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Middle East Institute: The Leadership Development Internship Program Application due March 14

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 in a Washington-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.

Internships are available throughout the year to undergraduates who have completed at least one year of school, recent graduates, and graduate students. Positions are available on a full- or part-time basis with a minimum of 20 hours a week. All internships are unpaid, though the Middle East Institute offers each intern one free language class, a one-year membership to the Middle East Journal, and reimbursement for local travel expenses.

Available internships: Center for Turkish Studies, Development, Languages, Library, Programs and Communications, Publications, and Research Assistantships.

To apply: Please include the following in PDF format: cover letter, resume, five-page writing sample, college transcript (official or unofficial), and one professional and two academic references (contact information only; no letters, please).

Send applications and questions to: Alexandra BetGeorge: internships@mei.edu

See http://www.mei.edu/internships-0 for more information.

Internship Opportunities at the National Council on US-Arab Applications due April 10, 2014

Summer Intensive Language Program at the Arab-American Language Institute in Morocco

The National Council, in collaboration with The Arab-American Language Institute in Morocco (AALIM) for the summer of 2014, is pleased to announce a Summer Language Program in the Kingdom of Morocco. Students will spend six weeks in historic Meknes, Morocco taking part in intensive Arabic language instruction. Students at all levels of Arabic proficiency are encouraged to apply. The AALIM center is a host to a community of Arabic learners throughout the summer, providing for a fully immersive program. Those selected will also gain direct personal expertise in Moroccan culture, history, and society through a variety of day excursions, local outings, workshops, and demonstrations.

For more information, visit: http://bit.ly/14-aalim

A student application is available through the link below or can be found on the National Council’s website.

http://www.ncusar.org/programs/AALIM-2014-Application.pdf.

Intensive Arabic Language Programs at the Center for International Learning in Oman

The National Council is pleased to offer students a partial scholarship opportunity for intensive Arabic language study with our partner organization in Muscat, Oman, the Center for International Learning (CIL). Comprised of Americans and Omanis with PhD and Masters Degrees, the CIL faculty facilitates experiential education, cultural exchange, and comparative studies to deepen understanding, promote common interests, and explore the shared aspirations of people from different cultures. CIL offers all three levels of Modern Standard Arabic (beginner, intermediate, and advanced), as well as Omani dialect, media Arabic, and skills classic. A limited number of partial scholarships to study at CIL are available through the National Council.

For more information, visit: http://bit.ly/14-cil

Link to application: http://ncusar.org/programs/NCUSAR-CIL-2014-15-Application.pdf

Arabic Language & Area Studies Programs in Sana’a at the Yemen College of Middle Eastern Studies

The Yemen College of Middle Eastern Studies (YCMES) is a fully accredited, non-profit college that provides students and scholars from around the world the opportunity to develop a complex knowledge of the Arabic language and the contemporary Middle East. Students can study at YCMES for 5, 10, or 15 weeks, or more – programs are tailored to meet students’ needs. Sana’a, Yemen is an ideal location for language acquisition and cultural immersion. Unlike many other Middle Eastern cities where English or French or both are pervasive, Sana’a is one of the few remaining places in the world where Arabic is spoken exclusively. In short, it is nearly impossible to remain isolated in a Western bubble.

For more information, visit: http://ncusar.org/study-abroad/ycmes

If you have questions or need more information about any of the National Council’s student programs, please contact  the Council’s Director of Student Programs Megan Geissler (megan@ncusar.org) or Deputy Director of Student Programs Josh Hilbrand (josh@ncusar.org).

The Jerusalem Fund Internship Opportunity - Deadline April 4, 2014

The Jerusalem Fund for Education and Community Development offers summer internship positions with its educational program, the Palestine Center, for undergraduate students. The internship program provides students with an opportunity to conduct primary-source research, develop writing and organizational skills, build valuable D.C. contacts, gain hands-on experience and observe the extensive political and policy-related happenings in the metropolitan D.C. area. As important members of our team, interns gain valuable exposure to the functions of a highly productive non-profit organization working on issues of national and international significance.

Summer interns coordinate a summer lecture series, conduct in-depth research on a topic related to the Palestine issue and assist with Palestine Center briefings, film screenings and symposia. All interns are encouraged to attend relevant events in the area during their internship and to pursue avenues of research that are of personal interest to them, provided the research relates to the work of the Center. The Palestine Center staff provides guidance on research and logistics, helps to educate interns on the Palestinian issue and advises them as needed on career development. This internship is unpaid.

For more information on the internship opportunity or to apply, please visit www.thejerusalemfund.org/internships.

Societe Internationale Winter Internship and Intensive Arabic Immersion Program - January 5, 2014 - February 5, 2014

Societe Internationale's Internship and Intensive Arabic Program provides interns with the opportunity to gain work experience and learn Arabic in Egypt, the largest and most dynamic country in the Arab world.

