National Council Internship Opportunities
The National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations' Washington, DC Summer Internship Program offers undergraduate and graduate students a ten-week professional, academic, and career opportunity internship in the Nation's Capital. The program features an energizing and demanding mix of professional involvement, intellectual challenge, career exploration, and cultural encounter designed to provide interns with a rich and varied experience during their time in Washington.
- Professional workplace experience: Interns are placed with one of over a dozen Near East and Arab world related organizations in Washington, D.C., where they are expected to work 35-40 hours/week under the direct supervision of their host organizations.
- Academic seminars: Interns take part in twice weekly seminar sessions designed to provide them with greater depth of knowledge about the Arab world, to underscore the cultural, economic, and political diversity of Arab states, and to explore the intricacies of Arab-U.S. relations.
- Site visits: Interns are offered a behind-the-scenes look at many of the central institutions of federal government, national security policymaking, international diplomacy, and international business.
Sponsorship: The program is administered by National Council professionals and staff, together with more than two dozen of America's foremost scholars and leading foreign affairs practitioners. The programs, activities, and functions represented by the organizations and corporations that provide the professional work experience component of the program are varied. Included among placements in recent years have been educational development and exchange organizations, bimonthly and quarterly publications, humanitarian relief groups, broadcasting networks, area studies centers, international transportation companies, foreign trade associations, peace and justice advocacy groups, and a variety of non-governmental organizations.
Program Dates: June 3 - August 9, 2013
Application Deadline: March 1, 2013
Cost: Internships are unpaid. Internship program participants, upon successful fulfillment of the program’s academic and internship requirements, receive a $1,000 fellowship stipend.
- 2011 Summer Internship Program Recap from Council Chronicle (.pdf)
- Pictures from the 2011 Summer Internship Program
- "On Becoming a Marshall Scholar," NextGen Journal, December 23, 2011 (about 2011 Intern Program Participant Zach Smith)
- 2010 Summer Internship Program Recap from Council Chronicle (.pdf)
- Pictures from the 2010 Summer Internship Program
- 2009 Summer Internship Program Recap from Council Chronicle (.pdf)
- 2009 Summer Internship Program Schedule (.pdf)
Local Universities Offering Summer Housing:
The National Council offers internships at the Council’s Washington, DC office during the academic year (fall-spring). Please note:
- Academic year internships are unpaid;
- Interns must work a minimum of 15 hours per week (9:30 am – 5:30 pm, Monday - Friday); and
- Certain events may require intern attendance outside regularly scheduled hours.
Applications for academic year internships are accepted on a rolling basis. To apply, please submit the application form below along with a cover letter, resume, and a brief writing sample detailing what you hope to gain from an internship with the National Council.
Applications for an academic year internship with the National Council should be submitted to:
Ms. Megan Geissler
National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations
1730 M St NW, Suite 503
Washington, DC 20036