Student Resource Center

Posted on June 04, 2012 in Arab American Institute


Internship Opportunities

AAI offers internships in Washington for college students and recent graduates interested in public affairs, advocacy and ethnic politics. The program is part of the Arab American Institute Foundation (AAIF)'s commitment to youth leadership, along with scholarships and awards for public and community service. Internships at AAI offer a great opportunity to work in Washington with a respected organization representing Arab American political interests.

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For general questions about internships or other AAIF student programs, please contact Maha Elsamahi via email at or by phone at 202-429-9210.

AAIF Youth Leadership Scholarship

Helen Abbott Community Service Awards The Helen Abbott Community Service Awards honor students and student organizations whose devotion to community service, selfless acts of care, and interest in improving the quality of life for others reflect the life of the Awards’ namesake. The Helen Abbott Community Service Awards is given in two categories: (1) achievement by a college/university student and (2) achievement by a high school student. Each year the Foundation awards a maximum of two $1,000 individual prizes and one $500 grant to a high school student. Organizational community service projects include, but are not limited to: community improvement and service projects such as park clean-ups, recycling programs, volunteering in shelters, tutoring programs, food/toy drives, and ethnic/cultural outreach.
Background and Application Form (PDF) | Award Recipients

The AAI Foundation's Youth Leadership Awards honors Arab Americans 30 years old or younger for their public and community service. This year's application deadline is March 1, 2015; successful candidates will be notified during the middle of March.

For more information please email Maha Elsamahi via email at Click here to see the 2013 Helen Abbott Award winners.


AAI has compiled a list of scholarships for both Arab Americans and Arab students studying here in the United States. Click here to see what scholarships are available.


"A new generation of young Arab Americans has stepped forward to work on behalf of the Arab American community. This new energy can be seen everywhere. On college campuses, young Arab Americans have become a dynamic force in student government and local community activism."- Dr. James Zogby, Washington Watch, May 5, 1997. If you're interested in volunteering at AAI's Washington, DC office, please send an email to