Selected interns will gain on-the-ground, hands-on experience working in an emerging market as it undergoes a historic transition social and economic transition. Interns will develop their skills and build their professional networks in Cairo, the largest city in Africa and the Arab world.

Interns will also be placed in our Intensive Arabic Immersion Program, recognized by US and European universities, the U.S. State Department, and several scholarship programs, including Fulbright and Boren. The immersion program covers both Modern Standard Arabic and Egyptian Colloquial Arabic and is designed to quickly enhance the interns' cultural fluency in Egypt and the Arab world.

The application deadline is December 6, 2013. For more information please visit  available on our website: http://intern.societeinternationale.co.uk.

Change Corps 2014-2015 Training Academy for Activists - December 1st, 2013 

Social Change Corps is a paid, one-year full-immersion training program in grassroots organizing. When Change Corps organizers complete their training, they're ready for a social change job with real responsibility, and we help place them into leading organizations and campaigns. Together, we're building a movement with a pipeline of emerging new organizers and leaders to push our country forward. 

Why Now? A new, more open-minded generation is calling for a more equal and democratic America; a greener America; and an America that understands that while each of us wants to be free to follow our own path, we're all in this together. Many Americans share our values and views, and yet too often, changed is stalled on the issues we care about most. To meet this challenge, we need organizers with the tenacity and the training required to move our country forward. That's where Change Corps comes in.

Why Organizing? If we want positive change in America, we have to organize the kind of public support and grassroots action that persuade decision-makers to stop obstructing change and instead embrace it. Depending on the issue, that could mean taking on a powerful corporation or industry, a dysfunctional Congress, anti-science climate deniers, or anti-birth control extremists. In order to win, we need to make a smarter case for change, organize more strategically for it, and work harder for it.

What will you work on? Social Change is, by definition, dynamic. We'll partner with campaigns and organizations focused on issues that you're passionate about, such as women's rights, marriage equality, jobs and the economy, money in politics, voting rights, immigration reform and global warming. 

If the prospects for change are better on other issues, we'll shift gears between now and the fall of 2014. The bottom line is that the founding class of Change Corps organizers will take on big issues, face powerful adversaries, and have a real chance of winning lasting change.

Why apply? Because the movement for social change needs people like you: Bright, talented, passionate people who are willing to stand up and work hard for positive social change.

We know that finding a path to follow if you want to start a career and make a mark on the issues you're passionate about can be challenging. That's where Change Corps comes in. Social change work is not easy. The Change Corps program is as demanding as the work itself, and Corps members will be held to rigorous standards that will prepare you for organizations and campaigns when you graduate. We're hiring now for our inaugural class, which will start in August 2014, in which new organizers will partner with social change organizations working on important social change issues. This won't be an afternoon Webinar or a weekend retreat. Nor will it be an unpaid internship. It will be a paid, one-year, full-immersion program in grassroots organizing. 

In the next few months, we'll invite 20 college graduates to join Change Corps in 2014-2015. We're looking for people who are passionate about social change and who think a rigorous training program sounds like a great way to get their start in a career making a difference.  

Organizers will be paid $24,500 over the course of the year.  In addition, organizers receive paid holidays and sick days, and are eligible to enroll in our fully-covered health care coverage.  After three months, you will also be eligible to apply for our college loan assistance program. Upon completion of your first year, you also earn two weeks paid vacation.

We're accepting applications now! Apply online at changecorps.org or contact Sean Garren, at sean@changecorps.org or (301) 541-8675.

The National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations -Due Date: 1 March 2013

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 workplace 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/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.

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.

Sponsorship: 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.

Download the application packet: http://ncusar.org/programs/13-NCUSAR-Summer-Intern-Program-Application.pdf or learn more about other internships http://ncusar.org/internship.


Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee - 2013 Spring Internship
Due Date: 30 December 2012

ADC seeks college and graduate students with interest in the Arab American community, civil rights, law, policy, journalism, culture, organizing, and activism, as interns for our 2013 Spring Internship Program. Internship positions are available at ADC's national office in Washington, DC and the regional office in Michigan.

The program offers a variety of positions for leadership development. It educates students on issues of civil rights, Arab heritage, and current events in the Middle East. Students gain practical training in community organizing, media relations, research and writing, legal issues, political action, educational outreach, and routine office work alongside our regular professional staff.

Washington, DC Internships: Legal -- must be enrolled in law school, Outreach & Communications, Organizing, President's Office, and ADC Women's Initiative

General Information & Deadlines: ADC's fall and spring internship programs are unpaid positions. Applicants who are currently enrolled in a college or university are encouraged to apply and use their internship hours for course credit. Applicants who have graduated will also be considered. Work hours can be accommodated to student class schedules.

Learn more about the internship http://www.adc.org/index.php?id=211&no_cache=1&sword_list%5B%5D=internship or contact Marielle Costanza at mcostanza@adc.org

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