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Internships

Internship opportunities with the Middle East Program and advice for job seekers in Middle East policy.

We are not currently accepting applications for internships. Please check back in March for details about Summer 2020 internships.


Advice for Job Seekers in Middle East Policy

Young people seeking jobs in Middle East policy contact the Middle East Program frequently, both for opportunities and for job-seeking advice. The program also receives a large volume of applications for internship and employment opportunities, but these applications often feature easy-to-fix errors. To assist young professionals looking to break in to policy work, we’ve pulled together some recommendations: Advice for Job Seekers in Middle East Policy

Interview with Dr. Jon B. Alterman

In January 2015, Jon Alterman sat down with the editorial board of New Perspectives in Foreign Policy, a journal by and for the enrichment of young professionals at CSIS, to discuss his career in academia, government, and the think tank world. Read the interview here.

Internships

The Middle East Program’s analysis focuses on the drivers of change in the region. It is currently undertaking work on shifting social, political, and economic dynamics in the Gulf countries; political, economic, and security trends in the Maghreb; religious policies and practices in the Maghreb; and evolving relations between the Middle East and other world regions.

We strongly encourage you to review our guide on Advice for Job Seekers in Middle East Policy and the requirements provided herewith before submitting your application for an internship with the CSIS Middle East Program.


Research Internship

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Interns have substantive responsibilities. Essential functions include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Compiling research briefs and literature reviews for senior fellows and research staff;
  • Briefing the program director weekly;
  • Attending topical events and writing event summaries;
  • Pitching and researching articles for the Middle East Program’s monthly newsletter;
  • Assisting with program events and some administrative tasks;
  • Assisting with outreach efforts.

KNOWLEDGE, EDUCATION, AND EXPERIENCE:

  • Completion or near completion of a Bachelor’s degree or higher in Middle East Studies, International Affairs, Political Science, or a related field;
  • Minimum of a 3.5 GPA on a U.S. scale or equivalent;
  • Strong demonstrated interest in and knowledge of the Middle East;
  • Demonstrated research skills;
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills;
  • Zest for challenging assignments that demand creativity;
  • Working knowledge of Arabic and/or French strongly preferred with an emphasis on reading and listening skills.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORK CONDITIONS:

The physical demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee working in an office environment. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.

HOW TO APPLY:

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resumé, two letters of recommendation, a writing sample of up to five double-spaced pages, and college transcripts at https://csiscareers.silkroad.com/.

Writing samples should demonstrate the ability to research and write policy-relevant work on the region. Letters of recommendation should be sent to middleeaststudies@csis.org. Finalists will also be asked to complete a trial assignment assessing their research and writing ability.

 

Public Outreach & Podcast Intern

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Interns have substantive responsibilities. Essential functions include, but are not limited to the following: 
  • Aiding in the planning, recording, editing, and publicizing of the Middle East Program’s new podcast series;
  • Assisting with the planning of CSIS events;
  • Performing a variety of administrative tasks as needed;
  • Publicizing the program’s publications and events on a regular basis using various social media platforms;
  • Briefing the program director weekly;
  • Attending topical events and writing event summaries;
KNOWLEDGE, EDUCATION, AND EXPERIENCE:
 
  • completion or near completion of a Bachelor’s degree or higher in Journalism, Media, Middle East Studies, International Affairs, Political Science, or a related field; 
  • Minimum of a 3.5 GPA on a U.S. scale or equivalent;
  • Must be eligible to work in the United States;
  • Experience recording and editing audio content strongly preferred; 
  • Must have strong communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Must have the ability to manage competing priorities and multiple projects under tight deadlines;
  • Must demonstrate a firm understanding and/or interest in the Middle East

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORK CONDITIONS:
 
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Performances of duties require the use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The job frequently requires ability to stand, walk, sit, reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. Specific vision abilities required include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
  
HOW TO APPLY:
Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resumé, letter of recommendation, a writing sample of up to five double-spaced pages, and college transcripts at https://csiscareers.silkroad.com/. Letters of recommendation should be sent to middleeaststudies@csis.org.

Contact Information
Contact Middle East Program
Tel: 202.775.3216