Civic Education Workshop Program Instructor

American Civics Center

About the organization

The American Civics Center is seeking civics instructors for its Washington, DC-based educational programs. The American Civics Center is a non-partisan civic education organization dedicated to providing quality, affordable, and accessible programs that encourage participants to learn about history, government, and the rights and responsibilities of citizens in a democracy.

Instructors work with a group of 20-25 high school students from communities around the world as the students explore Washington’s public policy institutions, media organizations, monuments, and museums. In addition, instructors conduct workshop sessions each day in classroom settings and facilitate seminars held at locations throughout DC. A few evenings each week, instructors accompany students to social and cultural activities to share American culture with exchange students during their visit to the nation’s capital.


Programs work with students from three different exchanges for secondary school students sponsored by the Department of State. High School students from Germany, countries with predominantly Muslim populations, and countries from the former soviet union are provided a scholarship to live and study in states across the U.S. for one year. As part of their exchange year, select students participate in Civic Education Week here in Washington D.C. During their time here students learn about American history, government systems, youth leadership and community involvement skills through workshops and seminars in classroom settings, at sites on the National Mall and through guided exploration of museums. Students also share about their cultural exchange experiences on capitol hill and have an evening out exploring arts and culture in D.C.

The role of an instructor during these programs covers everything from fostering student cohesion to teaching history and civic engagement in a way that encourages students to make connections and sparks interest in community engagement. The ability to work with students from diverse backgrounds and foster discussion of government, history and current policy in a non-partisan manner is important to an instructor's daily tasks


Instructors are compensated at $20 per hour. Some overtime is available. Most meals are provided or reimbursed during assigned program days.

1. BS/BA in political science, international relations, history, economics, government, education, or related field
2. Strong knowledge of American history, U.S. government and current events
3. Knowledge of Washington DC’s National Mall Area
4. Ability to work with students from 14 to 18 years of age from a variety of countries and backgrounds
5. Ability to set aside personal viewpoint on an issue to present information in a nonpartisan manner
6. Ability to satisfactorily complete 24 hours of training conducted over 3 days in November in Arlington
Thursday 11/14/2019, Friday 11/15/2019, Saturday 11/16/2019
7. Ability to work 9 to 12 hours shifts during the following six date periods:
Sunday 11/17/2019 through Thursday 11/22/2019
Sunday 12/08/2019 through Thursday 12/13/2019
Sunday 01/26/2020 through Thursday 01/30/2020
Saturday 02/08/2020 through Thursday 02/13/2020
Saturday 02/22/2020 through Thursday 02/27/2020
Saturday 03/07/2020 through Thursday 03/12/2020
Saturday 03/21/2020 through Thursday 03/26/2020
Additional dates available in April, May, June and July for those interested.
8. Ability to pass a background check to work with minors.

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

To apply, please email resume (.doc or .pdf) and short letter of interest to Anna Patton by Oct 18, 2019 to [email protected]

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