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The Presidential Internship Program


The Program

Established in 1981, the Presidential Internship Program at The American University in Cairo (AUC) provides recent American university graduates with the opportunity to work at the highest levels of an international university, experience life in Cairo and learn Arabic. 
Selected individuals spend one academic year working at AUC, studying Arabic and partaking in the rich intellectual and cultural life of both the University and Cairo. Each intern fulfills a full-time position in one of seven offices, aligned with their academic and professional interests, where they develop the substantive skills and experience needed to make tangible contributions to the AUC community. Interns have utilized the skills, knowledge and networks that they develop during the program to go on to pursue a variety of meaningful opportunities and careers, including in the fields of government, academia, journalism and law. Learn more about our alumni here.
Additionally, interns have the opportunity to study Arabic through AUC’s School of Continuing Education. Interns also benefit from faculty privileges, such as housing and library privileges, and enjoy AUC-sponsored opportunities to discover the culture and history of Cairo, Egypt and the Middle East.

Please note that the Presidential Internship Program is only open to undergraduate seniors graduating during the 2013 - 2014 academic year (December 2013 through June 2014).  
About the University

The American University in Cairo is the only University in Egypt that provides an American form of higher education. English is the language of instruction, and the curriculum emphasizes liberal arts. Approximately 90 percent of AUC’s 5,000 degree-seeking students is Egyptian, while the remainder comes from elsewhere in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Europe and North America. In addition to BA, BS, LLM, MS, MBA and MPA programs, AUC has 30,000 students in adult education programs and 10,000 students benefiting from in-service training, primarily in management and engineering. It also operates various applied research centers, including the Social Research Center and the Desert Development Center.

In September 2008, AUC relocated to a state-of-the-art campus in New Cairo, a planned community about an hour east of AUC’s Tahrir Square location. This new site provides AUC with three times more space for teaching, research and recreation.
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