If you are 18 years of age, a United States citizen, fluent in English and any other
language(s), and have a desire to use your language(s) in the service of others,
you are eligible to become a NLSC member!
The NLSC accepts speakers of any language. The languages needed at any given time
are defined by the agencies that request NLSC services.
Yes, the NLSC offers financial compensation but only when you accept and work on
an assignment to support a language need. You will be hired as a temporary federal
employee and paid an hourly stipend for time spent working on an assignment, plus
reimbursement for relevant travel expenses.
The NLSC does not offer permanent full-time or part-time jobs. The NLSC responds
to federal agencies’ needs for language skills in emergencies or surge requirements.
For this reason, we do not maintain any postings or offer any job location services.
Once a federal agency identifies a need, NLSC Members are advised of the potential
assignment. If you are an interested and available Member, you will go through a
screening and selection process. For this reason, it is important to keep your contact
The NLSC does not currently offer internships.
By joining the NLSC, you are joining a national pool of as-needed volunteers who are
willing to volunteer their language skills in an effort to serve the Federal Government
at a time of need. That means, you are saying “I’m here if you need my skills.”
If an assignment comes up that requires your skills, we will contact you, but the
decision to participate in the assignment is yours; you may decline any assignment
based upon your interest and/or availability.
At this time, the NLSC can only enroll individuals who are U.S. citizens. If you
are not a citizen and want to express interest in joining, please click
Membership is free.