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  • The Internship Program

    MPAC interns are presented with exciting opportunities to do real work and complete substantive assignments with personal guidance and hands-on training

    Advocating Nationally

    Our internships are located in our Washington, DC and Los Angeles offices. The internship program allows you to work on issues on a national scale, such as immigration, national security, human security, and religious freedom. Every internship will focus on supporting MPAC's mission to improve public understanding and policies that impact American Muslims by engaging our government, media, and communities.

    Timeline

    Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until:

     

    Fall (September - December): Apply by July 15th
    Spring (January - May): Apply by November 15th
    Summer (May - August): Apply by April 1st

     

    Internships are for a minimum of 10 weeks for 10 hours a week during the Fall and Spring and 30 hours during the Summer.

  • Internship Benefits

    Opportunities to discuss substantive issues and career paths with experts in government, media, academia, non-profits, and the private sector

    Workshops to build skills such as research and writing, networking, resume and cover letter writing, media training, and writing news articles and op-eds

    Access to events at MPAC and other organizations to foster your understanding of current topics and expand your professional network

    Access to a network of MPAC alumni who work in a wide variety of fields around the country

    Free attendance for DC summer interns in our annual Government & Policy Summit

  • Internship Positions

    1

    Policy & Advocacy

    2

    Digital

    3

    Communications & Marketing

    4

    Development

  • Policy & Advocacy

    Based in the MPAC Washington D.C. office, you will develop leadership, communication, and critical and analysis skills in a dynamic and exciting work environment through hands-on experience in policy making, opinion-shaping, and public policy advocacy. You will work collaboratively with the team to develop policy positions through policy monitoring research and assessment and assist with external advocacy efforts and outreach. You will attend conferences, congressional hearings and meetings, academic lectures, and other events that come up during your time with MPAC.

     

    Roles and Responsibilities

    • Research and write news briefs and policy briefs
    • Develop and implement advocacy plans as they relate to government agencies, Congress, and the private sector
    • Attend conferences, congressional hearings and meetings, academic lectures, etc. 
    • Organize and implement community engagement project
    • Support staff in other policy and advocacy projects as they arise

    Qualifications

    • Strong research and writing skills, particularly on policy and legislative issues

    • Familiarity with federal policymaking and legislative processes
    • Interest in public affairs advocacy as it relates to American Muslims and social justice

    Required Application Materials

    • Resume
    • Cover Letter
    • Writing Sample
    • References

    Development

    Based in the MPAC LA office, you will get to work with the Major Gifts Officer and Development Coordinator and learn how fundraising and donor engagement works in the non-profit world. You will get the opportunity to refine your skills in writing, campaign management, analytics and even marketing. Merge your skills and passion for social justice and learn how a national non-profit runs. You will be in a space where you are encouraged to share ideas and give your input in the planning of various projects alongside other fellow interns as well.

     

    Roles and Responsibilities

    • Writing and editing emails
    • Planning and managing small to large marketing and fundraising campaigns
    • Working creatively with data analytics

    Qualifications

    • Strong writing skills
    • Experience working with Google Sheets or Microsoft Word
    • Ability to learn and apply different methods to problem solving
    • Attention to detail, self-learner, self-starter and strong initiative
    • Eager to work on projects from conception to execution to reporting
    • Adobe Photoshop or Indesign experience is helpful

    Required Application Materials

    • Resume
    • Cover Letter
    • Writing Sample

    Communications & Marketing​

    Based in the MPAC LA office, you will experience an exciting opportunity to refine your skills in writing, campaign management, analytics, and marketing. You'll be able to merge your creativity and passion for social justice to make a difference in the policies and perceptions affecting American Muslims and other communities. You will be in a space where you are encouraged to share ideas and give your input in the planning of various projects.

