Summer Internships- Apply Now!

Internships at the Arab American Institute provide an exciting opportunity for undergraduate, masters, and law students or recent graduates to gain experience in civil rights advocacy, public policy, and civic engagement. Each summer, AAI accepts 10 exceptional applicants—four are placed internally at AAI and six are placed externally at partner organizations in Washington, D.C.

About our Summer Internship Program:

Previous external interns have been placed at advocacy organizations like No One Left Behind, Muslim Advocates, 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. All external interns work closely with AAI and participate in our summer programming despite their placement. 

Interns placed internally at AAI have the opportunity to work in-depth on a number of relevant policy issues and develop important skills that aid in long-term professional development such as project management, event planning, policy analysis, 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 

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

Depending on the position, interns can expect to work on a variety of assignments, including long-term research projects, policy analysis and legislative advocacy, and assisting with community outreach events.

What are the benefits of being an AAI Intern?

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, the 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:

The Summer Internship Program typically runs for 10 weeks, with flexible start and end dates depending on an applicant's availability and academic schedule.

Application opens Friday, January 25, 2019.
Application closes Monday, March 18, 2019 at 11:59 PM ET. Interviews shortly thereafter.
Internship begins Tuesday, May 28, 2019.
Internship ends Friday, August 2, 2019.

How to apply:

Applications can be made using the application form below.

Questions about applying? Please send an email to

Application materials must be submitted by 11:59 PM EST on Monday, March 18, 2019.

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