May 22 – July 28, 2023
The National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations' 2023 Washington, DC Summer Internship Program offers undergraduate and graduate students a ten-week professional, academic, and career opportunity internship with an organization in the nation's capital. The program features a demanding mix of professional involvement, intellectual challenge, career exploration, and cross-cultural encounters designed to provide students with a rich and varied experience.
Founded in 1983, the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations is an American non-profit and non-governmental organization based in Washington, D.C. The Council's mission is educational. It seeks to enhance American awareness, knowledge, and understanding of the Arab countries, the Middle East, and the Islamic world. The Council has been granted public charity status in accordance with Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
The National Council's Summer Internship Program offers professional work experiences combined with twice-weekly evening seminars that bring academic specialists and experienced foreign policy practitioners to meet with students in candid off-the-record discussions and dynamic question-and-answer sessions. Its objectives are:
As complements to the program, interns will also be exposed to Washington, D.C., in a less formal manner via films, cultural events, embassy and museum visits, off-the-record conversations with former diplomats, group dinners, and suggestions for exploring the sights and sounds of the nation's capital. This allows students to not only experience working in the city but also encourages them to appreciate the experience of living in a diverse urban environment, and to take advantage of the exciting cultural, educational, and recreational opportunities available in D.C.
The National Council intends to administer the 2023 Washington, DC Summer Internship Program with as many in-person elements as possible. At the sole discretion of the Council, some aspects of the program could be shifted to online administration. Accepted participants will be notified as soon as information is available regarding the current status of the program and its activities.
Participants in the program may be asked to submit proof of full COVID-19 vaccination if they receive an invitation to join the program. Due to the nature of some of the lectures and site visits, participants may be required to wear an acceptable face covering when requested by the National Council or others involved in the program. Participants must also agree to follow other public health-related measures that may arise to continue taking part in the program.
The program is administered by National Council professionals and staff, together with more than two dozen of America's foremost scholars and leading foreign affairs practitioners. The programs, activities, and functions represented by the organizations and corporations that provide the professional work experience component of the program are varied. Included among placements in recent years have been educational development and exchange organizations, bimonthly and quarterly publications, humanitarian relief groups, broadcasting networks, area studies centers, international transportation companies, foreign trade associations, peace and justice advocacy groups, and a variety of non-governmental organizations.
A $25 non-refundable program fee must be submitted with the application. This fee helps to defray the costs of administering the summer internship program and the accompanying seminar presentations.
Summer internship program participants, upon successful fulfillment of the program's in-person academic seminar, attendance, and other requirements, will receive a $1,000 fellowship stipend.
Interested undergraduate and graduate students, or recent graduates, are asked to submit the following materials online or via mail prior to the application deadline in order to be considered for acceptance into the Summer Internship Program:
(4) Official Transcripts and (5) Letters of Recommendation may be mailed to the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations office [National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations, Attn: Summer Internship Program, 1730 M St NW, Suite 503, Washington, DC 20036] or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special consideration will be given to applicants who have participated in the National Council's Youth Leadership Development Program / Model Arab League, but this is not a requirement for selection. Supplementary materials such as newspaper articles or writing samples that are not required or requested will not be considered during the review of applications.
Online Internship Program Application:
Application Fee Payment Page:
The National Council may review and accept applicants on a rolling basis prior to the final application deadline. All materials must be postmarked by Friday, February 24, 2023, at 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time, in order to be considered. Materials may arrive separately, such as official transcripts mailed directly by a college or university, or letters of recommendation. The applicant is responsible for ensuring that all materials are postmarked by the deadline. Supplementary materials such as published articles, non-academic certificates, or additional writing samples will NOT be considered. Late materials will NOT be considered.
Over 500 students have participated in this program to date. Some have joined the U.S. Foreign Service. Several work as staff to Members of Congress or congressional committees dealing with matters of foreign policy. Many have proceeded to graduate school to obtain their masters degrees or doctorates in international relations with an emphasis on the Arab countries, the Middle East, and the Islamic world. Some have been employed by the National Council and other non-governmental organizations. Still others have become professional foreign affairs journalists or work with influential multinational corporations. These are just a few of the opportunities that program alumni have encountered.
Chairman: Dr. John Duke Anthony, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations Founding President and CEO; Knighted by Moroccan King Muhammad VI, bestowing upon him Morocco's Highest Award for Excellence; Former U.S. Department of State Near East and North Africa Area and Country Studies Program Chairman; Former U.S. Department of State Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy and its Subcommittee on Sanctions Member; Author of numerous publications pertaining to American interests and involvement in the Arab region, the Middle East, and the Islamic world.
Coordinator: Ms. Katie Grandelli, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations Student Programs Coordinator.
An estimated cost for ten weeks of student housing in Washington, D.C., is $2,000 – $3,000, not including meals and incidentals. Detailed information can be provided to assist interns in locating reasonably priced student housing at area universities, summer sublets, or other student housing facilities. Accepted students must confirm their status with National Council staff prior to making housing arrangements.
Ms. Delaney Leslie
Ms. Hannah Norton
Phone: +1 202-293-6466
Founded in 1983, the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations is an American non-profit, non-governmental, educational organization dedicated to improving American awareness, knowledge, and understanding of the Arab countries, the Mideast, and the Islamic world.
Its means for doing so encompass but are not limited to programs for leadership development, people-to-people exchanges, lectures, publications, an annual Arab-U.S. policymakers conference, and the participation of American students and faculty in Arab world study experiences. As a public service, the National Council also serves as an information clearinghouse and participant in national, state, and local grassroots outreach to media, think tanks, and select community, civic, educational, business, and professional associations. In these ways the Council helps strengthen and expand the overall Arab-U.S. relationship.