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NIAC Now Accepting Applications for Internships and Fellowships

Source: National Iranian American Council (NIAC), Washington, DC

NIAC Internships

NIAC now accepts applications for full-time and part-time Spring interns to operate out of NIAC's Washington, DC office with a general starting date of late-January/early-February. Spring semester internships typically last for 10-12 weeks. NIAC will assist in helping interns get school credit, but positions are unpaid.

The deadline for Spring 2012 applications is December 21, 2011, though applications will be reviewed and considered as they are received.


NIAC seeks dynamic undergraduate/graduate students and recent graduates, preferably studying international relations, political science, government, or public policy. Excellent written and spoken communication skills, a highly organized approach to work, and proficiency in the use of computers are essential. Interns with a working knowledge of Persian may also translate news and information coming out of Iran for our blog,


Interns work in conjunction with NIAC staff in Washington, DC, on NIAC's programs, including monitoring Congressional activities, researching legislation, and drafting analyses and action alerts on issues related to immigration, civil rights, and foreign policy. Responsibilities also include covering Congressional hearings and policy conferences and writing reports for NIAC's website. Interns work on various NIAC civic education projects and collaborate closely with Iranian-American organizations across the country. Interns assist with program implementation, database management, community outreach, event planning, logistical support for staff activities, and other administrative duties.

To apply:

Please email resume, cover letter, writing sample, and the names and phone numbers of two references (professional or academic) to

NIAC is an Equal Opportunity Employer

NIAC Fellowships

NIAC is pleased to announce its seventh annual Public Service Fellowship and the second annual Sarafan-Ghorbani Fellowship. These fellowships are the first and only initiatives designed to grant Iranian-American students the opportunity to learn first-hand how the U.S. government works by interning on Capitol Hill. The experience will be enhanced through invitations to seminars, panel discussions, and opportunities to explore the DC treasures and culture with the NIAC staff.

Fellowship Program Details

The fellows will receive financial support as well as assistance finding internships with Congressional offices during the months of June through August. The application process and deadlines are the same for both the Public Service Fellowships and Sarafan-Ghorbani Fellowships (January 6, 2012). The only difference is the funding source.

Public Service Fellowship

The Public Service Fellowship is made possible by the generous support of the Parsa Community Foundation and is divided into two categories - Senior Fellow and Fellow. The two Senior Fellows will receive a summer stipend of $3,000. The two Fellows will receive a summer stipend of $1,000.

Sarafan-Ghorbani Fellowship

The Sarafan-Ghorbani Fellowship is made possible by the generous support of former NIAC Fellow, Lily Sarafan. The two Fellows will receive a summer stipend of $1,000.

Eligibility Requirements

College sophomores, juniors, seniors, recent graduates who are U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents of Iranian descent are eligible to apply.

For further information and to apply, please visit NIAC's website.

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