Summer Internships at Middle East Institute in Washington, DC

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 at a Washington, DC-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.

MEI offers an array of internship opportunities that engage a wide range of professional interests and talents. On a given day, Charles Lister’s research assistant might conduct open-source news analysis of extremist 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 25 intern positions across 11 different departments, we have 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. They offer 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 the interns’ professional lives and their knowledge of the region.

More information can be found on the website and flyer or contact if they have questions.

Application deadline is March 15.


British Embassy in Vienna, Austria, is looking for a Political Officer. Apply by January 30!

The British Government is an inclusive and diversity-friendly employer.  We value difference, promote equality and challenge discrimination, enhancing our organisational capability. We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds. We do not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, colour, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, veteran status or other category protected by law. We promote family-friendly flexible working opportunities, where operational and security needs allow.

Job Category: Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Policy & Political roles)
Job Subcategory: Political
Job Description (Roles and Responsibilities)  

The British Embassy in Vienna is part of a world-wide network, representing British political, economic and consular interests overseas and is now looking to recruit a part-time Political Officer.

The successful applicant will contribute towards promoting the UK’s objectives in Austria. Covering a wide variety of domestic and EU issues, you will be expected to monitor and report on political developments, build and maintain a network of influential contacts, and take a lead role on energy and climate issues.

Main responsibilities will include:

  • Information gathering, research, lobbying and reporting on EU and domestic issues, with a particular focus on climate change, domestic economic reporting, energy (and energy security), and agricultural policy;
  • Developing relations with Austrian Government Ministries, Parliament, political parties, think tanks and other influential organisations;
  • Reporting to the Whitehall Departments and other posts around the world;
  • Arranging programmes for visiting ministers and officials;
  • Developing, organising and delivering Embassy projects and events;
  • Covering for Economic, EU Secretary as required;
  • Other duties as required.
Essential qualifications and experience  

  • Fluency in English and German (both oral and written);
  • Education to graduate (university) level;
  • Sound knowledge of Austrian political and economic issues;
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Strong ability to develop and maintain influential networks;
  • Demonstrated willingness and flexibility to work collaboratively in a team sharing a portfolio of political topics;
  • Good research skills, plus the ability to write fluent and concise reports in English;
  • Initiative and ability to work independently without close supervision;
  • Effective time management and ability to respond to changing priorities and tight deadlines.
Desirable qualifications and experience  

  • Knowledge of current EU affairs, Energy, and Climate Change;
  • Knowledge of UK policy-making and politics.
Required competencies  

Seeing the Big Picture, Making Effective Decisions, Leading and Communicating, Collaborating and Partnering, Delivering at Pace, Engaging Internationally

Application deadline:
30 January 2017
Grade: B3 (L)
Type of Position: Part-Time, Permanent
Working hours per week: 17.5
Region: Europe, Eastern Europe & Central Asia
Country/Territory: Austria
Location (City): Vienna
Type of Post: British Embassy
Starting monthly salary (EUR): 1,750 gross
Start Date: 15 March 2017

Other benefits and conditions of employment
  • This is a local staff position in the British Embassy Vienna; it is not a diplomatic designated position. The position is subject to the terms and conditions of British Embassy employees.
  • This is a part-time position of 5 days (17.5 hours net) per week. Working hours are flexible and staff are entitled to time-off-in-lieu for extra hours worked. The annual leave entitlement is 25 days per year pro rata and the Embassy also enjoys 14 Austrian / UK public holidays per year and we are committed to ensuring a work / life balance.
  • The successful candidate will be subject to confirmation of a background check and security clearance. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure they are legally able to work in Austria. The Embassy is not able to assist with any visa or sponsorship arrangements.
  • Monthly salary will be € 1,750 gross, payable 14 times a year for those liable for Austrian tax.
  • Staff recruited locally by the British Embassy are subject to terms and conditions service according to Austrian employment law.
Additional information  

  • Please note that the deadline for applications is 23:55 on the day mentioned in the above field “Application deadline”.
  • We advise you to allow enough time to complete and submit your full application, since only applications completed and submitted before the deadline will be considered.
  • Please be aware that the deadline for submitting applications is considered to be the time zone for the country where the vacancy has arisen.


Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Opportunities for Summer Research

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program is current accepting applications for Summer 2017!!  The deadline for applications is next Friday, February 3.

This program is designed to provide outstanding undergraduates with the opportunity to pursue research under the tutelage of experienced faculty members. Students work with a faculty member on a project of mutual interest for 8 weeks during the summer. Students selected to participate will work with their faculty mentor to determine the project start and end date beginning after May 1st and ending by August 31st (or August 15th for external students). Students should expect to be in Ann Arbor for the full 8 week period of their project, and to work full time on mathematical research during that period.

The projects range anywhere from math modeling in the sciences and engineering, running computer simulations or computer experiments to solving abstract and conceptual problems, depending on the background and the interests of student and faculty member. Each student will be required to give a 20-minute talk and submit a written report about the project.

Applications are welcome from students from all schools. REU participants are paid a stipend of approximately $4,300 during the summer. Please note, REUs are intended primarily for US citizens and Permanent Residents. Because of funding limitations, International students will be considered on an ad hoc basis.

