Internships with the Middle East Institute

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The Middle East Institute in Washington, DC offers an array of internship opportunities that engage a wide range of professional interests and talents for young people who are interested in the Middle East. The internships are for any students or recent graduates who are looking for fall internships. On a given day, Dr. Paul Salem’s research assistant might conduct open-source news analysis of extremist and moderate Syrian groups on Twitter and YouTube, while our Programs interns might organize and help host a panel to discuss cultural racketeering and antiquities theft in Iraq and Egypt. With over 20 intern positions across 8 different departments, there is a variety of internships that attract a very diverse pool of interns.

Although the internships are unpaid, MEI works to ensure that its interns are compensated for their contributions. MEI offers a free language class, a SmarTrip card reloaded with $100 each month, a year-long online subscription to The Middle East Journal, and a series of talks, the Intern Development Series, exclusively dedicated to advancing our interns’ professional lives and their knowledge of the region. The application deadline is July 7.

Find out more information on the website, or contact internships@mei.edu for any questions.

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WorldTeach Thailand: Departure in October 2016

WorldTeach is currently looking for the next contingent of teachers for the WorldTeach Thailand program.

In Thailand, volunteers teach English in the Isan region, just north of Bangkok. WorldTeach is needed more than ever as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has created an easier process for migration amongst its 11 member nations and made English the official language. The program departs in October and returns in September 2017. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until July 15th. As a reminder, teaching experience is not required to participate, WorldTeach is seeking candidates with interests in education, international development, intercultural exchange, and a desire to challenge and be challenged to create positive impact.

Explore more of Thailand:

WorldTeach Thailand Webinar
Day in the Life Videos
WorldTeach Thailand Alumni Reviews

If you have any questions, please reach out to publicity@worldteach.org.

InterAction Public Policy Intern (unpaid)

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Public Policy Intern

InterAction is the largest alliance of U.S. based international development and humanitarian nongovernmental organizations.  Members operate in every developing country and advocate for global change to overcome poverty, exclusion, and suffering by advancing social justice and basic dignity for all. Located in Washington, DC, InterAction aims to give each of its members the collective power to speak and act on issues of common concern. InterAction’s Public Policy Team is seeking applications for two unpaid interns for the summer of 2016.

InterAction’s Public Policy team offers internship opportunities to motivated individuals with a compassion for global change. Our team advocates for the public policy priorities of InterAction and its members, primarily with the U.S. Congress and executive branch. The team helps coordinate the policy positions of InterAction members through leadership in several working groups and initiatives. Specifically, the Public Policy Team leads the organization’s work on:

  • Budget and Appropriations: The Public Policy Committee is the central working group for InterAction’s coalition-wide public policy work. The PPC focuses a great deal on budget and appropriations work, and is a forum for information exchange on the full range of policy issues affecting our members.
  • Democracy, Rights, and Governance Initiative (DRG): The initiative brings together leaders of the DRG community to facilitate collective engagement in the promotion of democracy, human rights, and good governance as a necessary foundation for sustainable development. It seeks to elevate DRG as a key goal of foreign assistance; garner public and private financial support for DRG policy and initiatives; advocate for the use of assistance mechanisms as the primarily method for DRG programming; and engage policymakers on how DRG helps achieve a more peaceful and prosperous world.
  • Food Security and Agriculture: The working group supports and strengthens US NGOs that are active in advocacy for international agricultural development and global food security. It focuses on Congressional advocacy to ensure investments are sustained and ideally increased, and that US policy on these issues remains strong and inclusive of US NGO goals and expertise.
  • Global Health and Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH): These working groups seek to strengthen the “how to” of health delivery and improve US government policies related to WASH. The Global Health working group looks for ways to integrate health across other development sectors, incorporate field perspectives and elevate the health agenda in crisis situations. The WASH group works hard to encourage partnership among private, public and non-profit donors in the water sector.
  • Humanitarian Policy and Practice Advocacy: The Public Policy Team’s hill-focused advocacy on humanitarian issues is coordinated with InterAction’s Humanitarian Policy and Practice Team. Together, efforts assure that life-saving assistance is delivered to vulnerable people facing protracted crises or natural disasters. The working groups coordinate multiple NGO’s work on multiple country-based crises, sector-wide focus areas, and develop advocacy strategies with the U.S. government, multilateral institutions, and foreign governments.

Responsibilities will be specified to intern’s interests and are likely to include:

  • Attend and summarize hearings and briefings as needed on the Hill;
  • Attend and summarize briefings and events hosted by InterAction members;
  • Research legislative action that affects the international humanitarian and development community;
  • Research and examine data regarding US foreign assistance abroad;
  • Provide support to for meetings and briefings at InterAction and on the Hill, including: scheduling, tracking RSVPs, developing and assembling materials, supporting staff in preparing coffee, ordering catering, and writing summaries of the proceedings;
  • Update the InterAction website and online profiles with legislative, member, and program updates as necessary.

These and other assigned duties will be designed to support you in gaining the following knowledge, skills and abilities for obtaining future employment:

  • Familiarity with tools available for Congressional research;
  • An introduction to professionalism and DC office etiquette;
  • Familiarity with advocacy strategy implementation and experience using a variety of advocacy tactics;
  • Understanding of the pressing issues within the NGO space and a variety of areas of work for InterAction’s members;
  • Increased network of contacts and an improved resume.

An intern can expect to gain the following experiences beyond daily work duties:

  • Access to meetings of members and InterAction staff that focus on a variety of current issues;
  • Networking with the staff of member organizations;
  • Opportunities to learn about detailed and timely topics;
  • Feedback and critique of your resume;
  • Informational interviews with InterAction staff.