     

    Roles and Responsibilities

    • Writing and editing emails and blogs
    • Planning and managing small to large marketing and fundraising campaigns
    • Working creatively with data analytics

    Qualifications

    • Strong writing skills
    • Experience working with Google Sheetings or Microsoft Word
    • Passionate about creative storytelling, problem-solving and asking great questions
    • Attention to detail, self-learner, self-starter and strong initiative
    • Eager to work on projects from conception to execution to reporting
    • Adobe Photoshop or Indesign experience is helpful

    Required Application Materials

    • Resume
    • Cover Letter
    • 2 Writing Samples

    Digital

    Based in the MPAC LA office and DC office, you will experience an exciting opportunity to refine your skills in digital storytelling through graphic design and/or video production. Merge your creativity and passion for social justice to make a difference in the policies and perceptions affecting American Muslims and other communities. You will be in a space where you are encouraged to share ideas and give your input in the planning of various projects.

     

    Roles and Responsibilities

     

    Creating graphics and/or short form video content to support programs, campaigns, and events.

     

    Qualifications

    • Strong grasp of different social media platforms (e.g. Facebook, Instagram, etc) 
    • Experience recording on DSLRs 
    • Passionate about creative storytelling, problem-solving and asking great questions
    • Attention to detail, self-learner, and strong initiative
    • Eager to work on projects from conception to execution to reporting

    Required Application Materials

    • Resume
    • Cover Letter
    • Creative Project/Portfolio
  • How to Apply

    Submission

    Individuals who meet all of the above requirements and qualifications may apply by submitting the following materials to internships@mpac.org.

     

    Policy & Advocacy Internship

      • Cover Letter
      • Resume 
      • Writing Sample (max. 5 pages)
      • References (contact information only, no letters)
      Digital Internship
      • Cover Letter
      • Resume
      • Creative Project/Portfolio
      Communications & Marketing Internship
      • Resume
      • Cover Letter
      • 2 Writing Samples
      Development Internship
      • Resume
      • Cover Letter
      • Writing Sample
      • References
       
      Please make sure to specify in your cover letter which position and location you are applying for as well as your dates of availability. Format the email's subject according to the following model: "Fall DC Policy Intern Application"
       
      Please note, due to the large volume of applicants, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Interested applicants from all academic backgrounds are encouraged to apply; however, preference will be given to those applicants with superior research, writing, organizational, and word-processing skills.

        Timeline

        Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until:

         

        Fall (September - December): Apply by September 8

        Spring (January - May): Apply by November 1

        Summer (May - August): Apply by May 1

         

        Internships are for a minimum of 10 weeks for 10 hours a week during the Fall and Spring and 30 hours during the Summer.

      • Frequently Asked Questions

        Who is eligible to apply?

        We welcome all undergraduate, graduate, and recent graduate students to apply.

         

        What is the process for intern selection?

        All applications are extensively reviewed by the Internship Coordinator on a rolling basis. Shortlisted applications are reviewed by the heads of MPAC's different departments and are contacted for phone interviews. After the phone interviews, applicants are contacted regarding the final results of their application.

         

        What is the timetable for intern selection?

        Depending on the volume of applications, short-listed candidates can be contacted for phone interviews as soon as 1-3 weeks after the application deadline has passed. Final decisions are usually made 5-6 weeks after the application deadline.

         

        Is the internship paid?

        Unfortunately, we do not pay our interns. However, we can work with you to receive credit or sponsorship through your university.

        Does MPAC provide housing or transportation?

        Unfortunately, we do not provide housing or transportation for interns. However, if you need help finding housing, please let us know. We can make recommendations on resources to use or neighborhoods to focus on in your search.

         

        Can I apply for multiple positions?

        Yes, you should indicate your preference in your cover letter. If you are interested in more than one internship, you do not need to submit multiple cover letters or applications.

         

        Can I intern remotely?

        No, all interns must be in the Washington, DC or LA office for the duration of their internship.

         

        I can't intern but I would really like to help out. How can I get involved?

        Please email internships@mpac.org and let us know you would like to help out! If there are any opportunities available, we'll be sure to reach out. Please make sure to include your location.