The Presidential Internship Program begins with an orientation that is scheduled for late August 2018. The first day of work will coincide with the first day of classes in early September. Each intern will undergo an evaluation by their supervisor in late December in order to evaluate their work.
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.
Applicants please note that more positions may be added to this list.
The offices currently available for the 2018 - 2019 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 the Dean of Students
Office of Sustainability
Research Institute for a Sustainable Environment (RISE)
Office of the Provost
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, AVP for University Affairs and Chief of Staff and other members of the office. Major responsibilities and projects with which the intern is involved include:
- Research projects for the president
- Formal correspondence and speech writing
- Editing, reviewing, compiling briefing materials
- Generating and maintaining content for the Office of the President website
- Serving on special committees and task forces
- Preparing for the annual Board of Trustees meeting in Cairo
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. In general, the intern provides administrative support in writing assignments and taking on special assignments from the president.
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, coordinating high profile events and guests 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.
Office of the Executive Vice President for Administration and Finance
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 human resources, special projects, safety and security, all departments in the finance area, and campus services, which in itself includes athletics, food services, residential life and more. The intern is involved in:
- Research and long-term strategic planning
- Project management, especially between multiple EVP direct reports
- Analysis and creation of existing and proposed policies
- Tracking, mapping and managing change and risk across many departments
- Preparing for Board of Trustee meetings and events
- Reviewing and enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of services provided
The position provides exposure to all aspects of the administrative business and financial operations of a large 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 weekly newsletter, News@AUC, and for AUC's website
- Researching, interviewing and writing feature-length pieces for AUCToday (AUC's biannual magazine)
- Managing the AUC Today webpage, including publishing AUC Today stories, photo galleries and extra content
- Sending out the Daily Bulletin each day and News@AUC each week to all members of AUC (using basic web design software)
- Taking photos and conducting interviews around campus for articles
- Helping create marketing brochures, campaigns and content
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, AP style, Mailchimp, Wordpress, 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 and with the senior officer of donor relations on a variety of duties and projects, which include:
- Editing and compiling stewardship reports
- Managing orientations and photo shoots for beneficiaries
- Preparing remarks and briefings
- Event planning: compiling invitee lists, compiling guest bios, registration, updating information on the office’s database, post-event de-briefing
- Acting as a liaison with faculty members and students who are scholarship and fellowship recipients
- Conducting research as requested
- Tracking progress against the office's strategic goals and objectives
- Working to strengthen the Presidential Internship Program's alumni network
- Project-based work as assigned by the VP of Advancement and Communications. Past projects have included planning for AUC’s Centennial and researching best practices for fundraising and donor relations
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 graphic design is a plus.
The Office of the Dean of Students is a recently established hub for holistic student success. It creates opportunities for student growth in the areas of leadership, community service, multicultural competence, and identity development. It also attempts to build a cadre of student leaders that provide guidance, direction and support for their peers and contribute to the AUC student experience. The Office of the Dean of Students consists of individual unit offices of student engagement, international student life, well-being, student orientation, diversity and advocacy. The Dean of Student's intern will report directly to the dean, providing expertise from the intern's familiarity with the U.S. university culture and norms. A non-exhaustive list of responsibilities follows:
- Collaborating in the development of pre-departure orientation sessions for students from AUC who plan to study abroad in the United States
- Planning support for major events, such as commencement and orientations of new students to AUC
- Assistance with development of Dean of Students website
- Development of benchmarking and evaluation instruments to gauge Dean of Students impact on student life
- Analysis of data related to activities conducted by unit offices
- Updating the Office of Advancement and Communications with news on current happenings in Dean of Students office
- Collaborating in policy writing for the various offices within the Dean of Students area
- Overseeing the work-study students of the office
- Serving on the Conduct Committee
In addition, the Dean of Students intern serves as a liaison between the Dean of Students and the Office of the President.
Job requirements: Applicants must have excellent oral and written English; an interest in working with databases and spreadsheets. Excellent communication skills are required. Prior experience with event planning is preferred.
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 biennial 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
- Campus 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, community-based natural resource management, and community awareness projects.
The RISE Presidential Intern reports directly to the RISE Director. 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:
- Working with RISE researchers in the implementation of existing RISE projects
- Editing research project proposals and reports
- 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
The intern also has opportunities to visit and conduct fieldwork in communities in Cairo, the Nile Valley and Delta, and the Western 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
Job Description: The Office of the Provost is the office responsible for overseeing the academic area of the University. As such, the office communicates with all constituencies at the university to varying degrees. The Office is also responsible for key academic events, such as commencement; overseeing long-term strategic priorities to the academic arena; and developing and reviewing policies and procedures related to the academic area. The intern works closely with the provost, the director of community standards and the other members of the office. Major responsibilities and projects with which the intern is involved include:
- Assisting with planning and executing the University’s commencement ceremonies
- Event planning and execution in conjunction with other members of the Office of the Provost or other members of the academic area, as appropriate.
- Assist in preparing post-event assessment reports for major events
- Serving on special committees and task forces
- Follow up on the re-design and development of the university-wide research website
- Oversee the migration of the schools’ webpages to a new platform
- Research and write reports
- Other tasks or projects as assigned
The intern assigned to the Office of the Provost will have the opportunity to work with many offices across the university, gain experience in organizing large-scale events, and gain an understanding of strategic planning and priorities.
Job requirements: Applicants must have excellent writing, research and organizational skills; be able to consistently meet deadlines, even on short notice; be able to multi-task; and be able to work both individually and as a member of a team. An interest in institutional management and/or event planning 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.