AVAILABLE NGO/THINK TANK INTERNSHIPS

Listed below are available internships within non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and think tanks. For more information and about the internships or a specific position, email programs@abpadc.org. For application details and application assistance, including resume building and cover letter development, email programs@abpadc.org. 
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Events and Social Media Internship 

Gulf International Forum
Work Schedule: Varies

Description:

The internship will provide a training opportunity to advance interns skills in pre-event preparations and post-event documentation.
Eligibility:
  • Undergraduate or recent graduate
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills
  • Strong communication and presentation skills
  • Flexibility to work extra hours to fulfill event preparation requirements
  • Ability to work well in teams
  • Previous experience working on small or medium scale events preferred
  • Strong negotiation skills
  • Diligent, dependable and hard working
  • Detail Oriented
Location: Washington, DC
Compensation: Paid
Application Deadline: N/A
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Research Assistant Intern 

Gulf International Forum
Work Schedule: Varies
Description:

The internship will provide a training opportunity to advance interns research skills by providing assistance and support for the organization’s research and publications initiatives. However, given this is a start-up organization, the training opportunity may vary as the organization further develops.
Eligibility:
  • Degree in liberal arts, public policy, political science, or related field.
  • Interest in the Gulf and Middle East region required
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Strong research and analytical skills
  • Excellent written and communication skills
  • Ability to proactively multitask and prioritize
Location: Washington, DC
Compensation: Paid 
Application Deadline: N/A
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Publications Intern

Middle East Institute
Work Schedule: Varies
Description: Each intern is responsible for multiple Middle East countries or conflicts, and conducts daily open-source news analyses for publication in the Journal’s chronology section. Additionally, interns will partake in editing, book annotations, assist with Planning Marketing Strategies, and assist the Editor, Managing Editor, Assistant Editor, and Book Review Editor as needed.
Eligibility:
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, and Excel skills preferred
  • Marketing experience a plus
  • Any regional language skills (including French) a plus
Location: Washington, DC
Compensation: N/A
Application Deadline: November 1, 2018
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Programs Internship

Middle East Institute
Work Schedule: Varies
Description: Interns will participate in a variety of research projects, including specialized research for MEI's senior vice president, background research to inform upcoming policy events, and content research for infographics and interactive to be featured on MEI's website. Additionally, interns will partake in outreach, audio/visual design, policy events, and draft correspondence, reports, press releases, and event fliers.
Eligibility:
  • Must possess strong writing skills, excellent communication abilities, attention to detail, and a positive attitude
  • Preferred candidates will have photography and audio/visual, skills and knowledge of Final Cut Pro, Adobe InDesign and Photoshop, and HTML. Previous experience with web content design a plus
Location: Washington, DC
Compensation: N/A
Application Deadline: November 1, 2018
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Civil Rights and Policy Intern

KARAMAH

Work Schedule: Varies

Description: KARAMAH seeks an intern to support our civil rights division. The intern will report to our Interim Executive Director to support research, fact checking, data gathering, and policy development.

Eligibility:

  • Pursuing a career in public policy, advocacy, or the law preferred
  • Writing and publishing experience preferred but not required.
  • A passion for human rights, gender equity, and religious freedom

Locations:

  • Rockville, Maryland
  • Washington, DC

Compensation: Unpaid

Application Deadline: November 15, 2018

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Undergraduate/Graduate Intern

KARAMAH

Work Schedule: Varies

Description: Interns will have opportunities to see examples of the practical application of Islamic jurisprudence, assist with research, write web articles, and current event reports. Interns may also assist in planning and executing educational programs, including topics, creating program documents and hand-outs, advertising, digital and video media work, and program administration.

Eligibility:

  • Superior written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent research and writing skills
  • Enthusiastic and self-motivated work style with high attention to detail
  • Ability to work well in groups and on short deadlines
  • Interest in Islamic Studies, Human rights, Women’s rights, Civil Rights, and/or Comparative Law
  • Event planning experience
  • Non-profit experience
  • Social media/communications experience (preferred)
  • Arabic language skills are preferred but not required

Locations:

  • Rockville, Maryland
  • Washington, DC

Compensation: Unpaid. Academic credit possible.

Application Deadline: November 15, 2018

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Communications Intern

KARAMAH

Work Schedule: Varies

Description: Intern(s) will gain meaningful experience at a DC-based NGO, as well as exposure to the fields of Women’s rights, Civil Rights, Islamic law, and leadership development. The Communications intern will have the opportunity to work on a variety of projects, which may include assisting in  writing press releases, media advisories, stories for the KARAMAH website and other publications; assisting with logistics for press conferences; building and expanding media databases; assisting in the development and implementation of social media strategy; and posting to social media.

Eligibility:

  • Bachelor’s degree or current enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate program, preferably in communications, political science, international relations or a related field
  • Excellent interpersonal, critical thinking, research and writing skills
  • Experience or classwork in communications, marketing, or journalism a plus
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Arabic translation experience highly desired
  • Graphic design experience and/or ability to make social graphics is a plus
  • Working knowledge of primary social media platforms

Locations:

  • Rockville, Maryland
  • Washington, DC

Compensation: Unpaid. Academic credit possible.

