The Presidential Internship Program begins with an orientation that is scheduled for late August 2015. The first day of work will coincide with the first day of classes in early September. Each intern will undergo an evaluation by his or her supervisor in late December in order to determine whether his or her employment contract will continue throughout the year.
Interns follow the administrative rather than the academic schedule. The work week is Sunday through Thursday, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Some positions require other schedules or overtime and weekend work during times of heavy activity. Interns interested in enrolling in Arabic or another course through the University must coordinate with their respective office.
The offices currently available for the 2016 - 2017 program are:
Office of the President
Office of the Executive Vice President for Administration and Finance
Office of Advancement and Communications - Communications
Office of Advancement and Communications - Advancement
Office of Student Development
Office of Data Analytics and Institutional Research (DAIR)
Office of Sustainability
Research Institute for a Sustainable Environment (RISE)
The Office of the President coordinates between various members of the University community, liaises with the Board of Trustees, plans and executes many major University events, and plays a representational role for AUC. Within this context, the intern works closely with the president, the chief of staff and other members of the office. Major responsibilities and projects with which the intern is involved include:
- Planning and executing winter and spring commencements
- Preparing for the annual Board of Trustees meeting in Cairo
- Event planning and execution with the director of university events
- Serving on special committees and task forces
- Updating and maintaining the Office of the President and Presidential Internship websites
- Research projects for the president
- Overall coordination of the Presidential Internship Program and Presidential Interns
In general, there are two aspects of the intern's work experience: working with the chief of staff on the Office of the President's events and general affairs, and taking on special assignments from the president. Throughout the year, the intern attends high-level meetings, works with numerous offices across the University and engages in self-directed research and other projects.
Job requirements: Applicants must have excellent writing, research and organizational skills; be able to meet deadlines consistently, even on short notice; be able to balance multiple important projects at once; and be able to work both individually on certain tasks and on a team with several other people. An interest in institutional management, event planning and/or the challenges facing higher education is an asset. Experience in web design or computer science is not necessary for the position, as website updates go through a content management system in which the intern will be trained.
The Office of the Executive Vice President (EVP) for Administration and Finance ensures that the processes and business practices are in place to support decision-making, policy development, institutional planning and financial management. The EVP's portfolio includes finance, human resources, information technology, facilities and support services, and all departments in the finance area. The intern is involved in:
Tracking, mapping and managing change and risk across many departments
Preparing for and participating in Board of Trustee meetings, events and decisions
Reviewing and enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of services provided
Research and long-term strategic planning
Project management, especially between multiple EVP direct reports
Analysis and creation of existing and proposed policies
The position provides exposure to all aspects of the business and finance operations of a large and important institution, and allows the intern to work with a wide variety of University professionals and student leaders to make a valuable impact on the University's operations.
Job requirements: Applicants must have excellent writing, research and organizational skills, and be able to work with a diverse group of colleagues in a wide range of areas. An interest in the administrative and financial management of a large institution such as a university, in addition to a background in economics, is beneficial.
The Office of Advancement and Communications serves as a conduit between AUC and the public. As such, the intern in communications assists in maintaining and enhancing the branding and positioning of AUC’s image. The intern's duties include:
- Researching and attending University events
- Writing articles for AUC's daily newsletter, News@AUC
- Researching, interviewing for and writing longer articles for AUCToday (AUC's biannual magazine)
- Sending out News@AUC each day to all members of AUC (using basic web design software)
- Taking photos and conducting interviews around campus for articles
One aspect of the internship to note is that the Office of Communications intern is one of three writers for all communications publications. This translates to a fairly heavy workload and management of many projects at once.
Job requirements: The intern should be adept in conducting interviews with students, faculty or staff, be able to write well and be experienced in conducting research. The intern must be able to deal effectively and diplomatically with the public and have a talent for organizing and coordinating several projects at once, each with pressing deadlines. Excellent writing skills are required; Internet savvy, knowledge of social media, some photography and videography experience, and knowledge of web design software are highly desirable.
The Office of Advancement and Communications is also the fundraising arm of AUC, building relationships with various constituencies by engaging and involving donors and prospective donors in investing in the future of the University. The intern in institutional advancement works closely with the vice president of advancement and communications on a variety of duties and projects, which include:
- Researching prospects, corporations and foundations
- Drafting stewardship reports and concept papers
- Preparing remarks and briefings
- Acting as a liaison with faculty members, students on scholarship and fellowship recipients
- Conducting interviews with scholarship and fellowship recipients
- Tracking progress against the office's strategic goals and objectives
- Supporting volunteer outreach and responding to inquiries from donors
- Working to strengthen the Presidential Internship Program's alumni network
Job requirements: Applicants must have excellent writing skills, a confident and engaging personality, and the ability to work either on a team or independently. A commitment to the highest standards of customer service and respect for the confidentiality of information are required. Knowledge of web design and social media is a plus.
