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JNCL-NCLIS Welcomes New Communications & Public Policy Intern, Sarah Raman

WASHINGTON DC - The Joint National Committee for Languages and the National Council for Languages and International Studies (JNCL-NCLIS) is pleased to announce the addition of Sarah Raman, Communications and Policy Intern, to the JNCL-NCLIS team in Washington, D.C.

Raman recently graduated from The Potomac School in Mclean, Virginia. They are currently taking a gap year and will enroll at Carleton College, where they plan to study linguistics, in September, 2021. In addition to studying Spanish and French through high school, Raman has experience living and working in several iso-immersive language settings, including the Virginia Governor’s Academy for Foreign Languages. They have also studied abroad in Senegal, where they took Wolof language classes and lived with a local host family. This year they are working as a content manager for an up-and-coming language learning app.

“The importance of languages really clicked for me while learning French at a language immersion summer camp. Even as a true beginner, piecing together broken sentence fragments made me feel braver and more confident than I had ever felt before. A whole new language meant a whole new way to understand and express myself; I took risks my English-speaking self never would have dreamed of,” recalls Sarah. “Language education has shaped every facet of my identity, and I am dedicated to ensuring that all American students can experience the magic of the language classroom.”

In their role as policy and communications intern, Raman will be working to draft blog posts and action alerts for JNCL-NCLIS member organizations, as well as planning for the upcoming Language Advocacy Day event, which will be held virtually in February. Raman can be reached at



Established in 1972, the Joint National Committee for Languages (JNCL) and the National Council for Languages and International Studies (NCLIS) represent the Language Enterprise to the US government and business community. Our membership includes over 130 organizations, which employ more than 300,000 language professionals globally. Together, we form an all-inclusive network and encompass all areas of the language field: exchanges, research, technology, translation, interpretation, localization, testing and more. Our mission is to ensure that Americans have the opportunity to learn English and at least one other language.


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