Arab American Institute Internship

Spring Internship Opportunity

The Arab American Institute is looking for SPRING interns!

AAI offers three internships in the spring semester for Arab Americans, college students, recent graduates, and graduate students interested in public affairs, advocacy, and ethnic politics.

Internships at AAI offer hands-on experience at a non-profit in the heart of the nation’s capital. Interns will be involved in research, event management, community outreach, media relations, and government relations.

Spring 2016 placements at AAI include a communications intern, government relations intern, programs intern, and an external placement at Brookings Institute as a communications intern. A more detailed description of each position is listed below. Interns must be available to start their internship on January 11, 2016 and be able to commit to 10-12 weeks of consecutive work. Internship are eligible for college credit OR a stipend. The deadline to apply for these positions is November 27, 2015 before 5 p.m.

Applicants should email the following items to

  1. In the body of the email, please answer the following questions:
  2. Full name
  3. Date of availability
  4. Currently attending a university (if yes, what year are you in?)
  5. Date of graduation
  6. Major
  7. GPA
  8. Are you of Arab heritage?
  9. A resume and cover letter
  10. 2 references
  11. A short writing sample (750 words max) on a topic of your choice

Spring 2015 placements at the AAI offices include:

Communications Intern: 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: 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: 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.

Brooking Institute Communications Intern: 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.

Please note that the AAI internship program is very competitive. Applications will be reviewed on the basis of each applicant’s experience, education, extracurricular activities, career goals, as well as AAI’s top priorities

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