Opportunities

The National Council Fellowships:

Washington, DC Summer Internship Program

June 2 – August 8, 2014

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. There will be a particular emphasis, though not exclusively, on Arabia and the Gulf.
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.

About the Program

The National Council’s Summer Internship Program offers professional work experiences combined with twice weekly evening seminars that bring academic experts and experienced foreign policy practitioners to meet with the interns in candid off-the-record discussions and freewheeling question and answer sessions. Our goals are: (1) to provide a realistic Washington, D.C. work experience that will pave the way to career development; (2) to provide interns with first-hand experience behind-the-scenes of the foreign policy analysis and advocacy process in Washington, D.C.; (3) to provide a strong academic component dealing with U.S. political, economic, and cultural relations with Arabia and the Gulf region; (4) to help participants begin the process of career networking by introducing them to working professionals in government, business, journalism, and NGOs; and, (5) to highlight the wide range of career opportunities awaiting those who aspire to work in the field of U.S.-Arab relations as well as to provide counseling on the graduate school and fellowship application processes.

As complements to the program, interns will also be exposed to D.C. in a less formal manner via films, cultural events, embassy and museum visits, off-the-record conversations with former diplomats, group dinners, and suggestions for exploring the sights and sounds of Washington, D.C. This allows students not only to experience living and working in the city but also encourages them to appreciate the cultural diversity of the urban environment and the exciting cultural, educational, and recreational opportunities available in the nation’s capital.

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.

Cost and Fellowship Stipend

A $125 non-refundable program fee must be submitted with the application. This fee helps to defray the costs of administering the summer internship program and the accompanying seminar presentations. Internship program participants, upon successful fulfillment of the program’s academic and internship requirements, will receive a $1,000 fellowship stipend.

How to Apply

Interested undergraduate and graduate students, or recent graduates, are asked to submit the following materials prior to the application deadline in order to be considered for acceptance into the Summer Internship Program:
A letter of interest addressed to the National Council that describes why you are interested in the program and how it fits into your academic and career goals, your background, experience and interest in the Middle East/Arab world, and any other information you think is important for the selection committee to know. The letter should also indicate the type of internship that would most interest you and why. Please limit the letter of interest to two pages.
An essay (no more than 2-pages in length, double spaced, with appropriate citations) on the topic:
U.S.-Arab Relations: Assessing the failures and successes of the Obama Administration’s policies toward the Arab world;
A résumé or curriculum vitae;
Official transcripts of all university-level work;
Two letters of recommendation, at least one of them from a faculty member who knows your academic work well;
A signed Internship Program Application [link below and available at ncusar.org]; and
$125 non-refundable program fee.

Special consideration will be given to applicants who have participated in the National Council’s Model Arab League program, but this is not a requirement for selection as an intern. Supplementary materials such as newspaper articles or writing samples that are not required or requested will not be considered during the review of applications.

INTERNSHIP PROGRAM APPLICATION:
http://ncusar.org/programs/14-NCUSAR-Summer-Intern-Program-Application.pdf

The priority deadline is February 10th. Complete applications received by this date will be reviewed by NCUSAR and host organizations sooner than the general pool of candidates. The final deadline is February 28th. All materials must be postmarked by Friday, February 28, 2014.

Application materials may be submitted digitally but hard copies of all documents with original signatures (pages 6 and 7) should be submitted by mail. Please do not submit any additional supplementary materials such as newspaper or magazine articles, certificates, or writing samples; these will not be considered during your internship application evaluation.

Program Accomplishments

Nearly 335 students have participated in this program to date. Some have joined the U.S. Foreign Service. Several work as staff to Members of Congress or congressional committees dealing with matters of foreign policy. Many have proceeded to graduate school to obtain their masters degrees or doctorates in international relations with an emphasis on the Arab countries, the Middle East, and the Islamic world. Some have been employed by the National Council and other non-governmental organizations. Still others have become professional foreign affairs journalists. These are just a few of the opportunities that program alumni have encountered.

Program Leaders

Chairman: Dr. John Duke Anthony, Founding President and CEO, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations; Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University Center for Contemporary Arab Studies; and consultant to the U.S. Departments of State and Defense (since 1973 and 1974, respectively)

Coordinator: Ms. Megan Geissler, Director of Student Programs, National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations

Housing

Estimated cost for ten-weeks of student housing in Washington, D.C. is $2,000 – $2,500, not including meals and incidentals. Detailed information will be provided to assist interns in locating reasonably priced student housing at area universities, summer sublets, or other student housing facilities.

