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The Michael S. Ansari Africa Center of the Atlantic Council of the United States would like a talented summer intern to work on projects and programs focused on African--U.S. policy issues. The Ansari Africa Center seeks to provide a forum for African and Atlantic Council constituencies for action-oriented projects and strategic analysis and evaluation of Africa policy, particularly the relationship between prosperity and security. The Ansari Africa Center conducts research and writing for publication on a wide range of Africa and U.S. policy issues. The Center also organizes events such as public speeches by high-level policy makers, off-the-record discussions, private networking dinners and strategy sessions with senior African, European, and U.S. policy experts. The position is non-paid, but candidates gain valuable skills, experience, knowledge, and contacts in the Washington, DC international policy community. The duration of the internship is throughout the summer with the possibility of extension. Interns provide important research and logistical support to the Center. Interns work closely with the Director and Assistant Director. Interns are also encouraged to participate in and attend events hosted by other programs at the Atlantic Council.
Duties are not limited to, but will include:
Conduct research to support the activities of Center.
Handle logistical elements for program events.
Manage program contacts database.
Participate in daily Ansari Africa Center meetings and weekly Atlantic Council meetings.
Draft formal correspondence to government officials and invitations for events.
Take notes at Council roundtables and strategy sessions for program archives.
The Atlantic Council of the United States is an equal opportunity employer.
  • Must be at least a college junior in good standing, a recent graduate, or a graduate
  • student.
  • Must have excellent research, writing and people skills.
  • Must demonstrate proven interest in African issues. Candidates who are undergraduate
  • majors or graduate level students of African Affairs are preferred.
  • Must work well with others and interact professionally with senior officials.
  • Must be detail oriented and have the ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Must have at least a 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale), or equivalent from a non-U.S. institution.
  • Must be eligible to work in the United States on a full-time basis.
  • Ability to read and write French is highly desired.
To be considered for this position, please email a resume, cover letter, and writing
sample to: internship@acus.org. In the cover letter, please explain how you
became interested in Africa and share with us what type of job you would like to
have five years from now.
In the subject line, please indicate which program you are applying to.

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Fellowships at the Smithsonian Institution provide students and scholars with opportunities to pursue independent research projects in association with members of the Smithsonian professional research staff.

Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program Persons interested in conducting research at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (see separate listing) should apply to that unit directly.

Graduate Student Fellowships

These fellowships allow students to conduct research for ten-week periods in association with Smithsonian research staff members. Applicants must be formally enrolled in a graduate program of study, must have completed at least one semester, and must not yet have been advanced to candidacy in a doctoral program.

Predoctoral Fellowships - These fellowships allow students to conduct research for periods of three to twelve months. Applicants must have completed coursework and preliminary examinations for the doctoral degree, and must be engaged in dissertation research. In addition, candidates must have the approval of their universities to conduct their doctoral research at the Smithsonian.

Postdoctoral and Senior Fellowships - Postdoctoral Fellowships of three to twelve months are available for scholars who have held the doctoral degree or equivalent for fewer than seven years as of the application deadline. Senior Fellowships of three to twelve months are available for scholars who have held the doctoral degree or equivalent for more than seven years as of the application deadline. Applications for senior fellowships may be made up to eighteen months in advance. Stipends for senior fellowships are the same as for the postdoctoral program, but the Smithsonian's stipend may be matched by other sources of funding such as a sabbatical salary.


Senior and Postdoctoral - $45,000 per year Earth and Planetary Sciences Senior and Postdoctoral - $50,000 per year Predoctoral - $30,000 per year Graduate Students - $6,500


January 15th (postmark) for awards to begin on or after June 1st

For more information see the previous section 'Information for Applying to the Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program'


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This will be the place to look for information on graduate programs related to the African Studies Program.

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