Arab Center Washington DC (ACW) offers internship opportunities for undergraduate students, graduate students, or recent graduates. Interns will have the opportunity to contribute to this unique growing think tank and learn through events and research activities related to the Arab world and US foreign policy in the Middle East.

General overview:

  • All ACW internship positions are paid an hourly wage. Interns may work 5-20 hours a week, depending on their availability and on organizational needs.
  • Each intern will be assigned to work directly with a specific (in some cases two) research fellow or staff member in one of four positions: (1) Congressional Affairs Intern, (2) Editing Intern, (3) Research Intern, or (4) Multimedia Intern.
  • Each applicant will be considered for all four positions. Positions will be assigned based on candidate interests and experience, and organizational needs. Candidates who are interested in particular position(s) can reflect this interest in their cover letter.

 What our interns typically gain:

  • Research methods, data gathering, and analysis techniques.
  • Writing skills and editing of written work.
  • Skills in preparing and writing policy analysis papers and congressional reports.
  • Understanding of the nature and scope of work of a think tank and of the 3 branches of government including any activity related to Middle East policy such as meetings, letters, orders, bills, hearings, etc.
  • Access, exposure, and connections to the DC think tank scene and US government.
  • Experience and information in the fields of US Middle East policy and US-Arab relations.

 Eligibility requirements:

  • Currently enrolled graduate or undergraduate student, or recent graduate.
  • Degree, or a demonstrated interest, in a relevant field (e.g., Middle East studies, political science, international affairs, international law, US foreign policy, or similar fields).
  • Working knowledge and familiarity with computer and data applications (e.g., MS Excel) and internet research tools.
  • Previous experience in writing and research desirable.
  • Experience and skills directly related to a particular position are also desirable (such as: editing and fact-checking experience; familiarity with 3 branches of government; experience editing images or videos, creating infographics, or writing captions for social media.)
  • English fluency is required; proficiency in Arabic or another regional language a plus.
  • Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States for the entire duration of the internship.
  • ACW currently has a hybrid work setting. Applicants must be able to work from the ACW office 2-3 days per week for the duration of the internship.

 How to apply:

Please carefully review the eligibility requirements, then send the items listed below to with the semester and year in the subject line e.g. “Summer 2022 Internship”

  1. A cover letter explaining your motivation to apply, interest in the position, and relevant skills.
  2. Your resume (or curriculum vitae).
  3. One writing sample (we will accept work samples in lieu of a writing sample from candidates only interested in a media internship).

 Please note:

  • If you are interested in more than one position, please only apply once and indicate your interests in your cover letter.
  • Applications that do not include all three items listed above will not be considered.
  • Applications submitted outside the application period for each semester will not be considered (see dates below).
  • Only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

Internship Dates and Recruiting Schedule


Application period* 

Offers sent out 

Internship dates 

Spring October 1-November 10 Mid-December January – April
Summer February 1-28 (or 29) Early April May – August
Fall June 1-30 Early August September – December

*Due to the large number of emails received, submissions received outside the application period for each semester will not be considered.

ACW is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all applicants and employees without regard to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, national origin, religion, or any other group protected by federal, state, or local law.

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