The National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations Fellowships: 2010 Washington, D.C. Summer Internship Program

Application Deadline: March 15, 2010

The National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations’ Washington, DC Summer Internship Program provides undergraduate and graduate students a professional, academic, and career opportunity internship in the Nation’s Capital. The program combines professional work experiences with a parallel two-month series of seminars. By design, the primary focus of the academic component of the program centers on a sub-region of the Arab countries, the Middle East, and the Islamic world: Arabia and the Gulf.

When: June 1 – August 6, 2010

With Whom: 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 are educational development and exchange, bimonthly and quarterly publications, humanitarian relief, public broadcasting, academic area studies, international transportation, foreign trade, and peace and justice advocacy. An additional feature of the program is site visits to public and private sector institutions such as Arab embassies, energy corporations, congressional committees, and executive branch agencies.

ABOUT: The National Council’s Summer Internship Program combines professional work experiences with a parallel two-month series of seminars conducted throughout the week either over the noon hour or in the early evening hours. Our goals are: (1) to provide interns with firsthand experience behind-the-scenes of the foreign policy analysis and advocacy process in Washington, D.C.; (2) to provide a strong academic component dealing with U.S. political, economic, and cultural relations with Arabia and the Gulf region; and (3) to introduce participants to career professionals in government, business, journalism, and NGOs as well as to highlight the wide range of career opportunities awaiting those who aspire to work in the area of U.S.-Arab relations.

COST: A $150 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 program.Internship program participants, upon successful fulfillment of the program’s academic and internship requirements, receive a $1,000 fellowship stipend.

APPLICATION: Interested undergraduate or graduate students should send a letter of interest to the National Council office by mail or e-mail. This letter should provide basic information about yourself, your interests, previous course work related to politics, economics, foreign policy, and the Middle East, and some indication of the type of internship that would most interest you. In addition, the National Council asks that you submit:

1) A double-spaced essay (no more than 2-pages in length) on the topic:

U.S.-Arab Relations: Changing Perspectives in the New Decade – 2010 and Beyond

2) A resume or curriculum vitae

3) Transcripts of all university-level work

4) Two letters or recommendation, at least one of them from a faculty member who knows your work well

5) A signed Internship Program Application [link below and available at]

6) $150 non-refundable program fee


All materials should be submitted by mail to the National Council office by March 15, 2010. Application materials may be submitted as e-mail attachments but hard copies of all documents with original signatures should also be submitted by mail or delivery service.


Chairman: Dr. John Duke Anthony, Founder and President, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations; Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University Center for Contemporary Arab Studies; and consultant to the U.S. Departments of State and Defense (since 1973 and 1974, respectively)

Director: Dr. James Winship, Vice President, Programs – National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations; National Council Malone Fellow in Arab and Islamic Studies; and former longtime Professor of International Relations and Model Arab League Student Faculty Adviser at Augustana College

Coordinator: Ms. Megan Geissler, Programs Coordinator, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations