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.
The CSIS Middle East Program is not currently seeking interns. Please check back in early spring for information about our Summer 2019 internship.
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.
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:
- 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 email@example.com. Finalists will also be asked to complete a trial assignment assessing their research and writing ability.