Washington.- The American Hellenic Institute Foundation (AHIF) is now accepting applications for the AHIF Internship Program for the summer of 2009. The internship gives Greek American students an opportunity to live and work in Washington, DC. Designed for undergraduate and graduate students interested in U.S. politics, foreign policy and American government, the internship can serve as a great way to introduce and jump start their career in politics, journalism, lobbying, government, or the nonprofit sector.
Currently there are internships available in several congressional offices, one position in each of the Embassies of Greece and Cyprus, and multiple internships at AHIF. All internships are unsalaried. Where available, opportunities for college credit may also be arranged through their respective universities.
We have summer internship positions with Representatives Zack Space (D-OH), John Sarbanes (D-MD), Niki Tsongas (D-MA), and Dina Titus (D-NV), and a fall internship with Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME). The duration of the summer internship varies depending on each position and runs between the end of May to the end of August.
All interns are expected to work a standard eight-hour work day. Internship responsibilities usually include monitoring congressional hearings, performing data entry, answering constituent mail, researching legislative issues, and performing other administrative duties. Internships that take place during the school year will fill the duration of one semester, and summer internships generally last 6 to 8 weeks.
Embassies of Greece and Cyprus
The intern for the Embassy of Greece can either be a Greek American or Greek national; however, he/she must be a graduate student. The summer internship lasts from the end of May till the end of July. The preferred majors/areas of interest are: international relations, political science, journalism, public diplomacy, strategic studies and political campaigning. The Embassy of Cyprus requires interns to be Cypriot nationals. The internships last from the end of May till the end of July.
AHIF offers internships throughout the year. Summer internships are 35 hours per week while 12-15 hours per week for the academic year. The internship is unsalaried. Interns will participate in a variety of activities such as monitoring legislation and congressional hearings, liaison with Congressional offices, conduct research on issues affecting U.S.-Greece-Cyprus relations and write memoranda, press releases and draft letters to the media and members of House and Senate. The work will also include routine office chores.
“Through this internship program our young Greek Americans will have a greater exposure to the policy-making process in our nation’s capitol and increase their understanding of the importance of civic participation and public service,” said Gene Rossides, AHIF president.
For further information, e-mail Yola Pakhchanian at firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional information you may refer to our Web site at www.ahiworld.org.