National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations

Website: http://ncusar.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ncusar

SINARC Arabic program 2014 at the

Lebanese American University – Beirut

The SINARC summer program at the Lebanese American University’s Beirut campus offers four levels of intensive courses in Arabic Language and Culture: Elementary, Upper Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced. Each level provides a total of 20 hours per week of intensive classroom instruction, which includes
five hours per week of Lebanese Dialect. A separate intensive Lebanese Dialect eight credit course is also offered.  Formal instruction in language is enriched by immersion in an authentic
cultural context. Cultural activities include weekly lectures on topics related to Arab and Lebanese politics, history, society, and culture, as well as excursions to historic, touristic and cultural sites in Beirut and throughout Lebanon.

The program lasts from June 23 to August 1, 2014

Visit us online on:
http://www.lau.edu.lb/centers-institutes/sinarc

For applications:
http://www.lau.edu.lb/centers-institutes/sinarc/summer_apply.html

CAMES Summer Arabic Program 2014

The Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies at the American University of Beirut will be holding an intensive summer program in Modern Standard Arabic from June 23 until August 8, 2014. The program offers intensive Arabic instruction at eight levels: Introductory, High Introductory, Low Intermediate, Intermediate, High Intermediate, Advanced, Superior and High Superior. The typical daily workload includes five hours of MSA and one hour of Lebanese dialect, followed by lectures, field trips, clubs and movies which are integrated into the program. Students should also expect at least four hours of homework each day. The total of 186 classroom hours is equivalent to 9 credit hours at AUB, which may be transferred to other universities.

The program uses the Georgetown Arabic language textbooks by Brustad, al-Batal, and al-Tonsi and other supplementary materials.

The early application deadline is February 28, 2013. Students who apply before February 28 will receive a response by the second week of March. The regular application deadline will be April 15, 2014. Students who apply before April 15 will receive a response by the first week of May.

Applications may be downloaded from:

http://www.aub.edu.lb/fas/cames/sap/Pages/sap_application.aspx

For further information about the program, please check this link:

http://www.aub.edu.lb/fas/cames/sap/Pages/arabic_program.aspx or email cames@aub.edu.lb.

CAMES Colloquial Lebanese Summer Arabic Program 2014

The Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Middle Eastern Studies at the American University of Beirut will offer 6-credit classes in intensive colloquial Lebanese Arabic at the introductory and the intermediate level from June 23 until August 8, 2014.

The intermediate level is designed for students who already have some knowledge of Levantine dialect and wish to reach a higher level. Students who wish to apply to this level must have studied Modern Standard Arabic for at least two semesters.

The course will use teaching materials developed by CAMES. Lebanese films, songs, and other audiovisual materials will also be used.

The course consists of 120 contact hours, equivalent to 6 credit hours earned at AUB, which may be transferred to other universities.

The early application deadline is February 28, 2013. Students who apply before February 28 will receive a response by the second week of March. The regular application deadline will be April 15, 2014. Students who apply before April 15 will receive a response by the first week of May. Applications may be downloaded from:

http://www.aub.edu.lb/fas/cames/sap/Pages/ColloquialLebaneseArabic.aspx

For further information about the program, please email cames@aub.edu.lb.

Full Scholarship Opportunity to Study Arabic this Summer

SALAM 2014: Summer Arabic Language and Media Program

The Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center (SQCC) is delighted to announce its 2014 Summer Arabic Language and Media (SALAM) program, a fully-funded intensive Arabic language scholarship program in the Sultanate of Oman.  SQCC supports Arabic language study for U.S. students through its annual SALAM program. This intensive Arabic language program will allow students to gain a deeper knowledge of Arabic, while becoming familiar with Omani history and culture.

Eligibility: All applicants must be U.S. citizens, enrolled in a degree seeking program (BA, MA or PhD) in spring 2014, and have completed four semesters (or the equivalent) of university-level Arabic coursework.

Program dates: May 19-June 26, 2014

Location: Manah, Oman

Cost: SQCC will cover international travel to and from Washington, D.C. and Muscat, Oman, program language classes, room, board, SALAM-sponsored travel for weekend excursions, and all entrance fees for program activities. Students will be required to purchase international health and medical evacuation insurance.

Classes: Held 8:00am-1:30pm Sunday to Thursday.

Modern Standard Arabic—3 hours, media Arabic—1 hour, and the Omani dialect—1 hour.

Outside of class: Students will have access to Omani peer language partners, organized weekend trips around Oman, extracurricular activities, and weekly lectures.

Housing: Shared student housing, provided by the program.

The program also provides: three meals a day, transportation to and from student housing and the university, internet access, and laundry and gym facilities onsite.

To submit an application, or for more information, please visit the SQCC website at https://sqcc.org/Scholarships-0024-Fellowships/SALAM-Application.aspx

Complete applications due February 14, 2014

The Indiana University Summer Language Workshop

George Mason University would like to invite students to participate in their Summer 2014 Israel and Palestine internship Program.  Over 9 weeks, students participate in a 1 week seminar on Arab-Israeli relations and spend two months interning for an organization in either the Palestinian territories or Israel.

