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Summer Internship Program: International Affairs

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Program Includes:

  • International Affairs Internship in Washington DC (4 days per week)
  • Seminar in American Foreign Policy (3 credits)
  • Optional Research Project on the topic of your choosing (3 credits)
  • Faculty hold academic appointments in the School of International Service
  • Housing with American University or you can make your own independent housing arrangements

The Program in International Affairs  

There's no better place to study international affairs than Washington DC. Through the seminar, you'll meet with decision makers and experts in international relations, from professionals at the State and Defense Department to members of Congress, think tanks, embassies, and international organizations. This will provide you with a comprehensive look into the world of foreign policy - examining emerging issues on the world stage from the heart of Washington DC. Access to these professionals will be even greater if you choose to do a research project using the many primary sources in Washington. This in-depth study of international affairs is completed by an internship that will allow you to gain practical knowledge and exposure to the world of foreign policy.

The Internship in International Affairs

We have a large database of internationally-focused internships available only to Summer Internship Program participants. Your internship will allow you to build your résumé, provide you with real-world experience that will distinguish you from the competition, and help open doors to the career you've always wanted.

Sample of our Internships:

  • American Foreign Service Association
  • Embassy of France
  • Human Rights Watch
  • Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
  • Amnesty International
  • Embassy of Afghanistan
  • Asia America Initiative
  • Office of Int'l Security Operations, U.S. Dep't of State
  • U.S. International Fund for Agricultural Development
  • Brookings Institute
  • Center for U.S. Global Engagement
  • House Committee on Foreign Affairs
  • Refugees International
  • Embassy of Mexico
  • Trans-Africa Forum
  • Office of U.S. Senator Ron Wyden
  • Association for Diplomatic Studies & Training
  • The Atlantic Council of the United States
  • Hudson Institute for Future Security Strategies
  • Institute for Policy Studies
  • United Nations Environmental Program
  • American-Israeli Public Affairs Committee
  • Al-Jazeera International
  • Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney
  • U.S. Department of Defense
  • The Fund for Peace

The Seminar in Economics & International Affairs

In addition to your internship, you'll participate in a seminar in American Foreign Policy. This interactive 3-credit seminar gives you the opportunity to discuss critical foreign policy issues with experts in the field. These guest speakers provide you with excellent insights into the field of international affairs.

Sample Seminar Topics:

  • Schools of Thought on U.S. Foreign Policy
  • The Role of Nongovernmental Players: Think Tanks, Lobbyists, and Journalists
  • The Role of Congress in the Shaping of U.S. Foreign Policy
  • The Role of the Executive Branch in the Formulation and Implementation of U.S. Foreign Policy
  • Redefining National Security--Global Challenges for U.S. Foreign Policy: Terror, Environmental Degradation, and Economic Development
  • U.S. Relations with Russia and the New Europe
  • Challenges for U.S. Foreign Policy in the Pacific Rim: Japan, the Korean Peninsula, the People's Republic of China, and Taiwan
  • Challenges for U.S. Foreign Policy in South and Central Asia: India, Pakistan, Kashmir, and Afghanistan
  • Challenges for U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East: Rouge Regimes, Weapons of Mass Destruction, and the Prospects for Lasting Regional Peace
  • Challenges for U.S. Foreign Policy in Latin America: Democratic Stability, Drug Traffic, and Hemispheric Free Trade
  • Challenges for U.S. Foreign Policy in Africa: Political Stability, Humanitarian Crises, and Sustainable Development

The Research Project in International Affairs (Optional)

If there is any topic that you are passionate about and would like to explore in-depth, the research project is your chance. You'll go out into the field and conduct first-hand research by interviewing professionals in the field. Not only will you have access to these individuals, but you will be able to discuss critical issues with them in a one-on-one setting. Your choice should reflect what you're passionate about and encourage critical thinking to help you become a specialist in your field.