FLSA: Non-exempt

Pay Band: 1 Temporary

Pay Rate: $17.00 per hour for returning panelists

Pay Rate: $15.00 per hour for new Panelists

Reports to: Manager, Data Hub



The Screening Panelist evaluates essays written in English by high school applicants for competitive scholarships to international exchange programs in the United States (foreign students coming to the US) and abroad (US students travelling overseas).  Panelists provide written evaluations using established criteria and a scoring rubric.  Training on the evaluation process is required for both new and experienced screening panelists.  Experienced screening panelists are defined as people who have previously served as American Councils screening panelists for the FLEX, YES, or NSLI-Y programs.

This short-term position begins in September and ends by mid-December 2018.  Panelists are expected to work a minimum of 10 hours per week in September when only paper essays are available and a minimum of 15 hours per week when online essays become available in October.  Screeners may not exceed 40 hours per week.  The Screening Panelist is expected to maintain an overall screening rate of approximately eight (8) applicant essay evaluations per hour.   This is necessary to complete screening in a timely manner. This position is not eligible for benefits.

The work schedule is flexible.  Daytime, evening, and weekend hours are available based on the number and type of essays available.

  • In September, essay screening will be completed in the American Councils office in Washington, D.C.The screening room adheres to the following general schedule:

Monday-Thursday: 9am – 8:30pm

Friday: 9am – 6pm

Saturday: 10am – 4pm

  • In October, in addition to the screening in the screening room at American Councils, opportunities to screen essays online begin. No take-home essays will be available.

  • In November and December, most screening will likely be done online.

Please note:  expenses for relocation, transportation, and internet are NOT reimbursed.

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:


  • Degree from an accredited higher education institution (community college or higher)

  • Excellent reading and writing skills in English.

  • International or cross-cultural exposure (e.g. participating in an exchange program; hosting an exchange student; or enrolled in or holding a degree in area studies, world language, international affairs, or other relevant field).

  • Availability to attend a mandatory training in mid-September before you begin screening at American Councils.While subject to change if we have a low registration rate for a session, these training dates are currently expected to be:

    • Online screening for screeners with at least 2 years of experience and who screened in 2018 for the 2019-20 program year:  Online training will be available by September 9. You are required to submit homework after watching a video.

    • Experienced Screener Refresher in-person Training (for those who have less than 2 years of experience and/or did not screen in 2018):

      September 7, 10am – 12noon

      or September 16, 5:30pm – 7:30pm

    • New Screener Training:

      Wednesday & Thursday, September 11 & 12, 5:30pm – 8:30pm

      or Saturday, September 14, 9:30am – 4:30pm


  • Ability to commit to working at least 10 hours per week in the screening room at American Councils September – Mid October and at least 15 hours per week starting in mid October either with online essays or in the room.

  • Demonstrated attention to detail in a deadline-oriented work environment.

  • Ability to work independently, with minimal supervision.


  • Evaluation or assessment experience.

  • Experience working with high school students (teaching, tutoring, leading activities).

About the Exchange Program Scholarships:

  • The Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) Program is for secondary school students from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Mongolia Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Ukraine. The program offers scholarships for students to travel to the United States to attend high school for a full academic year while living with a host family.

  • The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program seeks to provide young international students with a better understanding of American society and its people, institutions, values, and culture. The program helps students to foster lasting personal ties, engage in activities that promote mutual understanding across cultures, respect diversity, establish leadership skills, and understand civil society. At the same time, YES students help their American classmates enhance their understanding of foreign countries and cultures.

  • The National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) Program provides merit-based scholarships for eligible U.S. high school students to learn less commonly taught languages in summer and academic-year overseas immersion programs.

All of the scholarships are programs of the U.S. Department of State and are fully funded by the U.S. government.

Applications will be accepted, and positions filled on a rolling basis through August 30, or until all vacancies are filled. Please include a cover letter with your application only if you feel that you have relevant experience not covered by the initial questions and your resume.