Internships at the Arab American Institute are an exciting opportunity for students and recent graduates to gain experience in policy-making, ethnic politics, and non-profit environments. During the fall and spring semesters, AAI accepts four exceptional applicants—three are placed internally in our office and one placed external at The Brookings Institution.

Spring 2019 placements at the AAI offices include:

Communications Intern (1 spot available): Supports the Communications Department with online, email, and social media communications as well as website maintenance. Responsibilities include writing, posting and formatting blogs, creating e-blasts, and assisting with press outreach.

Government Relations Intern (1 spot available): Works closely in consultation with senior staff to conduct outreach to Capitol Hill, government agencies, and coalition partners. Responsibilities include researching pertinent legislation, drafting issue briefs and policy statements, planning Congressional briefings, and assisting in the production of AAI's political publications. 

Programs Intern (1 spot available): Supports the Programs Department with logistical, programmatic and communications projects. Responsible in assisting all aspects of planning for the Gibran Gala and Generations program. Responsibilities include writing blog posts, marketing, organizational planning and logistics.

External Internships include:

Brookings Institution Communications Intern (1 spot available): This internship provides a pre-professional learning experience that offers meaningful, practical work experience related to the student’s field of study or career interest. It will provide an opportunity for career exploration and development as well as a chance to learn new skills. Intern should have interest in communications and research to apply principles and theory learned in the classroom in a professional environment. 

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, event planning, 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  

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 the institute, assisting with critical tasks that support AAI’s mission.

Depending on the position, 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 the dangers of Section 702 and surveillance, the impact of Trump’s immigration policies on American society, and profiles of Arab American immigrants and their descendents, among many others. 

Please Note:

The AAI internship program is very competitive. Interns must be available to start their internships on Monday, January 22, 2018 and commit through April 27, 2018. Applicants who are unable to fulfill these requirements will still be considered, but are not guaranteed acceptance into the program. Preference for Spring internships will be given to those who are available to work full-time. Applicants must either be U.S. citizens or permitted to work in the U.S.


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

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.)?
  • Major
  • GPA
  • Are you of Arab heritage? (we welcome all applicants!)
  • Date of graduation
  • Rank your placement choices: AAI Communications, AAI Government Relations, AAI Programs, the Brookings Institution
  • Where you learned about this opportunity
  • Your compensation choice: College credit OR monthly stipend

Application materials must be submitted by 11:59 PM EST on Monday, November 6th

Only applicants who submit a complete application will be considered. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.

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

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