Research Internship at The American University of Beirut
The Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at The American University of Beirut is "an independent, research-based, policy oriented institute. It aims to initiate and develop policy-relevant research in and about the Arab region."
IFI accepts internship applications from university students from around the world. Interns are independent students who are motivated in making contributions towards public policy and international affairs in the Middle East. No knowledge of Arabic is required, though preference may be given to students who have previous language experience.
There are two types of internship programs: Communications and Program Internships. Program Internships are offered in a range of topics. Inters work a minimum of 20 hours per week, but more depending on the research supervisor. All interns have access to the AUB campus, AUB library, and AUB's internet connections. Upon successful completion of the research internship, students will receive a certificate.
Applications from students who intend to study away in the fall 2021 semester on an approved program that offers courses related to the summer research internship at AUB IFI (e.g., Middle East studies) are given preference. Students should note in their personal statement to what fall program they intend to apply and how the summer experience relates to courses and/or experiences related to that program. Examples of fall semester pairings with AUB IFI summer research internship include: AUB Exchange Program, SOAS London (through Arcadia or IFSA), AMIDEAST programs, American University of Cairo, programs in Jordan (Middelbury, SIT or CET).
After participation in the program, students are required to:
- Complete an evaluation of the experience for Amherst College.
- Submit a letter of appreciation to the donors.
- Organize an event with the Global Education Office about the experience/program/location.
Please note the following:
- Students traveling to countries with a U.S. State Department Travel Advisory Level 3 must petition the college to travel on college-sponsored trips to that country and complete the Special Acknowledgement of Risk form (which includes a parent signature).
- Fellowships are for first-years, sophomores, and juniors only and all participants must be undergraduates for the duration of their program.
- Students selected for this fellowship must submit additional documentation (e.g., passport photos, a copy of the passport page, and other information) as required by AUB. Students must be formally accepted by AUB in order to use the fellowship.
- It is possible that these awards will be taxable to the recipient(s) if s/he is a U.S. citizen, but the college is not required to report this payment and you should check with your tax accountant to see if taxes apply to your situation.
- Students applying to the Shoyu Club Japanese language study fellowship (which has a separate application) are not permitted to submit an application for any of these funds.
- Recipients are chosen by the faculty Committee on Global Education.
Applications must be completed online and are due March 22, 2021. The travel petition, waiver and special acknowledgement of risk form for Lebanon and a complete budget (template at top of this page) are to be uploaded to your online application. Students may find the AUB Cost of Living Sheet helpful in learning more about AUB and also understanding expenses in Beirut.