Qualifications and competencies of the ideal candidate:

  • Be sure to include sectors of interest and previous experience in application;
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills;
  • Must be currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate programs;
  • Must be able to work with minimal supervision;
  • Commitment to being in the office at least 20 hours per week;
  • Demonstrated ability to manage tasks and meet deadlines;
  • Commitment to team work;
  • Strong computer skills (including Microsoft Word and Excel);
  • Good interpersonal skills.

Application Process:

To apply, please visit our website and submit your application through our online portal at www.interaction.org/about/internship-program. Applicants should create a profile and upload a resume and cover letter when prompted (the prompt may only ask for a resume, but applicants should upload both documents). The position will remain open until filled.

Due to the expected number of applications received for each position, only short-listed candidates will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

International Resque Committee Job Posting: Executive Assistant, New York, NY

Executive Assistant

Sector: Operations
Location: US – NY – New York
Employee Type: Regular
Employee Category: Full Time

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The International Rescue Committee helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC works with people forced to flee from war, conflict and disaster and the host communities that support them, as well as with those who remain within their homes and communities. At work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC has defined a new strategic mission and vision. The IRC’s strategy centers on its ambition to improve the scale and effectiveness of IRC programs worldwide with evidence of what works best to impact people’s lives in conflict and fragile settings. The Operations and Strategy Department was formed a year ago and is responsible for delivering the infrastructure capacity and strategic oversight to deliver on IRC2020. The Strategy Unit actively supports the planning and execution of the specific strategy initiatives and key processes required to deliver on this vision through project management, portfolio management, and governance support. The Human Resources, Supply Chain, and IT functions will continue their drive toward operational excellence and support the organization fulfill its mission through the provision of robust, scalable infrastructure.

Job Overview/Summary:

Comprised of four distinct but overlapping functional areas, the Operations & Strategy department is coherent in structure and working towards coherence in planning and delivery. Until recently, the different parts of the department have grown independently and organically. In this context, the Executive Assistant’s primary responsibility is to provide high quality, core administrative support to the Senior Vice President (SVP) of Operations& Strategy in continuing to build an effective and performance focused department. Reporting to the SVP and working closely with all senior leaders, this important role will help the SVP develop a well-functioning, efficient and results oriented department. The Executive Assistant will also work closely with colleagues in all HQ departments, including: Human Resources, Information Technology and Global Supply Chain.  The position is responsible for managing a range of administrative and logistical support services for the SVP including scheduling, managing administrative processes, facilitating communication, coordinating travel arrangements and tracking departmental expenses.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Manage daily workflow of the SVP, including scheduling, coordinating travel and managing appointments
  • Assist as necessary in the organization and support of meetings and conferences
  • Assist in the preparation of meeting materials, including data collection, preparation and assembly of materials.
  • Coordinate travel arrangements as needed, including flight, accommodation, visa application and ground transportation.
  • Track next steps on all meeting outcomes and communications on a case-by-case basis
  • Prepare reports for the SVP by researching, transcribing, inputting, editing and retrieving text, data, and graphics from multiple sources of information and meetings.
  • Manage special projects from inception to completion as assigned.
  • Receive and greet visitors as needed.
  • Process expense reports and invoices.
  • Assist with the preparation, editing, scanning, copying and distribution of written correspondence.
  • Perform other job related duties as assigned.

Job Requirements:

  • Bachelor degree, (Masters degree preferred).
  • Minimum 2-3 years of experience as an Executive Assistant to senior leadership.
  • Ability to organize, plan, schedule, determine priorities and meet deadlines.
  • Excellent organizational skills and demonstrated ability to multitask.
  • Excellent presentation and meeting arrangement skills – a good understanding of how to create high impact settings.
  • Service oriented and flexibility, commitment to help and support in a fast pace, fast changing environment.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with internal and external stakeholders with tact and diplomacy, both orally and in writing, including working with all staff level, maintain strong working relationships at all organizational levels.
  • Ability to take initiative and function independently.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Must have strong attention to detail, excellent discretion, judgment, tact, initiative, creativity, critical thinking, organizational skills, and self-motivation.
  • Strong computer proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point and Outlook.

Working Environment:

  • Standard office work environment

Must include cover letter when applying 

IRC leading the way from harm to home. 

IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

If you need assistance in the application or hiring process to accommodate a disability, you may request an accommodation at any time. Please contact Talent Acquisitions at IRCrecruitment@rescue.org. As required by law, the IRC will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants and employees with a known disability.

ELI Conversation Circles – Summer 2016

Are you looking for something fun and different to do this summer? Interested in meeting new people from around the world? Then consider facilitating an ELI Conversation Circle.

For over 25 years, ELI’s Conversation Circles have been bringing together a group of international students with a volunteer native-English speaking facilitator for informal conversation and intercultural exchange.

All current U-M students, faculty, and staff are invited to volunteer to facilitate a Conversation Circle. No previous experience is required. You just need just be a native or near-native speaker of English and willing to commit to spending an hour a week with a group of international students at a time and place of your choosing.

Facilitating a Conversation Circle is a great way to:

  • gain intercultural experience
  • strengthen leadership and relationship-building skills
  • help international students participate more fully in the life of the university
  • contribute to a more positive campus climate
  • have fun!

Here are the details:

Summer 2016 Conversation Circles run for six weeks:
July 5 – August 14

Facilitator registration is open:
June 15 – 23

For more information or to sign up to facilitate a summer circle, click HERE.

First-time facilitators are required to attend one of these orientation sessions:

  • Monday, June 27, 4:00 – 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday, June 28, 12:00 – 1:00 pm
  • Tuesday, June 28, 12:00 – 1:00 pm

Please pass this message along to anyone else who might be interested in facilitating a Circle. Undergraduates, graduate students, faculty and staff are all welcome.

And if you know any international students who would like to join a Circle as a participant, please send them HERE.