30OCT - Internships, POMED - Deadline: Rolling / 16NOV


Organization Description

The Project on Middle East Democracy is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to examining how genuine democracies can develop in the Middle East and how the U.S. can best support that process. Through dialogue, research and advocacy, we work to strengthen the constituency for U.S. policies that peacefully support reform in the Middle East.

Location: Washington, DC (1611 Connecticut Ave NW, Suite 300)

Job Description

The Policy Internship offers a unique opportunity to take part in the Washington policy conversation surrounding the Middle East and North Africa, helping to inform the debate around particular issues related to political reform, democratization, and human rights.

Research interns will provide assistance to POMED’s research projects, events, and outreach activities, and may also provide limited administrative support to POMED staff. This internship offers a unique opportunity to participate in the organization’s core research activities.

The Egypt Programs intern position provides a unique opportunity to impact debates on U.S. policy towards Egypt, as well as build skills and interact with leading thinkers. This intern is responsible for producing POMED’s Egypt Daily Update, an email roundup of news stories on democracy and human rights in Egypt that is sent to more than 1,500 policymakers, academics, journalists, activists, and others. This requires surveying English and Arabic news, choosing stories and consolidating similar topics, writing summaries, translating quotes and headlines, and proofreading.

The Iran Programs Intern responsible for broad research and for producing POMED’s Iran Weekly Update, an email roundup of news and analysis on politics and human rights in Iran sent to policymakers, academics, journalists, activists, and others. The update requires surveying English and Persian news, choosing stories and consolidating similar topics, writing summaries, translating quotes and headlines, and proofreading. A strong proficiency in Farsi is required, as well as the ability to quickly extract and synthesize information. Interns will also be called upon to provide research for POMED reports, perform translations, give input on Iranian politics or media, attend relevant events and write summary notes, and help arrange roundtables and panels.

The Civil Society Partnerships Internship provides a unique opportunity for candidates to learn about policy-oriented NGOs in the MENA region. POMED’s Partnerships Program includes several projects with organizations in the region. The program aims to build the capacity of civil society organizations in the MENA region to influence the policymaking process effectively.

Job Responsibilities

Responsibilities vary by position. For specific details, please visit http://pomed.org/get-involved/

Job Requirements

General Qualifications:

  • Candidates should be supportive of POMED’s mission and principles
  • Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible, as well as candidates not currently seeking academic degrees
  • Candidates with full-time availability are preferred, though part-time schedules will be considered
  • Successful applicants will be available for the duration of the internship term: Spring – early January through mid May; Summer – late May through mid August; Fall – late August through mid December
  • Candidates may also need to possess additional skills described in specific positions 

How to Apply

Please follow the instructions found at pomed.org/get-involved.

Deadline: Rolling, but November 16 application review will begin.