GALA's Global Talent Initiative

The global language industry is vast and varied. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 24 percent growth from 2020 to 2030 for translators and interpreters, and that figure represents just one part of the complex supply chain in just one country! In addition to linguistics, there are abundant opportunities in software development, sales, project management, vendor management, executive leadership, data governance, and operations.

This industry needs a wide array of talented individuals with a desire to work at the intersection of business, technology, language, and culture. 

GALA is a global organization with members from diverse stakeholder groups. As such, we are well-positioned to drive activities that aim to attract talent to the global language industry and support students pursuing careers within it. In addition to our own activities, GALA also partners with other language industry associations and nonprofits to advance global talent initiatives around the globe. 

Read more about GALA's broad approach to supporting this important, industry-wide initiative. 


GALA's free Academic Membership is open to universities, colleges, and degree-granting institutions. It includes full access to member benefits. The GALA Academic Membership is university-wide, which means that all staff, faculty, and students with a valid university email address are able to create user profiles and engage with the association. It provides access to resources that are vital in creating career-ready new professionals. 

Academic Members have exclusive access to global talent events including student networking, mentoring, industry meet & greets, a track at our annual conference, and more! Visit the event calendar to learn about upcoming events.

GALA's Rising Star Scholarship awards students in translation, localization, interpreting, and related programs with registration and travel expenses to attend GALA's annual Language of Business Conference.

Faculty and students are eligible to serve as volunteers with GALA and participate in special interest groups and committees. Student members are eligible to serve as in-person conference volunteers at GALA's annual Language of Business conferences and receive free registration in exchange for hours worked.