Language and Cultural Competency
By and large, NSEP award recipients enter the workforce with advanced to superior-level proficiency (ILR level 2-3) in languages critical to national security.
NSEP focuses on the critical languages and cultures of Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Latin America. Participants are involved in innovative, intensive, and long-term programs designed to provide meaningful opportunities to gain significant competencies in these languages and cultures.
Working in the Federal Government
Over 3,300 NSEP award recipients have joined the Federal Government in varied departments and agencies. NSEP is unique in the commitment of its award recipients to proceed into public service upon completion of their academic studies. Each NSEP award recipient must demonstrate a commitment to bring his or her extraordinary skills to the Federal Government through employment within one of its many agencies and departments.