May 24 – July 30, 2021
The National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations' 2021 Internship and Summer Scholars Program offers undergraduate and graduate students a ten-week professional, academic, and career opportunity internship with an organization from 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.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to the pandemic, the National Council's 2021 Internship and Summer Scholars Program will be administered virtually.
The National Council's Summer Internship Program offers professional work experiences combined with twice-weekly online evening seminars that bring academic experts and experienced foreign policy practitioners to meet with the interns in candid off-the-record discussions and dynamic question-and-answer sessions. Its objectives are:
In the event that work experience opportunities are limited, select students may be invited to join the summer program with an academically-oriented project replacing the workplace internship experience.
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.
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 [email protected].
Special consideration will be given to applicants who have participated in the National Council's Youth Leadership Development / Model Arab League Program, 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 26, 2021, 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 400 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, Founding President and CEO, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations; Member, U.S. Department of State Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy Subcommittee on Sanctions; and consultant to the U.S. Departments of State and Defense (since 1973 and 1974, respectively).
Coordinator: Ms. Katie Grandelli, Student Programs Coordinator, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations.
Ms. Katie Grandelli
Email: [email protected]
Phone: +1 202-293-6466