About the program

The Presidential Internship Program (PiP) at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane (AUI) was established in Fall 2016 with the aim of providing recent graduates from, around the world the opportunity to learn about Moroccan culture and language, while working at an American-style university nestled in a pristine, peaceful region in the Middle Atlas Mountains of Morocco.

Presidential Interns will spend one academic year working at AUI where they will develop interpersonal and office related skills. During the application process, interns can select from a variety of full-time positions within the university and are ultimately matched with the office that best suits their personal interests and professional qualifications.

Al Akhawayn University welcomes applicants from all nationalities and citizenship statuses, who have American-style liberal arts degrees. Please note that students who have completed the entirety of their undergraduate educations in Morocco are not eligible to apply. The internship is designed to allow graduates of other nationalities the opportunity to live and work in Ifrane, and to experience Moroccan culture and language of the wider MENA region. 

The perks of being a presidential intern include:

  • Rent-free studio apartment style housing in AUI’s Downtown Residence.
  • A settling-in allowance and an advance of 500 MAD.
  • A monthly stipend of 3000 MAD for living expenses.
  • Health insurance and access to the AUI clinic.
  • Access to and borrowing privileges from the University Mohammed VI Library, the fitness center, the heated swimming pool, the restaurants and café, academic buildings, and our shuttle system.
  • Access to professional development and one AUI course a semester (of the intern’s choice).
  • Organized trips around Morocco with various student organizations.
  • Opportunities for service and volunteering.
  • Interns are entitled to 15 personal days, in addition to official national holidays and a five-day staff break around the New Year.

Still Have Questions? Let Us Know!
To contact us with any further questions, please email us at pip@aui.ma. We’d love to hear from you!
We’re also active on social media. Feel free to reach out to us on our Facebook account, or else check us out on Instagram at “auipresidentialinternship.

Alumni Profiles


Feel free to visit the profiles of previous Presidential Interns Cohorts: Alumni Profiles.

meet the interns


Madeleine Zahn

Madeleine Zahn is serving as the Presidential Intern for the Campus Life Office. She grew up in Missouri where she attended Missouri State University, graduating in 2020 with a degree in Geography and minors in French and Sustainability. She first visited Morocco on a weekend trip, and knew she wanted to return someday. During her time in Morocco, Madeleine hopes to improve her language skills in addition to experiencing the culture, cuisine, and history of Morocco. She looks forward to working with staff and students to build community and friendships at AUI this year.


Teresa Derr

Teresa Derr is the intern for Residential Life, the DSA, and the VPAA. She grew up in the Seattle area and graduated from Western Washington University with a degree in human rights and culture. She loves getting to explore new cultures and perspectives, make new friends, and experience new things. She studied at AUI for a semester during her undergrad and decided it wasn't long enough, so she came back for this program. She is looking forward to learning Darija, getting to meet students, and hopefully take advantage of any opportunities for human rights works that come her way.


Ashley Jazayeri

Ashley Jazayeri is the intern for the Chief Operating Officer and the President. A recent graduate with degrees in international relations and political science, she is excited to gain additional professional experience while improving her Arabic skills. Having spent nearly half of her undergraduate studies in Morocco, she is happy to have the opportunity to continue to learn about Moroccan culture, this time as a young professional. Ashley intends to use the opportunity provided by the AUI Presidential Internship Program to refine her research skills, improve her project management abilities, and further explore her interest in human rights, women’s empowerment, and education in the MENA.


Nathan Lincoln

Nathan Lincoln is an intern in the Office of Institutional Research & Effectiveness (OIRE). He attended Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania, where he earned a degree in Environmental Science with an emphasis in geography and planning. His interests include anything outdoors as well as books, movies, and games with friends. During his time as an intern, he hopes to develop his skills in planning, management and interpersonal communication, while widening his worldview by integrating with the AUI and international community.

Evelyn Cruz

Chloe-Kate Abel

Chloe-Kate Abel is the Presidential Intern in the Center for Learning Excellence and Writing Center. She is originally from Brooklyn, NY but has been living between the US, Morocco, and the UK for the past five years. She recently graduated from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland with a Bachelor of Arts in Arabic and Persian Language, Literature, and Culture. Apart from learning languages, she is passionate about photography, music, and cinema.

Evelyn Cruz

Emily Wang

Emily Wang is the Presidential Intern for the AUI Re-Accreditation Project. She grew up in New Jersey, then attended the University of Mississippi, studying international studies, Arabic, and Chinese. While studying abroad in college, Emily lived in Egypt, Jordan, the U.A.E., China, Singapore and Malaysia, and completed an exchange semester at AUI in Fall 2018. (These experiences inspired her senior graduation thesis on Uyghur Muslims - feel free to ask!) Despite Covid-19, Emily hopes for new adventures and travel soon, and she is super excited to return to and give back to the AUI community.



Presidential Interns begin their time in Ifrane by attending an orientation by early September 2021, to get to know AUI and their offices. Over the course of the first semester, interns will work closely with their supervisors to better understand their roles within their offices and AUI in general., Midway through the program each intern will undergo an evaluation by their supervisor in order to determine whether their employment contract will continue throughout the year.

Interns’ schedules depend on the office in which they are placed, though most offices typically follow the administrative schedule (Monday through Friday, from 8h30 to 17h30). Some positions operate using alternative schedules or require overtime and weekend work during times of heavy activity. However, even interns operating on the administrative schedule are sometimes asked to stay later depending on the time of year and the supervisor/team’s needs. Units will however offer compensation time.



Application information for the 2021-2022 school year:

Application Form: https://my.aui.ma/ICS/Presidential_Internship_Program.jnz


contact information

Cherif Bel Fekih
Director, Presidential Internship Program
Executive Director, Office of Institutional
Research and Effectiveness
Tel: (+212)(0)5-35-86-2125
E-mail: c.belfekih@aui.ma

The Presidential Interns
Tel: (+212)(0)5-35-86-3677
E-mail: auipip@aui.ma


Sanaa Mokaddeme
Manager of the Office of the President
Tel: (+212)5-35-86-2008
Fax: (+212)5-35-56-7142
E-mail: s.mokaddeme@aui.ma