I am now a month into my AIESEC internship search!
I will be working in Cairo, Egypt for six weeks this summer!
Here's a little background on that:
I decided that I would like to go to either Egypt or Jordan. The reasons begin: none of the Gulf countries have good development NGOs to work for (they are usually more technologically focused) and their internships require larger time commitments. Once I began looking closer at my options in Egypt and Jordan, I realized that Jordan probably didn't have what I was looking for.
So, Egypt it is! The two major cities they recruit for in Egypt are Alexandria and Cairo. The idea of living in Alexandria seemed more appealing to me initially; it doesn't have quite the hustle and bustle of Cairo. However, less so than Jordan, AIESEC Alexandria didn't quite have the internships that I was looking for.
So, Cairo it is! My mom was a little concerned about me going to Cairo, especially in light of the revolution that took place (something that, let's be honest, will be really exciting to be exposed to! It's just an extra perk that I will be able to meet these revolutionary people and see them build up their country). However, I talked to her about safety and how AIESEC is really great about supporting their interns. I talked to one girl who said that she was in Egypt during the revolution and a director of AIESEC took her and other interns to stay in her house for a few days, until they were sure that things were secure. Obviously, many students are studying abroad in and around Cairo now. Everything seems perfect!