Summer Internships - Deadline has passed!


Application deadline has passed! We are no longer accepting applications for the 2020 summer internship program. 


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 ten exceptional applicants, with three or four typically placed internally at AAI and others 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. 

Interns placed internally at AAI have the opportunity to contribute to our various community outreach and field campaigns, 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.


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 12 weeks, with flexible start and end dates depending on an applicant's availability and academic schedule.

Application opens Thursday, January 3, 2020. Applications are assessed on a rolling basis. 
 The original application deadline was  Monday, March 2, 2020
The application deadline was extended to Monday, March 9, 2020 at 11:59 ET. Interviews shortly thereafter.
Internship begins Tuesday, May 26, 2020.
Internship ends Friday, August 7, 2020.

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 9, 2020.

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