If you are interested in participating and would like to learn more, please contact the Undergraduate Office by phone 734.764.0337 or by email at NSF-funded participants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. We may have a limited amount of funding for non-resident non-citizens.

Please click here for more information about the REU program.

Apply to Washington, DC Summer Internship Program: May 30 – August 4, 2017


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The National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations’ Washington, DC Summer Internship Program offers undergraduate and graduate students a ten-week professional, academic, and career opportunity internship in the nation’s capital. The program features a demanding mix of professional involvement, intellectual challenge, career exploration, and cultural encounters designed to provide interns with a rich and varied experience during their time in Washington.

  • Professional work experience: Interns are placed with one of over a dozen Near East and Arab world-related organizations in Washington, D.C., where they are expected to work 35-40 hours per week under the direct supervision of their host organizations.
  • Academic seminars: Interns take part in twice-weekly seminar sessions designed to provide them with greater depth of knowledge about the Arab world, to underscore the cultural, economic, and political diversity of Arab states, and to explore the intricacies of Arab-U.S. relations. There will be a particular emphasis, though not exclusively, on Arabia and the Gulf.
  • Site visits: Interns receive a behind-the-scenes look at many of the central institutions of federal government, national security policymaking, international diplomacy, and international business.

About the Program
The National Council’s Summer Internship Program offers professional work experiences combined with twice-weekly evening seminars that bring academic experts and experienced foreign policy practitioners to meet with the interns in candid off-the-record discussions and dynamic question-and-answer sessions. Its objectives are:

  1. to provide a realistic Washington, D.C. work experience that will pave the way to career development;
  2. to offer interns firsthand exposure to the foreign policy analysis and advocacy processes in Washington, D.C.;
  3. to incorporate a strong academic component focusing on U.S. political, economic, and cultural relations with Arabia and the Gulf region;
  4. to help participants begin the process of career networking by introducing them to working professionals in government, business, journalism, and NGOs; and,
  5. to highlight the wide range of career opportunities awaiting those who aspire to work in the field of U.S.-Arab relations, as well as to provide counseling on graduate school and fellowship application processes.

As complements to the program, interns will also be exposed to D.C. in a less formal manner via films, cultural events, embassy and museum visits, off-the-record conversations with former diplomats, group dinners, and suggestions for exploring the sights and sounds of Washington, D.C. This allows students to not only experience working in the city, but also encourages them to appreciate the experience of living in a diverse urban environment, and to take advantage of the exciting cultural, educational, and recreational opportunities available in the nation’s capital.

The program is administered by National Council professionals and staff, together with more than two dozen of America’s foremost scholars and leading foreign affairs practitioners. The programs, activities, and functions represented by the organizations and corporations that provide the professional work experience component of the program are varied. Included among placements in recent years have been educational development and exchange organizations, bimonthly and quarterly publications, humanitarian relief groups, broadcasting networks, area studies centers, international transportation companies, foreign trade associations, peace and justice advocacy groups, and a variety of non-governmental organizations.

Cost and Fellowship Stipend
A $125 non-refundable program fee must be submitted with the application. This fee helps to defray the costs of administering the summer internship program and the accompanying seminar presentations. Internship program participants, upon successful fulfillment of the program’s academic and internship requirements, will receive a $1,000 fellowship stipend.

How to Apply
Interested undergraduate and graduate students, or recent graduates, are asked to submit the following materials prior to the application deadline in order to be considered for acceptance into the Summer Internship Program:

  1. Letter of Interest: Describe why you are interested in the program and how it fits into your academic and career goals, background, experience and interest in the Arab world, and any other information you think is important for the selection committee to know. Please limit the letter of interest to one page single-spaced, or two pages double-spaced.
  2. Writing Sample: Compose a short paper on the topic “U.S.-Arab Relations: Assessing the successes and failures of American policy toward the GCC since 2008.” Papers must be in Times New Roman font, size 12, double spaced, and may be no longer than three pages. Use citations where necessary.
  3. Résumé: Most students need only one page for a resume, which should be neatly formatted.
  4. Official Transcripts: Submit official transcripts for all university-level work. Candidates may submit an additional letter explaining special circumstances that may have contributed to low (under 2.5) or inconsistent GPA or an excessive number of dropped or failed classes. All transcripts must be official. Official transcripts are those sent directly by the institution, or sealed in a separate envelope by the institution and released to the student. Some institutions facilitate electronic submission of official transcripts. Institutions may take several weeks to process transcript requests, so please plan ahead.
  5. Letters of Recommendation: Submit two (2) sealed letters of recommendation, or have the recommender mail them directly, from faculty members or others who know your academic work well.
  6. Application Fee: Submit a check or money order in the amount of $125.00 (non-refundable) payable to “National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations.” This fee must be paid in order to be considered. And,
  7. A signed Internship Program Application [link below and available at]

Special consideration will be given to applicants who have participated in the National Council’s Model Arab League program, but this is not a requirement for selection as an intern. Supplementary materials such as newspaper articles or writing samples that are not required or requested will not be considered during the review of applications.