The Office of Student Development (OSD) is responsible for supervising all student organizations at the University and distributing the student activities budget. The intern works closely not only with administrators including the director and assistant director, but also with the leaders of AUC’s student government, clubs and organizations. Intern responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Coordinating with various University offices to manage the logistics of events hosted by student organizations
- Meeting with student leaders to discuss concerns related to their organizations
- Working with student leaders to develop long-term goals for their organization
- Drafting and editing communications to be sent out to the AUC student body
While the intern position in the OSD is new this year, the 2015 - 2016 intern is assisting in the supervision of AUC’s graduate student clubs, assisting in the coordination of student elections and facilitating efforts to revise the Graduate Student Governance and Activities Bylaws. The internship is an excellent opportunity to become involved in student life at the University.
Job requirements: Applicants must have a desire to engage closely with students and the ability to work either independently or on a team under pressing deadlines. The intern must be able to communicate confidently and diplomatically with both students and administrators. Strong writing, research and interpersonal skills are a must. Previous event planning experience is highly desirable. An interest in student affairs and/or administration in higher education is also preferred.
The Office of Data Analytics and Institutional Research (DAIR) is responsible for a number of different functions including accreditation, assessment, planning, research and data analysis. The objective is to promote effective institutional decision making and timely reporting to U.S. and Egyptian government and accreditation bodies. The position will support the overall goal of the organization toward achieving formal re-accreditation with the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). The intern’s roles and responsibilities include:
- Researching, analyzing and reporting about data for assigned projects
- Fact finding, developing surveys and benchmarking for peer-comparisons with other universities
- Coordinating accreditation group meetings and evaluation visits
- Maintaining the accreditation website and research inventories
- Editing and writing reports related to the accreditation groups and self-study report
The intern will work closely with the chair of the accreditation committee, the DAIR executive director, members of the DAIR team and an accreditation committee comprised of organizational staff. The position is a unique opportunity to acquire specialized skills and experience in a field with high demand and far-reaching applications.
Job requirements: Applicants must have excellent writing, research and organizational skills as well as the ability to work under pressure, meet deadlines and balance multiple simultaneous projects. Familiarity with a liberal arts, American-style university, as well as experience with quality assurance, accreditation and ranking knowledge is a plus. Further experience with statistical analysis, predictive analytics and associated tools is beneficial. The ability to maintain confidentiality, and proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint is required.
Note: This position is new for the 2016 - 2017 application cycle.
The Office of Sustainability is responsible for meeting the environmental challenges facing AUC (e.g. climate change, resource scarcity, pollution and waste management) and doing so in ways that improve the University's operations and strengthen its finances. The office portfolio consists of a semi-annual Carbon Footprint Report, energy reduction programs, water consumption reduction and management, waste management, lecture series and raising campus awareness of environmental concerns affecting AUC and Egypt. The intern's tasks include:
• Research for annual reports and programs
• Data collection and analysis
• Participation in sustainability working groups and task forces
• Drafting information papers
• Organizing Office of Sustainability events
• Presentations and panel discussions
• outreach and communication with University offices, such as facilities
• and operations, and constituents, including faculty, staff and student
• environmental clubs.
Job requirements: Applicants should have strong analytical, research and writing skills, as well as an interest in sustainability. Experience with Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint is a plus. This position is an excellent opportunity to help promote sustainability in a region strongly impacted by climate change and resource scarcity, as well as to learn about the inner workings of a major university.
RISE (formerly the Desert Development Center) is a nonprofit research and training center that aims to develop environmental sustainability at AUC and throughout Egypt. RISE's mission is fulfilled through adaptive and applied research, smallholder agricultural training, farming services and community awareness projects.
Job responsibilities generally revolve around RISE projects that fit the intern's skills and goals. You can visit the RISE website for more information on current projects. Specific tasks may include:
- Editing research project proposals and reports
- Preparing and implementing RISE projects
- Participating in practical, on-campus sustainability research
- Acting as a liaison between the RISE and the AUC community, which includes
- Drafting emails, updating social media accounts and editing the RISE webpage
- Working with the intern in the Office of Sustainability to raise campus awareness on environmental issues for the Sustainable Campus Committee, particularly during Earth Week
- Planning and leading youth and community education programs, including coordination of Adopt-a-Plot and Living Learning Laboratory projects, among others
The intern also has opportunities to visit the research center in Sadat City and conduct fieldwork in communities in the Nile Delta and the desert.
Job requirements: Applicants should have experience conducting research, the ability to multitask, excellent writing and organizational skills, and a willingness to get their hands dirty from time to time. A background in development studies and environmental science or biology is useful and previous fieldwork experience is a plus, though not required.