Internship Opportunities

Business Council Internship Program Overview

The U.S.-Saudi Arabian Business Council (USSABC) is pleased to offer internship opportunities to students interested in enhancing their understanding of the U.S.-Saudi business dynamic and promoting bilateral trade relations. As such, internships are only open to current undergraduate or graduate students residing in the U.S.

All internships are located at our Washington, D.C. Metro Area office. Internship dates follow the academic school year and are awarded for the Fall (September-December), Spring (January-May), and Summer (June-August). During the Fall and Spring, interns are expected to work a minimum of 24 hours per week. During the Summer, interns are expected to work at least 32 hours per week. The Business Council is flexible and tries to accommodate individual schedules.


At the completion of the program, interns will receive a $1,000 grant as well as a formal letter of recognition that the participant has completed the program. This letter outlines the various tasks and projects that the individual worked on during the session and can also be used as a letter of recommendation in the future. The Business Council Internship Program provides participants with valuable and practical job experience, as well as responsibility, initiative, time management, networking, and professional writing skills.

All interns write articles that are posted on the Business Council’s website and included in our quarterly newsletter that is distributed to 8,000 readers. Interns contributing to the newsletter will be listed by name as a writer on the publication. Individuals that receive our newsletter include U.S. and Saudi Government officials, senior business leaders, educational institutions, and industry organizations and associations. Many interns choose to include their work in their portfolio as examples of published professional writing.

Additionally, interns have the opportunity to have informal lunch discussions with USSABC staff, sit in on conference calls with member companies, and interact with senior management. As a result, Business Council interns complete the program with an enhanced understanding of the business world and how to conduct themselves in everyday business situations. Former Business Council interns have gone on to positions with the Brookings Institute, U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, International Monetary Fund, and have also been hired by the USSABC.

Application Process

Current undergraduate and graduate students who live in the U.S. and wish to apply to the Business Council Internship Program should send a resume and cover letter to The cover letter should include information regarding the applicant’s work availability. Please note that both documents are required and that a writing sample may be requested at a later time.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until the deadline for each session. Selected applicants will be contacted for interviews by the Business Council. Follow-up emails will not be answered. No phone calls please.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Research Internship

The USSABC is looking for motivated, self-starting interns. Ideal candidates will be in pursuit of a B.A. or M.A. in international relations, international business, political science, or a related field. Interns participate in a variety of activities that support individual programs, including research, writing, and project development. Interns will also assist with basic administrative duties as needed.


  • Researching and writing articles for publication on the Business Council website and in the quarterly newsletter
  • Assisting staff in background research for written reports and other articles
  • Outreach to partner organizations and associations
  • Responding to information and research requests
  • Assisting the staff in all facets of preparation for trade missions and high-level events
  • Database management and administrative support on an as-needed basis


  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative
  • Previous research experience
  • Fluency in both written and spoken English
  • Basic knowledge and interest in international issues
  • Proficiency in 2007 Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Current student residing in the U.S.

Desired Skills:

  • Education or experience in Middle East Studies, particularly Saudi Arabia
  • Experience in journalistic writing or editing
  • Knowledge of Arabic


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