Expand Your World: Host an International Student Intern

Each summer, families in and around St. Louis open their homes and host Walker EDGE international student interns. Hosting is a wonderful way to learn about a new culture, expand one's global perspective and develop life-long international friendships.  It is also a great way to rediscover Saint Louis through sharing your own culture.  Students with diverse backgrounds and with a wide array of interests intern through the Walker EDGE program and are eager to learn about American life first-hand.

In addition to a private place to sleep, hosts provide breakfast, dinner and food for a sack lunch. All other costs are the responsibility of the student.  Host families do receive a stipend to help defray costs while the student interns are here during their eight to twelve week internships. 

Summer 2015 Host Families Needed

We are currently seeking host families for the following dates:

  • Friday, May 30 - Saturday, July 26 (Student Interns from Mexico)
  • Friday, June 27 - Saturday, August 23 (Student Interns from Germany)

Matches with interns are made by submitting an online application and preference form.  If a match is made, a background check will be required on host family members above the age of 18 who have not hosted with the Walker EDGE or GIE programs within the past two years (summer 2013 or 2012).  Host families are not responsible for transportation to/from a student intern’s place of employment so being located near public transportation options is ideal.  

If you are interested in participating as a host family, please complete our online application and preference form and we will follow up with you to discuss details. 

For questions or to learn more about hosting a Walker EDGE international student intern in your home, please contact:

Lori Sharp, Walker EDGE Assistant Director


“During the past 18 years, our family has had the privilege to create connections with a wide range of students, and they have become friends and family for life. Our daughters have grown up with big brothers and sisters—a wonderful gift exposing them to the variety of life and cultures. Our exchange sons and daughters have enriched our lives. Our family is more involved and connected to this wonderful and diverse world.”


-Rocky and Jane Keel, St. Louis host family