Penn State Penn State: College of the Liberal Arts
Linguistic Diversity Across the LifespanGraduate Research Traineeship Program



Program participants will complete the program with an internship with academic and private sector extramural partners to support careers bridging linguistics and technology, both inside and outside academia, in national and international settings. The internship program is designed to support students’ future careers by maximizing their opportunities to transfer and further train their skills.

Our Partners

Academic Technology Division - American University

The Academic Technology Division at American University’s areas of focus are learning and classroom technology and support, learning space design, and lab technology.

AI Research Technologies - Interactions LLC

The AI Research Technologies at Interactions LLC develops custom speech interfaces for industry, using conversational artificial intelligence and adaptive understanding technology.

Constant Therapy

Constant Therapy harnesses innovative AI and large scale data to provide digital, individualized speech, language, and cognitive therapy to persons recovering from stroke or traumatic brain injuries, or living with neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s.


Duolingo is the most popular language-learning platform and the most downloaded education app worldwide. Trainees will work with Duolingo learning scientists to analyze user behavior and communicate about linguistics and language science to a broad, global audience.

Gallaudet University

The Signing Avatars and Immersive Learning (SAIL) project is one of many projects under the Visual Language and Visual Learning (VL2) Center at Gallaudet University. Gallaudet University is the world’s premiere university serving deaf and hard-of-hearing students.

Human-Computer Interaction Institute

The Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon researches innovation in user-interface software tools, gesture recognition, human-robot interaction, intelligent tutoring systems, and understanding and building platforms that maximize the positive organizational and social impact of technology.


Jeenie is a peer-to-peer marketplace platform connecting users to a video or audio call with live, qualified interpreters for on-demand language assistance in a variety of settings. Our global community of interpreters, located in over 140 countries, is available to help clients 24/7 in over 300 languages.

Language Technologies Institute

The Language Technologies Institute at Carnegie Mellon develops innovative technologies that integrate science of language and AI/Machine Learning to enable tools and technologies to support human activity.

Linux Foundation's Working Group

The group’s research focuses on human-centered data science, building context adaptive spaces and performance assessment at the individual, group, and organizational levels. The work involves machine learning, social network analysis, data mining, and statistics.

Learning Analytics Research Network

The Learning Analytics Research Network at New York University combines deep expertise in advanced data science methods with the careful design and implementation of novel learning approaches in order to promote equitable and effective education for all.  

MAZEM gGmbH - Technical U. Braunschweig

MAZEM gGmbH at the Technical University of Braunschweig translates knowledge on language learning into educational practice and digital language teaching and support.

University of Granada

The University of Granada studies speech interfaces, conversational AI, and speech technologies, in different varieties of Spanish and English.

UPenn Learning Informatics Lab

The University of Pennsylvania Learning Informatics Lab, led by Dr. Bodong Chen, is an interdisciplinary laboratory that aims to research, design, and mobilize information technology and data analytics to improve learning and conditions for learning.