Atlantic Institute Academic Internship Program

For more than a decade, the Atlantic Institute and its predecessor Istanbul Center’s Internship Programs have provided hundreds of interns with educational, cultural and academic opportunities complement to their classroom experience. Our internship program provides a rewarding learning experience that serves as a basis for necessary professional skills for a better understanding of the changing world around us. The goal of the Academic Internship Program is to develop an informed and skilled work force committed to advancing peace, understanding and dialogue both in the Middle East and worldwide.

Internships are unpaid, one semester long, and renewable. Interns should commit to at least 15 hours of voluntary work per week. Schedules are flexible.

Academic and Educational Interns will potentially: assist the Director of Academic Affairs in research, writing, and planning events and/or aid the Director of Educational Programs in planning of the annual Art & Essay Contest. 


While the main focus for interns is for educational purposes, students may be asked to assist in administrative-related purposes that directly relate to the organization’s mission and vision. This will help students learn what it takes to work in a non-profit organization. The tasks include dealing with the day-to-day operations of the organization and helping coordinate events. Although interns may work for a specific department/department head or program, all should be well-rounded in their work and abilities, be readily able and willing to help with any full-time staff member and his or her department.

Interns may also be asked to attend events to work after-hours as needed depending on programming schedules. Most events are held during the week; however, there is always the possibility of an event during the weekend. While interns are attending our events, they are reminded that they represent the Atlantic Institute organization and to behave in a professional and respectful manner

Upon the completion of their term, interns are asked to evaluate their learning experience and reflect on their own performance. Upon completion of the internship, each participating intern receives a certificate and becomes eligible for attending Atlantic Institute’s luncheons, lectures and leadership programs free of charge for a year. We are currently only accepting applications for Spring and Fall semesters.


We seek motivated undergraduate or graduate students from the social sciences and humanities departments – especially journalism, history, political science, international relations and anthropology – with:

•           Proficiency in editing

•           Expert research skills

•           Superior organizational skills

•           High academic achievement

•           Excellent communication skills

•           Desire to learn about other cultures

•           Interest in learning about Turkey and Eurasia

•           Proficiency in Microsoft Office

We are currently accepting applications for the Spring 2015 semester.

How to apply: Please apply here or email us at if you have any questions.