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.
Application deadline is March 15.