Presidential Associates Program

Established in 1981 and formerly known as the Presidential Internship Program, the Presidential Associates Program (rebranded October 2018) at The American University in Cairo (AUC) provides recent university graduates who are American citizens or permanent residents the opportunity to work at the highest levels of an international university, experience life in Cairo, and learn Arabic.

Associates spend one year working at AUC. Each associate fulfills a full-time position in an AUC office or department that aligns with their professional and academic interests. Through their work, associates gain substantive skills and professional experience that will contribute to the AUC community and their own professional development. Past associates have utilized the knowledge and networks that they develop during the program to progress their careers and pursue opportunities, including in the fields of government, higher education, academia, journalism, and law.

Associates also study Arabic through AUC’s School of Continuing Education, benefit from faculty privileges such as faculty housing, dining and library access, and enjoy AUC-sponsored trips to discover the culture and history of Cairo, Egypt and the Middle East.  

Some benefits you will enjoy as a presidential associate are:

  • A rent-free, fully furnished apartment in AUC faculty housing with utilities included
  • Settling-in allowance upon arrival in Cairo
  • Monthly stipend for living expenses
  • Health insurance and access to the AUC clinic
  • Access to the AUC Library, sports center, and an extensive bus system
  • Professional development and monthly seminars
  • 60 hours of private Arabic tutoring per semester
  • Funding for travel in and around Cairo and Egypt
  • Organized trips around Cairo and Egypt with faculty services and the Office of Student Life
  • Tuition waiver for continued graduate studies at AUC upon acceptance to a graduate degree program and meeting of necessary prerequisites
  • Opportunities for service and volunteering
  • Vacation and sick days in addition to official AUC holidays

To view the 2018-2019 program brochure, click here.
The 2019-2020 program brochure will be available on December 1, 2018.

To contact us with any further questions, please email us at

We are also active on social media and would love to hear from you on our instagram (@aucpresidentialassociates) or our Facebook page (The American University in Cairo Presidential Associates Program).

Follow our blog for regular updates on our lives in Egypt!