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Special Announcement! PALCUS Summer Internships now accepting applications!!

This year PALCUS is excited to be offering three Internship Positions.
Two positions are for PALCUS Members and one position is for PFSA Members.

PALCUS Partners with Study in Portugal Network for Internships in Portugal in Summer, 2020

PALCUS  has partnered with the  Study in Portugal Network (SiPN)   to offer  students an opportunity to complete a Summer internship in Portugal.  
Through  the PALCUS/SiPN partnership, all costs related to the internship and lodging in  Portugal are covered by a grant from the  Luso-American Foundation (FLAD). 
Students are responsible for airfare, meals and personal expenses.

We are now accepting applications for two SiPN Full-time placements in Portugal for June & July (8 weeks).

Criteria for application:
  • Be a PALCUS member.  (Young Portuguese American $25 annual)  
  • Attest to at least 25% Portuguese Ancestry
  • Minimum G.P.A. = 2.5  Unofficial transcript required at time of application.
  • U.S. passport valid within 6 months of return to the United States
  • Submit application and transcript no later than March 15, 2020

To learn more about SiPN's programs, hear about intern experiences on YouTube, join and complete the application, visit our internship page at: 


Photo courtesy of Study in Portugal Network

PALCUS and PFSA (Portuguese Fraternal Society of America) have partnered to provide a summer internship in Portugal to a PFSA member who is an undergraduate or graduate student. Through the PALCUS/PFSA partnership, all costs related to the internship and lodging in Portugal will be covered.  Students are responsible for airfare, meals and personal expenses. 
"Being able to complete an internship in Portugal is a unique and coveted opportunity that we are proud to be able to provide through this new partnership with PFSA," said Angela Costa Simoes, Chair of the Board of Directors of PALCUS. "PALCUS has a long history of providing educational opportunities for Portuguese-American students, and we are committed to continuing that legacy by creating new opportunities that meet the demands of today's world."
PFSA - The Portuguese Fraternal Society of America is proud to partner with PALCUS - The Portuguese Leadership Council of the United States to promote unique work experiences for PFSA college students wishing to connect with their Portuguese heritage." said John A.R. Salvador, CEO of PFSA.
This program will provide both undergraduate and graduate students with the opportunity to obtain invaluable work and career experience in government, business, and international organizations throughout Portugal.  Internships can be served at embassies, consulate offices, large private companies, professional offices and other government agencies.
The internship is managed by the Study in Portugal Network (SiPN), a FLAD organization. SiPN provides a unique range of opportunities for students looking for an international internship. These opportunities run the gamut from placements with governmental organizations, NGOs, INGOs, or for-profit companies across a wide variety of disciplinary areas. The program provides housing, weekend trips and all the logistics to make the students' stay a productive one. Placements are mostly in Lisbon, but also include Porto and the Azores. Students can also combine a part-time position with one of the other classes running during each of the summer sessions, earning as many 12 semester credits in 2 months. For more information about SiPN internships visit HERE
Criteria for application:
  • Be a PFSA member
  • Attest to at least 25% Portuguese Ancestry
  • Minimum G.P.A. = 2.5 (Unofficial transcript required at time of application)
  • U.S. passport valid within 6 months of return to the United States
  • Submit application and transcript no later than March 15,2020.  

Contact Information
PFSA                                                                                 PALCUS
Jerry Escobar                                                                  Gracielle Camillo
510.877.8045                                                                  202.466.4664                                            
Are you a PALCUS member yet?  
We are stronger together!

I f you agree with the work undertaken by PALCUS to build the social, cultural and political capital of our community, then please join us and become a member today!

Strong membership participation means a stronger voice in the national Portuguese-American agenda. In order to advance Portuguese language education, increase presence in the congressional caucuses, and provide economic opportunities, the collective voice of thousands is needed!  

In addition, PALCUS is a member-driven non-profit organization that depends on membership dues and fundraising events to fund its operations.  Members of the all-volunteer board of directors donate their time and personal funds for travel, lodging and tickets to attend networking events and planning sessions so our administrative costs are relatively low but nonetheless critical to doing business on a daily basis.

There are membership categories to suit every budget and level of interest.  Please click on our membership webpage and join our voice today!

Did you enjoy this newsletter? Do you know about all the programs PALCUS offers our community? Please visit our website and become a member today! 
We can't do what we do without your support!

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Jobs for Portuguese Speakers

If you want to put your Portuguese language skills to use in your next job, there are many opportunities out there! Visit the  Jobs for Portuguese Speakers Facebook page to see some job openings.

Contact Information

Phone: 202-466-4664

9255 Center St., Suite 404
Manassas, VA 20110
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PALCUS Mission

In order to create a singular voice to advocate  for the Portuguese-American and Luso-American communities at large, the Portuguese-American Leadership Council of the United States Inc. (PALCUS) was founded in 1991 as a non-partisan, non-profit, organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. 
The PALCUS mission is to address domestic and international concerns of the Portuguese-American Community.
The Council conducts an expanding program of educational and public affairs activities on issues of interest to the Portuguese-American community and of salience to the Luso-American Relationship.
PALCUS is committed to serving the community through increasingly active government relations efforts, the promotion of a greater awareness of ethnic accomplishments and encouraging stronger ties between Portugal and the United States. In this role PALCUS advances the community professionally, politically and culturally while working to ensure that issues directly affecting our community are addressed through our network of government and community leaders.

PALCUS is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization under the IRS tax code and  incorporated under the laws of the District of Columbia.  Donations are tax deductible to extent allowed by law and will be acknowledged.

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