Internship Program: Developing Skills, Developing Leadership

The Arab American Cultural Center (ArabAmCC)’s internship program aims to contribute to the academic and professional growth of interns by providing training and mentorship in office management, events planning, professional engagement, cultural competency (including gaining greater knowledge about Arab and Muslim and Arab and Muslim American communities), public speaking, and specific project skills. Interns will receive a $400 stipend per semester. Interns can also receive academic credit. Internships in good standing can lead to future employment opportunity with the ArabAmCC in future semesters.

Learning Outcomes

  • Grow your skills in public speaking, outreach strategies, event planning and implementing, meeting preparation, mobilizing strategies, and dialogue and negotiation.
  • Expand your ability to work as part of a team to achieve specific goals.
  • Grow your knowledge of and fluency in Arab/Muslim and Arab/Muslim American communities and the issues impacting their lives here and globally.
  • Expand critical thinking and problem-solving capacities.

Structure and Requirements

  • Interns will be assigned a supervisor from ArabAmCC staff who will oversee their work and evaluate their progress.
  • Interns are expected to work remotely 8-10 hours per week for 13 weeks per semester.
  • Interns may focus on particular projects but will also be participating in other aspects of the center’s life and programming to grow their knowledge and skills in center logistics and events planning.
  • Interns can sign up for academic credit for this internship. Those interested can arrange it through their college. The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences offers several opportunities for students (with at least one semester with student grades completed) to earn academic credit such as LAS 289; more info here: https://career.las.uic.edu/internship-program/earning-academic-credit/