About:

Qatar-America Institute’s Internship Program accepts qualified university undergraduate students with an interest in the US-Qatar relationship to become a part of our team in Washington, D.C.

QAI’s internship program will cultivate interns with valuable administrative, research, and professional skills necessary to succeed in a career in the government or private sector. We will work with each intern to assess their professional and academic interests to achieve the best possible internship experience at QAI.

We consider our interns to be full and equal members of the team here at QAI. Interns will be assigned important responsibilities and duties during the program; and as such, QAI considers interns vital colleagues. We value a spirit of collegiality, good humor, and teamwork; and while our mission is important and our work seriously, our team is supportive, dynamic, and fun!

Hear from one of our interns, Rana Mohamed, on her experience at QAI:

“An internship allows you to turn classroom knowledge into practical experience. An internship with QAI is innovative allowing you to carve your own path by working across departments, researching current topics that intersect with the blockade’s impact, and surround you with top officials at the multitude of events put on by the institute and in the D.C. area. Besides the welcoming and supportive staff, this experience allowed me to meet Elizabeth Warren, attend D.C. think tank events, uncover the intersects between the 2022 World Cup and the blockade in the face of the international community, and learn about professionalizing media reports and blog posts.  Day to day was flexible, I was able to seek out the projects that interested me and work alongside the director, fellow, or manager spearheading it, and I was able to network and increase my own knowledge. QAI’s small, but mighty staff will challenge you, but create a feeling of home that will progress your critical thinking abilities and prepare you for the workforce.” 

 

Intern Position Summary:

Interns will be assigned to a specific QAI program, which will serve as the focus for their primary research and writing responsibilities. Each program is overseen by a Fellow, who will supervise assignments and assists interns in their program with professional development and mentorship.

All interns are responsible for supporting a variety of day-to-day operations at QAI, including, but not limited to: academic research and writing, social media outreach, website updates, event management, office management, and more. Interns will report directly to the Intern Supervisor, with Program Fellows serving as supplemental supervisors and mentors.

Start Date: Mid-August or later, per candidate availability

End Date: Early December

Application Deadline: N/A; candidates may apply throughout the semester

To Apply:

Please send a resume, cover letter, design/media (optional), and writing samples, to opportunities@qataramerica.org with the subject line “Last Name_Internship_QatarAmerica.”

 

*Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

 

 

National Security & Defense Internship:

Work with Program Fellow on National Security and Defense research, writing, and program development

Assist with production and execution of Program events

Attend meetings and help staff guests and visiting officials and delegations

Educate American public on the US-Qatar strategic defense partnership, Al-Udeid Air Base, and US counterterrorism operations out of Qatar

 

Communications Internship:

Work with Communications team on QAI communications development

Help expand QAI’s social media presence on Instagram, Twitter, and elsewhere.

Produce materials to present on QAI’s website in the form of reports, blog posts, etc.

Work with Director of External Relations to grow media presence – both online and traditional – to gain local, national and international attention.

 

Culture and Sports Internship:

Work with Program Fellow on Culture and Sports research, writing, and program development

Assist with production and execution of Program events

Attend meetings and help staff guests and visiting officials and delegations

Educate American public on Qatari culture and sports, including FIFA 2022 World Cup

 

Finance and Economy Internship:

Work with Program Fellow on Finance and Economy research, writing, and program development

Assist with production and execution of Program events

Attend meetings and help staff guests and visiting officials and delegations

Educate American public on Qatar’s anti-terrorism and illicit finance regime, and US-Qatar trade relationship

 

Energy Internship:

Work with Program Fellow on Energy research, writing, and program development

Assist with production and execution of Program events

Attend meetings and help staff guests and visiting officials and delegations

Educate American public on Qatar’s natural resources industry and technology, and the US-Qatar energy relationship

 

Education Internship:

Work with Program Fellow on Education research, writing, and program development

Assist with production and execution of Program events

Attend meetings and help staff guests and visiting officials and delegations

Educate American public on US universities in Qatar and Qatari global educational initiatives

 

Essential Functions and Responsibilities of All Interns:

Research

Interns will be responsible for a wide range of duties at QAI. We are an education-focused institution, and research is an essential part of our mission. Interns will research and produce written work on issues of geopolitical, economic, social, cultural, and strategic importance to the U.S.-Qatar relationship.

QAI will work with interns to tailor their research and writing assignments to areas of interest. However, interns may occasionally be asked to step outside of their comfort zone to explore and investigate issues with which they may not be familiar. QAI believes in a dynamic approach to education, and our interns will research a broad array of subject matter relating to the United States and Qatar.

 

Operational/Administrative Duties

Interns will assist QAI with operational duties like greeting visitors, answer the phones, signing for packages, and helping to maintain the office. Administrative duties may include data processing, assisting our administrative office with office logistics, and day-to-day tasks to keep the Institute efficiently run.

 

Events

QAI hosts and organizes exciting, unique events that are attended by lawmakers, diplomats, and other notable functionaries. Our events are critically important, as they represent QAI to the community and help serve our mission of promoting education of the U.S.-Qatar relationship.

These events will be a prime opportunity for interns to network with Washington’s international affairs and foreign policy community, and we highly encourage social engagement. Interns will help prepare, setup, staff, takedown, and clean up after events at our D.C. headquarters. These events take place throughout the week, and many times after 5:30 PM. Interns, as well as staff, are expected to assist with all or most events, regardless of when they are scheduled.

 

Intern Supervisor

Interns will report directly to the designated Intern Supervisor for: schedule, assignments, responsibilities, grievances, leaves of absence, and other work issues. The Intern Supervisor is responsible for assigning interns tasks, evaluating their performance, and accommodating scheduling requests on a case-by-case basis.

If an intern feels uncomfortable or unable to communicate an issue to his/her Intern Supervisor for any reason, interns may communicate the issue with the Executive-Director or Director of Programs.

 

Schedule

Interns are expected to report for work to QAI’s office at 9:30 AM on each day that they are assigned to work. Typically, interns are expected to leave the office at the regular closing time of 5:30 PM, although exceptions can be made via a request to Intern Supervisor. Interns work 3-4 days per week, and do not work on Fridays unless there is a special event. Additionally, interns are expected to help set up and staff events that begin after 5:30 PM, and should stay until the end of the event or until dismissed by their supervisor.

 

Requirements:

Interns are expected to report for work to QAI’s office at 9:30 AM on each day that they are assigned to work. Typically, interns are expected to leave the office at the regular closing time of 5:30 PM, although exceptions can be made via a request to Intern Supervisor. Interns work 3-4 days per week, and do not work on Fridays unless there is a special event. Additionally, interns are expected to help set up and staff events that begin after 5:30 PM, and should stay until the end of the event or until dismissed by their supervisor.

 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Dedication, punctuality, and work ethic befitting a professional work environment

Excellent writing and research work skills demonstrated by a submitted writing sample

An interest in the US-Qatar relationship, Middle East issues, strategic communications, or other QAI program (culture, education, finance, national security, sports, etc.)

Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint

Some fluency in Arabic preferred but not required

 

Experience

University writing and research body of work with an ‘A’ grade or equivalent

Experience working in a multi-cultural environment

1-2 years studying or working in relevant area of focus to QAI mission/programs

 

Education

Enrollment in accredited university or college bachelor’s degree program in Middle Eastern studies, political science, communications, journalism, education, or other related fields