Since 1981, over 500 students have participated in the intern program of the ADC Research Institute (ADCRI). Students from all over the country gather at the national office in Washington, DC, each year to gain first-hand experience and knowledge about ADC issues and campaigns.
The intern program offers a variety of positions for leadership development. It educates students on issues of civil rights, the Arab heritage, and current events in the Middle East. It empowers them to educate others. Students gain practical training in community organizing, media relations, research and writing, legal issues, political action, educational outreach, and routine office work alongside our regular professional staff. The first few weeks of the summer program are centered on the annual ADC Convention in June.
Candidates must have completed at least one (1) year of college. They can be undergraduates, recent graduates, or graduate and law students. Each department has their own requirements.
Interns must be or become regular ADC members. Student memberships are available at discounted rates.
While the program is primarily oriented to Arab American students, we encourage applicants of all ethnic backgrounds. Occasionally, international students are part of the intern program. Such students must arrange on their own to acquire U.S. visas that authorize employment in the U.S. ADC cannot make these arrangements. They may be available through university programs or organizations such as the Council on International Educational Exchange (www.ciee.org).
During the summer, up to 15 internships are available at the national office. The 11 week internships are full-time positions. We are asking interns to start as early in May as possible after the school ends.
Positions are available with the legal, organizing, media and publications, and government relations departments, as well as with the offices of the ADC President.
Housing: We can advise interns about searching for housing and assist them in locating other interns who are seeking roommates.
Educational program: During the duration of the summer internship program, interns visit government and congressional offices, embassies, and other organizations. This introduces student to some of the policy-making institutions in the Washington area, which shape issues and events of concern to Arab Americans. There will be opportunities to take advantage of some of the speakers, films, conferences, and cultural programs in Washington which address Arab world issues. Each year interns write and publish Intern Perspectives, in which they reflect on their experiences at ADC and on the issues they have dealt with.
Applications for Summer internships with the Legal Department are due by March 15. Later applications will be considered, but early applicants will be given priority.
Volunteer positions for course credit are available during the academic year and are arranged on a case-by-case basis. The deadline for applications are August 2 for Fall, and November 15 for Spring. Legal Department deadlines for application are: August 29 for Fall, December 30 for Spring.
For other departments, applications are considered as they are received. Work hours can be accommodated to student class schedules.
Mail completed applications to:
1990 M Street, NW Suite 610
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: (202) 244-2990