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Arab Center Washington DC

Arab Center Washington DC (ACW) currently offers four internship opportunities for undergraduate students, recent college graduates, or graduate students. The internships provide students 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.
Interns will be based in Washington, DC, and will contribute to events coordination, research programs, and communication and outreach activities for ACW projects. Through this unique opportunity in the heart of Washington, DC, interns will gain professional, analytical, and organizational skills as well as exposure to the Washington, DC, think tank scene.
Internships are available in four main areas: Research and Analysis, Research and Events, Congressional Affairs, and Media and Communications. The internships are paid based on an hourly wage, subject to federal, state, and local taxes. Interns work 20 hours per week at ACW offices for an average duration of 15 weeks. Interns may apply for one of three sessions: Spring (January-April), Summer (May-August), or Fall (September-December). Please restrict your application to one of the four available internship positions.

Department of Homeland Security (USCIS - EMS)

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service’s volunteer intern program places University of Maryland interns into the Emergency Management and Safety (EMS) Branch within the Office of Security and Integrity. The mission of the EMS Branch is to provide the highest quality of emergency management, continuity of operations and government planning services to USCIS by ensuring a resilient and prepared workplace with an ability to continue government and USCIS mission-essential functions.

Continuity requirements ensure that all agency tasks can be performed during all hazards. Emergency Management focuses on the preservation of life and property by lessening the impact of future disasters. At USCIS, we prepare for these events by conducting exercises based on the fifteen national disaster scenarios, such as Hurricane, Tornado, Earthquake, Airborne Anthrax, Improvised Explosive Devices and Cyber. The exercises we conduct validate the training and planning that is done continuously throughout the year.

As such, USCIS is looking for interns that can work in an environment that touches all disciplines. Whether UMD students have a background in Accounting, Business Law, Criminal Justice, Gov’t and Politics, History, Language or another field, EMS can use their skill set and their background to better prepare the Department of Homeland Security to respond to any crisis. Interns can be expected to make policy, develop memorandums, perform training, participate in exercises, become certified by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in Continuity and gain understanding of how the federal government works.

For more information or to submit an application for consideration, please contact Robert Butler at robert.d.butler@uscis.dhs.go 

Nonprofit Leadership Program

The Walter Sondheim Jr. Maryland Nonprofit Leadership Program introduces undergraduate and graduate students attending Maryland institutions to the nonprofit sector.  Students work full-time at nonprofit organizations, gaining exposure to all of the components of these organizations, mentored by senior level administrators.  

Additionally, fellows participate in seminars, trips, and networking opportunities with leaders in the nonprofit sector.  They also work together in groups to apply the knowledge gained in the seminars and at their sites to create proposals to solve problems posed by area nonprofit organizations.  The program culminates in a celebration where the fellows present their proposals to various community stakeholders.  Fellows are paid a stipend of $3,000 for their participation in the program.

The Fellowship Has 4 Components:

Fellows are placed at a nonprofit organization full-time, 4 days a week, under the mentorship of a senior-level professional

Fellows attend an orientation and seminars to strengthen their understanding of the functions of nonprofits and examining community needs and social challenges

Fellows attend meetings, events, field trips, and networking opportunities to connect with Maryland’s leaders

Fellows work together in groups to put their knowledge and skills into practice, researching, preparing, and presenting an analysis and recommendation for a problem facing an area nonprofit

Center for International Private Enterprise

CIPE's Internship program is an opportunity to gain professional experience in international development by supporting a CIPE regional or functional team.

The positions require a minimum of 15 hours per week during the summer, unless otherwise noted, from early June to late August at CIPE's headquarters in Washington, DC; exact days and hours are negotiable. This is an unpaid internship, though a small stipend may be provided to cover transportation.


The Brookings Internship program provides an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students from diverse backgrounds to engage in career exploration and development as well as a chance to learn new skills.

The mission of the Internship program is to provide students and recent graduates with a pre-professional, meaningful and practical work experience related to the student’s field of study or career interest.  Interns may work with Brookings staff in our research areas- Economic Studies, Foreign Policy, Global Economy and Development, Governance Studies, and Metropolitan Policy.  Brookings also offers students the opportunity to intern in departments such as communications, human resources and central operations management. 

Interns will have the opportunity to attend internal meetings, local think tank events, professional development workshops, and public Brookings events as well as participate on Brookings sports teams and network with other interns throughout the Institution.

Brookings offers three types of internships- paid, academic for credit, and external sponsorship.  Internships are offered during the summer, fall and spring semesters. Internships are usually 10-12 weeks and located in Washington DC.

