via email.