2021 Internship and Summer Scholars Program Information (deadline 2/26/21)

Virtual Internship and Summer Scholars Program
Dates: May 24 – July 30, 2021
This opportunity is open to undergraduate, graduate, and recent graduates.

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.

  • Professional work experience: Interns are placed with one of over a dozen Near East and Arab region-related organizations with offices in Washington, D.C., where they are expected to work (remotely) 35-40 hours per week under the direct supervision of their host organizations.
  • Academic seminars: Interns take part in online twice-weekly seminar sessions designed to provide them with greater depth of knowledge about the Arab region, to underscore the cultural, economic, and political diversity of Arab states, and to explore the intricacies of Arab-U.S. relations. There will be a particular emphasis, though not exclusively, on Arabia and the Gulf.
  • Site visits: Interns receive a virtual behind-the-scenes look at many of the central institutions of federal government, national security policymaking, international diplomacy, and international business.

About the Program
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:

  1. to provide a realistic work experience, which at present includes remote work, in a Washington, D.C.-based office that will provide pathways for career development;
  2. to offer interns exposure to the foreign policy analysis and advocacy processes in the nation’s capital;
  3. to incorporate a strong academic component focusing on U.S. political, economic, and cultural relations with Arabia and the Gulf region;
  4. to help participants begin the process of career networking by introducing them to working professionals in government, business, journalism, and NGOs; and,
  5. to highlight the wide range of career opportunities awaiting those who aspire to work in the field of U.S.-Arab relations, as well as to provide counseling on graduate school and fellowship application processes.

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.

Application Fee
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.

The National Council’s 2021 Summer Intern and Scholars Program will be administered virtually. The rigorous, digitally-driven program and agenda provide a range of rich and exhilarating opportunities for participants.

How to Apply
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:

  1. Letter of Interest: Applicants must submit a letter where they describe why they are interested in the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations Washington, D.C. University Student Summer Internship Program and how it fits into their academic and career goals, background, experience and interest in the Arab region. Applicants should also include any other information they think is important for the selection committee to know. The Letter of Interest should be limited to one page single-spaced, or two pages double-spaced with 1 inch margins.
  2. Writing Sample: Applicants must compose a short paper on the topic “U.S.-Arab Relations: Assessing the successes and failures of American policy toward the GCC region over the last decade.” Papers must be in size 12 Times New Roman font, double-spaced with 1 inch margins, and may be no longer than three pages. Use citations where necessary.
  3. Resume: Applicants must submit a copy of their resume/CV. Most students need only one page for a resume, which should be neatly formatted.
  4. Official Transcripts: Applicants must submit official transcripts for all university-level work. Candidates may submit an additional letter explaining special circumstances that may have contributed to low (under 2.5) or inconsistent GPA or an excessive number of dropped or failed classes. All transcripts must be official. Official transcripts are those sent directly by the institution, or sealed in a separate envelope by the institution and released to the student. Some institutions facilitate electronic submission of official transcripts. Institutions may take several weeks to process transcript requests, so please plan ahead.
  5. Letters of Recommendation: Applicants must submit two (2) sealed letters of recommendation, or have the recommender mail them directly, from faculty members or others who know their academic work well. Letters can be mailed to the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations office or emailed to internshipprogram@ncusar.org. Emailed letters of recommendation must come directly from the faculty member’s or other recommender’s institutional email account, or they may be rejected.
  6. Application Fee: Applicants must submit payment for the application fee online in the amount of $25.00. This fee must be paid in order for an individual’s application to be considered. Online payment is available at: https://ncusar.org/modelarableague/payment-portal/.
  7. An Internship Program Application available at: http://bit.ly/2021-ncusar-intern-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 internshipprogram@ncusar.org.

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 FINAL APPLICATION DEADLINE is Friday, February 26, 2021.

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.