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FWS - Program Assistant

Date: Aug 4, 2022

Location: Washington, DC, US, 20016

Company: American University

About the Department/Unit

In 1998, Shimon Peres inaugurated the first center for Israel Studies in the country at American University. The center sponsors frequent public programs, including conferences, discussions, lecture series, performances and exhibits, in addition to the Minor in Israel Studies
For more information about the center, see:


FWS students will assist the Managing Director of the Center for Israel Studies in implementing the projects and programs planned for the academic year. Students who are looking to gain non-profit work experience and have an interest in Israel, international affairs, or public relations are encouraged to apply. Job responsibilities may include substantive work such as research, editing, and data analysis, as well as event planning and execution (20+ events per year), and administrative work. 

Essential Functions

  1. Students must be dependable, organized, skilled at working with Microsoft Word and Excel, and comfortable representing American University and the Center at public events. Prior office experience is helpful. 
  2. We are looking for a few organized, conscientious student interns to help with the Center for Israel Studies extensive calendar of cultural, political and scholarly events. 
  3. Job responsibilities include substantive work such as research and editing, as well as event planning and administrative work.
  4. Some students will be tasked with graphics/social media roles so those skills are helpful, as well as photography skills.    


Supervisory Responsibility

  • Students will be supervised by the Managing Director of the Center for Israel Studies.

Work Environment

  • Students will either work in the CIS office during office hours or at events (some are evening) and should feel comfortable working as part of a team. There is a strong sense of camaraderie among the work/study team. 

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

  • This position is only open to students with an active and available Federal Work Study Award, able to work 5-10 hours per week.   
  • Positions start at the beginning of the fall 2022 semester and continue throughout the academic year, Hours for this position are flexible and will include evening event support. 
  • To learn more about the program activities of the Center for Israel Studies, please see 

Salary Range

  • $16.25-$16.50/hour, commensurate with experience

Required Education and Experience

  • High school diploma

Preferred Education and Experience

  • Work/study interns must have good oral and written communication skills and be able to effectively use Microsoft Word and Excel. 
  • Desirable skills include social media/graphic design (we do event marketing fliers using Canva), and photography skills.
  • Catering experience is also helpful. 


  • Please submit a complete application online, including a cover letter, resume and writing sample (college essay or school paper ok). 
  • Please send resume and writing sample to: Laura Cutler  

Nearest Major Market: Washington DC