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Posted by Tess Waggoner on January 09, 2020 in Blog

Applications for the 2020 Helen Abbott Community Service Awards are now live!

Eligible high school and college students are encouraged to apply for the Arab American Institute Foundation's scholarship, which is awarded annually to students who demonstrate commitment to community service and pride in their Arab heritage. 

Click here to learn more and access the 2020 application form. Applications will close on March 1, 2020. 

Want to learn more about the Helen Abbott awards? Scroll through below to get answers to our Frequently Asked Questions:

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Summer Internships: Deadline has passed!

Posted on July 17, 2019 in Internships

  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...

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Posted on August 23, 2018 in Opportunities

Apply to our regional internships!

Posted by Arab American Institute on March 20, 2018 in Blog




Deadline: April 9, 2018, with rolling applications

Position: Yalla Vote Student Intern in California

About AAI: Established in 1985 and based in Washington, DC, the Arab American Institute (AAI) is a non-profit, nonpartisan national leadership organization. AAI was created to nurture and encourage the direct participation of Arab Americans in political and civic life in the United States. AAI represents the policy and community interests of Arab Americans throughout the United States and strives to promote Arab American participation in the U.S. electoral system. We strive to serve as a central resource to...

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First impressions of an AAI summer intern

Posted by Guest on June 16, 2017 in Blog

By Kai Wiggins

Washington, DC is a city full of policy wonks and amateur meteorologists. The average conversation here vacillates between some recent development in national politics or the fact that it is hot, and will continue to be hot, in our nation’s capital. And while talking politics might prove contentious, the DC summer weather is a nonpartisan issue.

As someone unsure about the road ahead, I find comfort in the inevitable swelter. I say this as a person who has never dealt well with heat, but...

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Helen Abbott: Individual Agent for Change

Posted by Guest on February 16, 2017 in Blog

By Samantha Leathley Individual acts of charity and excellence are what truly lead to lasting change. Helen Abbott, a humanitarian and philanthropist who arrived in Florida’s Fort Pierce Lincoln Park Community in 1989 is a moving example of this truth.  Florida is rarely highlighted in Americans’ perceptions as a nexus of racial injustice. However, as the state’s status as a tourist destination grew following the Civil War, housing segregation targeting African Americans was rigorously enforced, as a key component of larger efforts to...

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Meet Our Interns

Posted on February 05, 2016 in Internships

2018 Summer Interns

Jena Al-Barzinji is a recent graduate of the University of Virginia, where she majored in Middle Eastern Studies and Economics. She wrote an honors thesis analyzing how current representations of Muslim and Arab characters in television arise from and extend a long genealogy of demeaning, stereotypical portrayals within the broader contexts of Islamophobia in the West. Jena is a second generation Arab American and she is deeply passionate about research topics such as Arab American identity. While at UVA, she studied Arabic for four years and...

Organizing for Arab American Professional Excellence

Posted by Rawan Elbaba on October 09, 2015 in Blog
Arab Americans are an integral part of America's growth and success with individuals from the community leading in a range of professional fields from science and medicine, to engineering and architecture and beyond. The Arab American Association of Engineers and Architects (AAAEA) is one of the many professional organizations in the United States that mobilizes Arab American professionals in their respected fields. AAAEA is dedicated to helping professionals and students in the fields of engineering, architecture and computer science network with one another via various social, technical and educational events. In an interview, Maher Abdel-qader, a co-founder and current President of the Tri-state area chapter of AAAEA, spoke about their mission, how they organize their members around issues that are important to Arab Americans and the organization’s annual gala.
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Farewell to our Summer 2015 Interns

Posted by Yasmin Hussein on August 14, 2015 in Blog
As the summer comes to an end, so does another chapter of phenomenal interns with us here at AAI. From the beginning of June to mid-August, our summer interns have worked tirelessly in the areas of government relations, research, communications and programming. From attending hearings on Capitol Hill, assisting in organizing briefings and touring government landmarks like the Department of State and White House; our interns got hands on experience on the ins and outs of Washington, DC.
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Looking for a Job in Politics?

Posted on May 21, 2015 in #YallaVote

Are you ready to start or advance your career in American political life?

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