Application Deadline: November 15, 2018

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Events and Operations Internship

Arab Center Washington DC
Work Schedule: Part-Time 
Description:The Events Intern’s primary responsibility will be to provide assistance and support for the center’s events, projects, and activities, in addition to supporting the staff in organizing meetings and events in Washington DC.

Eligibility:
  • Currently enrolled graduate or advanced undergraduate students (juniors/ seniors), or recent graduates (within one year of graduation)
  • Working towards a degree in a relevant field (e.g., events planning, hospitality, management, marketing, or similar fields)
  • Academic training or demonstrated interest in Middle East studies, political science, international relations, US foreign policy, or similar fields
  • Strong writing, interpersonal, and organizational skills, and attention to detail
  • Working knowledge and familiarity with computer and internet applications
  • Previous experience in event coordination and office management desirable
  • English fluency required, proficiency in Arabic or other regional languages a plus
  • Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States
Compensation: Paid
Application Deadline: Unspecified 
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Research and Analysis Internship

Arab Center Washington DC
Work Schedule: Part-Time 
Description: The Research Intern’s primary responsibility is to provide assistance and support for the center’s research, analysis, and writing projects, in addition to supporting the staff in planning and implementing research-related activities
Eligibility:
  • Currently enrolled graduate or advanced undergraduate students (juniors/ seniors), or recent graduates (within one year of graduation)
  • Working toward a degree in a relevant field (e.g., Middle East studies, political science, international affairs, international law, US foreign policy, or similar fields)
  • Academic training and demonstrated interest in Middle East studies, political science, international relations, US foreign policy, or similar fields
  • Excellent research, writing, editing, reasoning, and analytical skills; attention to detail; ability to work independently
  • Working knowledge and familiarity with computer and data applications (e.g., MS Excel) and internet research tools
  • Previous experience in writing and research desirable
  • English fluency required; proficiency in Arabic or other regional languages a plus
  • Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States

Compensation: Paid

Application Deadline: Unspecified 
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Center for Turkish Studies Internship

Middle East Institute
Work Schedule: Part Time
Description: The internship combines research and administrative tasks, and the intern may perform duties, including researching academic and programmatic activities of the Center, writing and editing, outreach, and other duties as requested.
Eligibility:
  • Completed at least one year of college
  • Have a strong interest in Turkey and basic understanding of Turkish domestic and/or foreign politics, social developments, or experience living or studying in Turkey
  • Good writing, editing, research, and analytical skills; ability to complete writing and research tasks under short deadlines
  • Fluency in Turkish or Arabic is preferred
  • Have knowledge of Excel, Word, and Internet research tools
  • Must have good Diplomatic and professional manner, communication skills, and an ability to work both independently and under strict supervision
Location: Washington, DC
Compensation: Unspecified
Application Deadline: November 1, 2018
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Center for Education Internship

Middle East Institute
Work Schedule: Part Time, 30 hours/week
Description: Languages Department interns play a critical role in the execution, promotion, and development of the department. Interns in the Languages Department should have experience working with people, a capacity for multi-tasking, and problem-solving skills.
Eligibility:
  • Have strong in both verbal and written communication
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Access, Excel, and Word
  • Ability to work Monday through Thursday 9:30am to 5:00pm. (30 hours/week)
Location: Washington, DC
Compensation: Unspecified
Application Deadline: November 1, 2018
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Arts and Culture Internship

Middle East Institute
Work Schedule: Unspecified

Description:The Arts and Culture Department seeks an intern to facilitate a new arts exhibition tour and accompanying educational programming in cities across the country. The department also seeks an intern to assist with a unique exchange program, bringing Middle Eastern cultural leaders to the United States. The intern will help organize programs and events for the visiting cultural leaders in cities around the country.

Eligibility:
  • Must have a positive attitude
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment
  • Familiarity and interest in the Middle East
  • Adobe InDesign/Adobe CreativeSuite (Including Photoshop) and Constant Contact experience preferred
  • Experience working with museums or art galleries a plus
  • Experience planning, managing, and implementing events preferred
  • Familiarity with regional artists and cultural leaders a plus
Location: Washington, DC
Compensation: Unspecified 
Application Deadline: Unspecified
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SALAM 2019: Summer Arabic Language and Media Program 

Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center

Location: Washington, DC
Work Schedule: Unspecified
Description: The Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center (SQCC) is now accepting applications for the 2019 Summer Arabic Language and Media (SALAM) program, a fully-funded competitive scholarship program to study intensive Arabic in the Sultanate of Oman. The SALAM scholarship allows students to gain a deeper knowledge of Arabic, while becoming familiar with Omani history and culture.
Eligibility: 
  • All applicants must be U.S. citizens
  • Be enrolled in a degree seeking program (BA, MA or PhD) in Spring 2019
  • Have completed at least four semesters (or the equivalent) of university-level Arabic coursework
Compensation: Unspecified 
Application Deadline: December 31, 2018

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