ADC INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
ADC INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
Since 1981, over 300 students have participated in the ADC Research Institute's (ADCRI) Internship Program. Students from all over the country and abroad gather at the National Office in Washington, DC, every year to gain firsthand experience and knowledge of ADC issues and campaigns.
ADCRI is the non-profit affiliate of ADC. The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee is an Arab-American civil rights organization. It was founded in 1980 to defend the rights of Americans of Arab descent against discrimination, stereotyping and hate crimes, to promote the Arab cultural heritage and to serve as a voice for the Arab American community on issues of foreign and domestic policy.
The internship program offers a variety of positions of leadership development. It educates students on issues of civil rights and the Arab heritage and current events in the Middle East, and empowers them to educate others. At the same time, students gain practical training in community organizing, research and writing, media relations, legal issues, political action and educational work, and, routine office work alongside our regular staff. The first few week of the summer program are centered on the annual ADC convention in June. Candidates must be currently enrolled in college and have completed at least one year of undergraduate study. This includes recent graduates, graduate students and law students. Individual departments have their own requirements. Interns are expected to become a regular ADC members. While the program is primarily oriented to Arab-American students, we encourage applicants of all ethnic backgrounds.
Volunteer positions for work-study or college credit are available during the academic year at the ADC National Office, and are arranged on a case-by-case basis. Internships carry a small stipend. Full-time interns receive $400/month for undergraduates and $500 for graduate students. Interns receiving course credit do not receive a stipend. During the school year, applications are considered as they are received. Work hours can be accommodated to student's class schedules.
During the summer, up to 15 internships are available at the National Office. The internships are full time positions and normally last from June 1 to July 31. There is a $750 stipend for undergraduate students, $1000 for graduate students. Those who receive course credit for the internship do not receive a stipend
We can advise interns and assist them in locating roommates and/or housing in college dormitories.
One day a week, interns visit government and congressional offices, and embassies and organizations. This introduces students to some of the policymaking institutions in the Washington area which shape issues and current events of concerns to Arab Americans. There will be opportunities to take advantage of the speakers, conferences, films 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 here and on the issues they have dealt with.