Middle East Institute, Internship

Posted: January 12, 2018 at 12:34 pm

MEI’s Arts and Culture program facilitates cross-cultural understanding by promoting the work of emerging Middle Eastern artists, hosting them in conversation, and connecting them with American counterparts. The Arts and Culture Department seeks an intern to support and assist with research, proposal writing and relationship building in preparation for the opening of MEI’s Art Gallery in 2019. The department also seeks logistical support for events as part of its ongoing arts and culture program. For more information on the program, click here.

Prior experience with grant-writing, curation, and event-planning is highly preferable.

Please send a cover letter, resume, recent transcript, and writing sample no longer than five page to Lillian Judge at internships@mei.edu for consideration. Applicants will be conisdered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

About Middle East Institute and Internship Program:

Founded in 1946, the Middle East Institute is the oldest Washington-based institution dedicated solely to the study of the Middle East. Its founders, scholar George Camp Keiser and former US Secretary of State Christian Herter, laid out a simple mandate: “to increase knowledge of the Middle East among the citizens of the United States and to promote a better understanding between the people of these two areas.”

MEI has earned a reputation as an unbiased source of information and analysis on this critical region of the world, a reputation it has meticulously safeguarded since its creation. Today, MEI remains a respected, non-partisan voice in the field of Middle East studies.

MEI offers an array of internship opportunities that engage a wide range of professional interests and talents. 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 and Communications 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 7 different departments, we have a variety of internships that attract a very diverse pool of interns. Although our internships are unpaid, MEI works to ensure that its interns are compensated for their contributions. We 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 our interns’ professional lives and their knowledge of the region.