Middle East Institute Internship Program - Summer 2014Bookmark This
The Middle East Institute
1761 N Street, NW
The Leadership Development Internship Program at the Middle East Institute is designed to provide students or recent graduates considering a career in a Middle East related field with hands-on experience in a Washington-based, nonprofit organization that focuses exclusively on the Middle East. Interns obtain guidance, experience, and exposure to the Washington policy and scholarly community while developing professional skills with interns from all over the world.
Internships are available throughout the year to undergraduates who have completed at least one year of school, recent graduates, and graduate students. Positions are available on a full- or part-time basis with a minimum of 20 hours a week. Positions are available in the following departments: Programs and Communications, Development and Corporate Relations, Languages, Library, Publications, Center for Turkish Studies, and Research Assistantships with MEI adjunct scholars.
Interns represent more than half of MEI's staff. As a result, you will be presented with exciting opportunities to do real work that has real outcomes. There is no filing or coffee-running in this job. Instead, you will immerse yourself in issues relating to the Middle East, and be expected to complete substantative assignments with personal guidance from your supervisor. All internships at the Middle East Institute are unpaid, though the Leadership Development Internship Program is packed with other benefits:
1) Free language courses at the Institute in an intimate classroom setting with native-speaking professors
2) Travel reimbursement for daily commutes within the DC metropolitan area
3) Opportunities to discuss career paths with experts in government, academia, and non-profit and private sectors through the Intern Development Series
4) Workshops to build skills such as resume and cover letter writing, interviewing, and blogging
5) Encouragement to attend conferences at MEI and other think-tanks in the DC area to foster your understanding of current topics in the Middle East, and to expand your professional network
6) One-year electronic subscription to the MEI's flagship publication, The Middle East Journal, the oldest peer-reviewed journal dedicated to Middle East scholarship
7) Access to a network of MEI intern alumni, who work in a wide variety of fields both in DC and around the world
For more information, please visit: http://www.mei.edu/internships-0
Please send your resume, cover letter, list of one professional and two academic references, unofficial transcript, and 5-page writing sample on topic relevant to the Middle East to email@example.com, by March 11, 2014
**Please ensure that all documents are in .pdf format.
ResponsibilitiesInterns across all departments (see here for full list: http://www.mei.edu/internships-0) work directly with their supervisors in daily tasks essential to the running of the institute. Some examples of these include conducting research to maintain an all-encompassing chronology (timeline) of social, political, and economic events across the region; organizing events; writing features on the library's MENA book collection; and managing relationships with the institute's donors.
RequirementsApplicants must be able to work in the United States, have completed freshman year of college, and less than one year out of a Masters program.
Please see our FAQ page for more information: http://www.mei.edu/internship-faq