Applications due by Monday, March 12, 2018 at 11:59 PM EST

The Arab American Institute Foundation’s Summer Internship Program is an exciting opportunity for students and recent graduates to gain experience in policy-making, ethnic politics, and non-profit environments.

About Our Summer Internship Program

Every summer, AAIF selects 10 remarkable individuals to intern at AAI and a number of D.C.-based organizations. Three applicants are placed internally at AAI and seven are placed externally at other organizations in Washington that AAI regularly partners with on shared work.

Previous interns have been placed at advocacy groups like No One Left Behind and the Truman National Security Project, think tanks like The Brookings Institution, Congressional offices and government agencies, and at political parties – both the Democratic and Republican National Committees. Interns remain and work in close contact with AAI even while they are placed at other organizations. 

AAI interns are placed depending on their strengths, skills, preferences, and professional goals. Each placement is made with the intern’s growth in mind.

How do AAI interns make a difference?

An internship with AAI offers students and young professionals a chance to dive into the world of DC politics and domestic and foreign policy. Interns contribute substantially to the work of their placements, assisting with critical tasks that support the missions of the various organizations they are placed at.

Depending on the placement, interns can expect to work on a variety of projects including updating issue briefs, developing white papers, and assisting with community outreach events.

All AAI interns regularly blog for AAI’s website. Past interns have written on a variety of topics including entrepreneurship in Ramallah, the history of Arab Refugees in the US, the US refugee vetting process, among many others. 

What are the benefits of being an AAI Intern?

While at AAI, interns have the opportunity to work in-depth on a number of relevant policy issues and an exciting chance to work on developing important skills that aid in long-term professional development such as program development, project management, and research and writing.

Applicants can expect to develop experience in several of the following areas:

  • Program and Policy Development
  • Government Relations
  • Community Mobilization
  • Communications and Media Outreach
  • Event Planning

Summer interns participate a brown bag lunch series held every Friday throughout the summer. One of the most valuable parts of our summer program, interns connect with Arab American professionals and issue experts that provide invaluable analysis, relationships, access, and professional advice. Past speakers have come from some of DC’s most respected institutions and represented a variety of backgrounds including the U.S. Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, American Civil Liberties Union, Al Jazeera, and the National Immigration Law Center.

One of the many goals of an AAI internship is to expose emerging young professional to the variety of experiences that living and working in DC offers. With DC acting as a host for many organizations, news bureaus, and embassies, AAI has interns attend events and conferences throughout the city to get a greater understanding of policy development and create lasting connections with peers and mentors in the sector. Interns are also expected to participate in many of AAI’s organizational events that occur throughout their time here such as AAI networking events and our annual Iftar.


Interns receive either college credit OR a stipend of up to $1,000 per month.

AAI does not provide sponsorship. AAI is an equal opportunity employer.

Applicants must either be U.S. citizens or permitted to work in the U.S.

Key dates to remember

AAI Summer Internship program typically runs for 10 weeks, with flexible start and end dates depending on an applicant’s availability and school schedule.

  • Application opens December 18, 2017
  • Application closes Monday, March 12, 2018 at 11:59 PM EST. Interviews to be held shortly after.
  • Internship begins Monday, May 21, 2018
  • Internship ends Friday, August 3, 2018 

How to apply:

 Applicants should email the following items to

  • Resume (1 page)
  • Cover letter
  • Contact information for 2 references (professional and academic only), noting your relationship
  • A short writing sample that is on a relevant topic of your choice (Max. 1,000 words)
  • In the body of the email, answer the following questions:
    • Full name
    • Dates of availability
    • Are you currently attending a university? If yes, what year are you in (i.e. Sophomore, Junior, etc.)?
    • Date of graduation
    • Major
    • GPA
    • Are you of Arab heritage? (we welcome all applicants!)
    • Rank your placement choices: AAI Communications, AAI Government Relations, AAI Programs, Advocacy Group, Government or Congressional Office, Think Tank, Middle East Issues/Foreign Policy
    • Where you learned about this opportunity
    • Your compensation choice: College credit OR monthly stipend

What past interns have had to say

  •  “This was an overall exceptional experience for me… it gave me the opportunity to experience what working in a non-profit organization is like, especially within an issue that I care so much about. I’m beyond grateful for this incredible opportunity to live and work in DC this summer.”
  •  “I felt like I was doing meaningful work instead of busywork and coffee runs that a lot of interns have to do.”
  • ““The brown bags and congressional briefings have been an amazing way to learn about the various issues AAI works on and better understand how to combat them via activism and advocacy platforms.”
  • “I was able to build upon a wide set of skills that are invaluable to any career. Getting to formulate opinions and discuss real political issues through blog-writing was a thrill and an instrumental experience. The internship, overall, was the excellent exposure to an arena of politics that I needed.”