The National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations' Internship and Summer Scholars Program offers undergraduate and graduate students a ten-week professional, academic, and career opportunity internship with an organization from the nation's capital. The program features a demanding mix of professional involvement, intellectual challenge, career exploration, and cross-cultural encounters designed to provide students with a rich and varied experience.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to the pandemic, the National Council's 2021 Internship and Summer Scholars Program will be administered virtually.
- Professional work experience: Interns are placed with one of over a dozen Near East and Arab region-related organizations with offices in Washington, D.C., where they are expected to work 35-40 hours per week under the direct supervision of their host organizations. Internships are unpaid.
- Academic seminars: Interns take part in twice-weekly seminar sessions designed to provide them with greater depth of knowledge about the Arab region, to underscore the cultural, economic, and political diversity of Arab states, and to explore the intricacies of Arab-U.S. relations. There will be a particular emphasis, though not exclusively, on Arabia and the Gulf.
- Site visits: Interns receive 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: May 24 - July 30, 2021
Application Deadline: All materials must be postmarked by Friday, February 26, 2021.
- Pictures from the 2017 Summer Internship Program
- Findley Fellows Remarks at 2017 Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference
- Pictures from the 2016 Summer Internship Program
- Findley Fellows Remarks at 2016 Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference
- Pictures from the 2015 Summer Internship Program
- Findley Fellows Remarks at 2015 Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference
- Pictures from the 2014 Summer Internship Program
- Pictures from the 2014 Summer Intern Model Arab League
- "Julian Weiss ’15 helps organizations distribute Syrian aid through mapping," Gettysburg College News, September 8, 2014
- Findley Fellows Remarks at 2014 Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference
- 2013 Summer Internship Program Recap
- Pictures from the 2013 Summer Internship Program
- "Interns With Aspirations," Georgetown University Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, August 5, 2013
- 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)
The National Council also offers internship opportunities in the Council’s Washington, DC office during the academic year (fall – spring). Learn more here.