26JUN – Intern, Middle East Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies – Deadline: N/A


Organization Description

For over 50 years, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) has developed practical solutions to the world’s greatest challenges. As we celebrate this milestone, CSIS scholars continue to provide strategic insights and bipartisan policy solutions to help decision-makers chart a course toward a better world. 

CSIS is a bipartisan, nonprofit organization headquartered in Washington, D.C.  The Center’s 220 full-time staff and large network of affiliated scholars conduct research and analysis and develop policy initiatives that look to the future and anticipate change. 

Since 1962, CSIS has been dedicated to finding ways to sustain American prominence and prosperity as a force for good in the world. After 50 years, CSIS has become one of the world’s preeminent international policy institutions focused on defense and security; regional stability; and transnational challenges ranging from energy and climate to global development and economic integration. 


1616 Rhode Island Avenue, NW 

Washington, DC 20036 

Job Description 

The CSIS Middle East Program seeks highly motivated candidates for a full-time paid, six-month internship in a dynamic and fast-paced environment beginning in late August 2015. 

The Middle East Program is currently undertaking work on Middle East relations with South and East Asia; political, security, and economic trends in the Maghreb; the future of U.S.-Egyptian relation; and the long-term drivers of social and economic change in the Gulf countries. 

We strongly encourage you to review our guide on Advice for Job Seekers in Middle East Policy before submitting your application for an internship with the CSIS Middle East Program. 

Job Responsibilities 

Interns have substantive responsibilities.  Essential functions include, but are not limited to the following: 

  • Compiling research briefs and literature reviews for senior fellows 

  • Briefing the program director weekly 

  • Attending events and writing event summaries 

  • Drafting and editing articles for the Middle East Program’s monthly newsletter 

  • Assisting with program events and some administrative tasks 

Job Requirements 

  • Minimum of a 3.5 GPA on a U.S. scale or equivalent 

  • Strong demonstrated interest in and knowledge of the Middle East 

  • Demonstrated research skills 

  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills 

  • Zest for challenging assignments that demand creativity 

  • Arabic and/or French language skills are strongly preferred 

Physical Requirements and Work Conditions 

The physical demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  

Performance of duties require the use of hands and fingers to handle or feel.  The job frequently requires ability to stand, walk, sit, reach with hands and arms and talk or hear.  Specific vision abilities required include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions. 

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.  Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. 

How to Apply 

Interested applicants should apply at https://www5.apply2jobs.com/CSISApplicants should submit a cover letter, resume, two letters of recommendation, and a brief (500-1000 work) writing sample.  Writing samples should demonstrate the ability to research and write policy-relevant work.  Letters of recommendation should be sent to middleeaststudies@csis.org.  Finalists will also be asked to complete a trial assignment assessing their research and writing ability. 


Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.