Each intern receives a monthly living stipend to cover expenses in Cairo. Though interns are responsible for their own airfare between their hometown and Cairo, they will receive a settling-in allowance upon arrival. The first monthly payment is at the end of September 2015, and the last payment is at the end of June 2016. The stipend will not be taxable in the United States, provided the intern remains outside the United States for 330 consecutive days or more.
Interns live in faculty housing apartments in New Cairo, about a 10-minute walk from AUC, shuttle buses also run regularly between housing and the University. The cost of housing, utilities and basic maintenance is covered by the annual budget of each intern's office. Interns share apartments with one or two other interns, however each will have his or her own bedroom. To learn more about faculty housing, click here.
Arabic Language Study
Interns receive several hours per week of individual Arabic tutoring through AUC's School of Continuing Education. Interns also have the option of taking another course offered by the University in lieu of the Arabic course (though interns will need to coordinate with their respective offices in order to ensure that a course schedule does not conflict with work commitments). Arabic tutoring hours are scheduled around the intern's work schedule. Additionally, interns may sign up for a student language partner.
Interns are entitled to 15 vacation/sick days, in addition to at least 15 days of official University holiday times (some official dates may fall on weekends). Interns are also allowed extra vacation days during the week between Christmas and New Year's Day.
AUC Facilities and Services
Interns have full access to the AUC Library, Sports Center and the AUC bus system. The bus system runs between the New Cairo campus and faculty housing, Zamalek, AUC Tahrir Square, Maadi, Dokki and Mohandiseen.
Monthly Educational Seminar Series
Interns may initiate special seminars with prominent individuals from the public and private sectors, as well as AUC professors and specialists, to facilitate further academic discussion on various political, cultural and social aspects of Egypt and the Middle East. In the past, interns have attended seminar luncheons with former Foreign Affairs Minister Nabil Fahmy, the mission director of USAID in Egypt and foreign service officers at the U.S. Embassy in Egypt.
Travel and Sightseeing Opportunities
The program has a fund for excursions for interns so that they may explore Cairo and other parts of Egypt throughout the year. The destination and nature of the excursions will be determined by the interests of the interns and in discussion with the manager of the program, who will organize the excursions based on the travel budget for that year. In previous years, interns have participated in guided tours of the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, a day trip to Alexandria and events at the Cairo Opera House.
Interns are also invited to join the new faculty members on a number of subsidized trips around Cairo and Egypt that are organized through the Faculty Services Committee. Past trips included a guided tour of the Giza pyramids and a weekend at the Red Sea. Interns are welcome to participate in events organized and subsidized by the Office of International Students and Study Abroad as well, which include trips like a five-day cruise on the Nile to Luxor and Aswan.
Interns must have an insurance policy that will cover medications, analysis, testing and hospitalization, and have the option of subscribing to subsidized medical insurance through AUC or purchasing or retaining their own insurance plans. Basic medical examination care is provided through the AUC clinic.