Internship Program Application:

All materials must be postmarked by Friday, February 24, 2017. The National Council may review and accept applicants on a rolling basis prior to the final application deadline. Materials may arrive separately, such as official transcripts mailed directly by your college or university or letters of recommendation. The applicant is responsible for ensuring that all materials are postmarked by the deadline. Late materials will not be considered.

Program Accomplishments
Over 375 students have participated in this program to date. Some have joined the U.S. Foreign Service. Several work as staff to Members of Congress or congressional committees dealing with matters of foreign policy. Many have proceeded to graduate school to obtain their masters degrees or doctorates in international relations with an emphasis on the Arab countries, the Middle East, and the Islamic world. Some have been employed by the National Council and other non-governmental organizations. Still others have become professional foreign affairs journalists or work with influential multinational corporations. These are just a few of the opportunities that program alumni have encountered.

Program Leaders
Chairman: Dr. John Duke Anthony, Founding President and CEO, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations; Member, U.S. Department of State Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy and the Committee’s Subcommittee on Sanctions; and consultant to the U.S. Departments of State and Defense (since 1973 and 1974, respectively)

Coordinator: Mr. Zach Hrynowski, Student Programs Associate, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations

Estimated cost for ten-weeks of student housing in Washington, D.C. is $2,000 – $2,500, not including meals and incidentals. Detailed information will be provided to assist interns in locating reasonably priced student housing at area universities, summer sublets, or other student housing facilities.

Mr. Zach Hrynowski
Phone: 1-202-293-6466

U.S. PIRG Fellowship


U.S. PIRG is looking to recruit seniors for the U.S. PIRG fellowship.
In 2017 we need to defend the progress we’ve made and stay focused on what America can do and must do for the public interest. The staff will work to:

  • Keep chemicals linked to cancer out of our rivers, food and bodies by banning Monsanto’s Roundup unless it’s proven safe.
  • Keep a “consumer cop on the financial beat,” despite the protests of Wall Street lobbyists.
  • Keep big donors from gaining even more influence over our elections.

Environment America Fellowship


Environment America is looking to recruit seniors for the Environment America fellowship.
In 2017 we need to defend the progress we’ve made and stay focused on what America can do and must do for our environment. The staff that will work to:

  • Protect the bees by banning toxic chemicals that are helping to drive bees and other pollinators toward extinction.
  • Commit more communities and campuses to 100% renewable energy — and to fight to keep more fossil fuels in the ground.
  • Protect the parks and other places we love.
  • Most of all, we’re committed to inviting everybody to join us. Because no matter what our political divisions might be, we still breathe the same air, drink the same water, and love the same mountains, rivers, forests and park

Application Deadline Approaching – Summer 2017 FIE Peace & Conflict Resolution Program in Dublin and Amman


With Arabic Language Option

Conflict and the Struggle for Peace: 11 June – 15 July 2017
Arabic Language Option: 17 July – 13 August 2017
Dublin, Northern Ireland, and Amman


The application deadline for the Summer 2017 FIE: Foundation for International Education summer Peace and Conflict program, presented in partnership with AMIDEAST, is quickly approaching  The program begins in Dublin and then moves to Northern Ireland to fully explore the Irish peace process. The students then travel to Amman, Jordan and use the Irish peace process as a case study to examine intractable conflicts in the Middle East.  Looking beyond the Israel-Palestine conflict, the program examines larger inter-regional as well as inter-tribal conflicts. Students also have the option to add a four-week intensive Arabic language class to further enhance their experiences. Round trip Dublin – Amman flight is included in the program fee.

The faculty for this program have substantial real-world experience as negotiators in the Irish and Middle East peace processes and are internationally renowned.

  • Dr. Paul Arthur, Professor of Politics, Emeritus Director of the Graduate Program in Peace and Conflict Studies, and International Conflict Research Institute Honorary Associate at the University of Ulster is the program Director and teaches the course in Ireland.
  • A career diplomat, Dr. Omar Rifai joined the Jordanian Diplomatic Service in 1975 and served in Jordan’s missions in Cairo, Bern, New York, London, and Washington between 1976 and 1994.  He was a member of the Jordanian delegation to the Jordan-Israel peace talks in 1994 and between 1994 and 1996 he held the position of Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process and Director of the Special Bureau at the Foreign Ministry in Amman. Dr. Rifai then became the first Ambassador to Israel from Jordan. Dr. Rifai leads the course in Amman.
Both faculty bring theory and practice into their classrooms.  Classroom activities are enhanced through meetings with politicians, negotiators, diplomats, religious and tribal leaders.

Students also explore the history, culture, and daily life of Jordan through coordinated visits to Petra and an overnight visit to the Bedouin of Wadi Rum desert. Family homestays in Jordan offer an in-depth and welcoming experience of Jordanian hospitality.

This program repeatedly attracts strong students with a commitment to understanding conflict resolution, conflict management, international diplomacy, and the multiple conflicts in the world today.

Academic information, course descriptions, FAQ, photos, and videos of the program can be found at: