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Read about summer intern Shelby Toler's experience at UPA.


Internship Program

United Palestinian Appeal looks forward to welcoming an energetic and versatile cohort of interns into our Washington, D.C., office every summer. UPA’s internship program is designed to provide interested students with a valuable experience working on humanitarian and development issues related to the Palestinian people. The internship program includes both research and hands-on components, allowing students to meet their academic goals and gain tangible non-profit work experience. Interns are also encouraged to participate in summer events around Washington D.C., to expose them to different organizations and give them opportunities to meet individuals beyond their direct colleagues. The internship is non-paid, however, a modest stipend will be provided for transportation. UPA’s Summer Internship Application will be announced in early April. Please check back frequently for updates.

Application Deadline

We are seeking interns who can work a minimum of 15 hours per week for at least 8 weeks within the specified period.


Under the supervision of the Director of Grant Development, our summer interns will have the opportunity to pursue research in one of UPA’s focus areas, namely health and wellness, education, and community and economic development, exploring new areas of need or deepening one of our existing areas of focus.  The interns will also be expected to present their research to members of the staff and receive feedback. Interns are highly encouraged to attend relevant lectures and other events in the DC area.

In addition to a research project, each intern will be assigned to a UPA staff person to support functions such as outreach and grant writing. Our goal is to provide interns with a meaningful experience that builds their resume and gives them an inside look at working with a non-profit organization.

Summary of Intern Duties

  • Conduct and present research to UPA
  • Support daily grant writing, outreach and other UPA office functions as needed
  • Attend events relevant to Palestinian issues in Washington, D.C.

Required Qualifications

  • Commitment of at least 15 hours per week for at least 8 weeks
  • Strong research and writing skills
  • A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 out of 4.0
  • Completion of at least two years of college with a focus on relevant fields of study (e.g., political science, economics, international relations, Middle East studies)
  • Demonstrated interest in the Middle East and/or Palestinian issues
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Reliability and punctuality
  • Knowledge of Arabic is preferred but not required


Application instructions will be published in early April.