American University in Cairo - Presidential Internship Program

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National Deadline: January 22, 2016
Official Website and Application


The American University in Cairo is a private university which has served a unique and important function in Cairo since its founding in 1919. The language of instruction is English, and the curriculum emphasizes the liberal arts. 90% of AUC's students are Egyptian; the rest come from elsewhere in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, and North America.

The Award

Established in 1981, the Presidential Internship Program provides recent university graduates the opportunity to work at the highest levels of an international university, to learn Arabic and to experience life in Cairo - the bustling, vibrant center of Middle Eastern culture. For one academic year, selected individual interns work in one of seven offices at AUC that are aligned with their academic and professional interests.

Positions are available in the following offices this year 2016-2017:
Office of the President
Office of the Executive Vice President for Administration and Finance
Office of Institutional Advancement
Office of Sustainability
Office of Communications
Research Institute for a Sustainable Environment (RISE) (formerly known as the Desert Development Center)

In previous years, positions also were available in these offices: Communication and Marketing, Law Department, Provost, Performing and Visual Arts Department, Social Research Center, Gerhart Center for Philanthropy and Civic Engagement, Vice President for Planning and Administration.


AUC Presidential Interns are provided with the following:

  • Stipends are paid over ten months. (Interns will be responsible for their own travel arrangements between their hometown and Cairo, but will be provided a Settling-in allowance upon arrival in Cairo.)
  • Arabic Language Study – classes / tutorials tailored to suit the needs of the student
  • Housing in AUC faculty apartments
  • Basic medical examination care through the AUC clinic
  • Travel Opportunities - monthly excursions to explore Cairo and other parts of Egypt
  • Monthly Educational Lecture Seminar Series - opportunity to initiate special seminars with prominent individuals from business, government and society, and AUC professors
  • Transportation form Cairo International Airport to their apartments. Interns ride AUC buses for free.
  • 15 vacation/sick days in addition to 15 days of official university holiday time


In order to apply for the AUC program, you must be a U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident, and a graduating senior (co-terminal students are eligible) at Stanford University at the time of application.

Candidates from a variety of educational backgrounds are invited to apply.

The Application

An application consists of the following:

  • A cover letter addressed to the Intern Selection Committee including an explanation of the skills and experiences that qualify the applicant for one or (at most) two offices. The job descriptions listed in the “Available Offices” webpage will allow applicants to determine where their qualifications best align with the needs of the university. (500 words limit)
  • A personal statement, (500 word limit), explaining the applicant's interest in the Presidential Internship Program and describing any special skills, talents, or experiences that qualify the candidate for the internship position and that enable the candidate to contribute to the AUC community as a whole. The applicant should also discuss his or her special interest and/or prior experience in Egypt and the Middle East, if applicable.
  • An updated résumé.
  • Two letters of recommendation from faculty members, administrators, or work supervisors submitted directly by endorsers to by Friday, January 22, 2016.

Selection Process and Notification

AUC will notify short-listed candidates by email to schedule a Skype interview in mid to late February.

Final selections are made by the appropriate administrator in Cairo in consultation with the AUC President's Office. As a rule of thumb, screening panels look at the student's previous academic work, extracurricular activities, and the quality of their essay and references.  Final notification will be given by March 1st.

Although there is no Stanford campus process for this award, interested students should contact the ORC for a copy of the application and for guidance on the application process as well as review the AUC website for details.

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