American Enterprise Institute

AEI internships provide students with an opportunity to work directly with some of America’s most renowned scholars, economists, political scientists, and foreign policy specialists conducting research on today’s prominent public policy questions. The Institute provides an intellectually stimulating environment, rich with critical thinking, scholarship, and lively debate.

Our internships offer opportunities on the research side of the Institute (Economics, Health Care, Poverty Studies, Foreign and Defense Policy, Education, Politics and Public Opinion, Society and Culture) as well as on the business side (Executive Office, Development, Government Relations, External Affairs, Media Relations, Video Production, Accounting, Academic Programs, and Communications).

AEI internships are available in the Fall, Spring, and Summer to experienced undergraduate students, graduate students, and recent graduates. A minimum 3.0 GPA is required; however, most successful candidates have at least a 3.5 GPA.

Middle East Institute

The Leadership Development Internship Program at the Middle East Institute is designed to provide students or recent graduates considering a career in a Middle East related field with hands-on experience at a Washington, DC-based, nonprofit organization that focuses exclusively on the Middle East. Interns obtain guidance, experience, and exposure to the Washington policy and scholarly community while developing professional skills with interns from all over the world.

Wilson Center

The Center offers a wide range of internship opportunities to current, recent, or returning college students. There are at least 80-90 interns at the Center at any given time. Availability of positions generally corresponds to the beginning of the fall, spring and summer terms. Most internships are unpaid. The Woodrow Wilson Center has two different internship programs with separate applications and deadlines. Many interns are research assistants for our visiting scholars, contributing directly to research on a wide range of projects. Other interns work in staff and program offices. Wilson Center interns have the opportunity to develop both research and professional skills, and to participate in the numerous activities and events held at the Center.

Public Leadership Internship Program

The Public Leadership Internship Program consists of an internship experience and an academic component:

Internship Experience

Through the internship experience you will gain practical work experience while developing leadership skills in your chosen area of public leadership. You will be supervised and mentored by individuals within the organization and are expected to meet the objectives outlined in your learning contract. Your internship site supervisor will complete mid-semester and final evaluations of your work.

Academic Component

For the accompanying internship course, PLCY349, you will complete monthly journal reflections and a final paper on leadership in the workplace.  Upon completion of the course, you should be able to:

  • Understand the public policy process in a professional environment.
  • Develop informed and nuanced views of leadership in professional interactions in the public sector.
  • Understand the challenges of leadership in professional situations.
  • Be able to intelligently articulate, in writing, summaries of the key factors involved in public leadership.

Maryland Internship Program

The Maryland Internship Program is designed for students looking to supplement their academic course work with real-world experience in Maryland politics. MIP places 20 to 30 highly-qualified UMD undergraduate students in internships throughout Maryland state government. These internships provide unique internship experiences for motivated and talented students to work within state government. In addition to exposing interns to the governmental process, the program provides Maryland government leaders with research and other professional staff assistance. CAPC has already received a number of internship placement requests from Maryland state and local agencies, but strongly encourages students to think about and research offices that closely match their personal interests. This helps to ensure the student and the office receive the best possible experience.

START Internships

START offers unpaid internships year round on a variety of research projects and teams. During the course of their internship, participants are exposed to the most up-to-date theories, methods and information related to the study of terrorism. They are versed in the critical questions tackled by homeland security practitioners, policy makers and researchers, and are mentored in a professional environment geared toward student success. The program is designed to prepare the next generation of homeland security scholars and practitioners through real-world research experience.

START’s internship program is open to undergraduate and graduate students (as well as some recent graduates) in any related discipline from any institution. Each internship lasts for one term. Participants work at least 10 hours/week during the fall and spring semesters and 20 hours/week during the summer. Our internships can be undertaken for academic credit, and this is highly encouraged.  Interns participate in a program of enrichment and career development opportunities. All interns are required to work onsite with their research project staff. Because interns work directly with our researchers and staff on current research projects, the internship positions vary depending on our research portfolio.

Global and Federal Fellows Programs

The Federal Fellows Program prepares talented, diverse undergraduate students to excel in professional internships and pursue careers of influence and impact, especially in the public sector. Global Fellows in Washington, D.C. prepares students with the knowledge, skills, attitudes and experience necessary to become leaders in our increasingly globalized society. Both are yearlong programs that combine a fall academic seminar taught by industry experts and a spring internship. All students have access to personal advising, workshops, special events, guest speakers, and D.C. trips regardless of program/concentration.

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