Summer 2014 will be the 8th straight year of the program, led by Dr. Yehuda Lukacs.

The internships will be related to Conflict Resolution, Politics, International Relations, Human Rights, Sociology/Anthropology, Economics, or Business and Finance in Israel and Palestine.

Students can view more about the program by visiting the link below:
http://globaled.gmu.edu/programs/internships/israel&palestineintern.html

Application deadline: March 7, 2014

 

 

 

ArteEast invites accomplished undergraduates and graduate students to apply for a December-May Internship at ArteEast

http://arteeast.org/pages/opportunities
ArteEast thrives on the support of its dedicated volunteers. We offer an array of opportunities, including program planning, collateral distribution, research, print coordination, Web management and more.

The ArteEast internship program is structured to coordinate applicants’ interests, backgrounds and schedules with the needs of our organization. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide financial assistance, housing, or stipends. We do offer interns invaluable work experience within a major international arts organization, and free access to all ArteEast programs during the internship period.

We look forward to having you on board!

Intern Program:
ArteEast, an organization dedicated to promoting the visibility of the arts and cultures of the Middle East in the United States, is looking for a Social Media Intern, Curatorial Intern, Development/Fundraising & Communications intern, and Web Development & Programming Intern.

Social Media Intern
Position Overview:
ArteEast seeks web 2.0 and media-savvy interns to increase the organization’s web presence and advertise our programming. The intern will be responsible for monitoring the news for stories relevant to ArteEast’s work, updating our websites and social media platforms, and developing and implementing creative and strategic advertising campaigns. The Social Media Intern will gain substantive, hands-on experience in media relations, graphic design, and public affairs. Our team is small and tight-knit. We value our interns’ contributions and in return provide a mentoring environment with substantive learning opportunities.

Intern will also support general administrative tasks and organization operations.

Tasks:
• Analyze website analytics (Google, Twitter and Facebook) to provide ArteEast with a snapshot of our web presence
• Developing guerrilla media strategies (utilizing YouTube Channel and other online platforms)
• Offer creative strategies for increasing subscriber count and interactivity online
• Maintain and provide daily updates to Facebook, twitter, and other online social media platforms
• Research the most current social media platforms and offer strategies and recommendations for utilizing them.

Qualifications
• Highly motivated and extremely proactive
• Strong interest or background in the Middle East and Middle Eastern cinema and arts
• Experience working with desktop publishing and e-mail applications, including Excel, Word, Outlook and Publisher
• (recommended) Proficient in Internet-based communication software, CMS and including Icontact

Location and Hours:
The schedule is flexible with a 10 to 15 hour a week commitment required (minimum). Some work from home possible. Internship is unpaid.
Application Instructions : Please send cover letter and résumé to balzaid@arteeast.org with the subject line: Web & Social Media Intern.

Curatorial Intern
Position Overview:
The Curatorial intern will support the Across Histories Artist Talk Series with researching and providing support for upcoming exhibitions, performances, and events. Interns will be introduced to issues relating to contemporary visual, performing arts, and cinema in the Middle East. They will obtain administrative and curatorial skills by aiding in daily operations, implementing short-term and long-term projects, and providing general support.

Tasks:
• Researching venues and sites for current and upcoming ArteEast projects
• Tracking upcoming trends and artist works in arts and the Middle East
• Recording and uploading podcasts of artist talks to ArteEast website

Qualifications:
• Highly motivated and extremely proactive
• Strong interest or background in the Middle East and Middle Eastern cinema and arts
• The individual should be familiar with the key ideas and figures in contemporary art
• Experience working with desktop publishing and e-mail applications, including Excel, Word, Outlook and Publisher
• Proficient in Internet-based communication software, including Icontact
• Ability to work independently or with little supervision
• Ability to multitask and balance multiple projects
• Fluency or proficiency in French and/or Arabic is highly desired but not required

Location and Hours:
The schedule is flexible with a 10 to 15 hour a week commitment required (minimum). Some work from home possible. Internship is unpaid.

Application Instructions:
Please send cover letter and résumé to balzaid@arteeast.org with the subject line: Curatorial Intern

Film Library Intern

Overview:
The intern will have the opportunity to be involved in the management and development of an extensive library of films from the Middle East & North Africa under the supervision of the Film Programs Director
Responsibilities:
• Regularly updating the library with new works and identifying new opportunities and partnerships for archive expansion and development
• Developing and updating necessary guides and manuals for library maintenance and management
• Identifying deficiencies with the current library management system, proposing solutions and implementing them
• Managing the day-to-day operations of the library including data entry, responding to screener requests, shipping and tracking exhibition copies
• Insuring proper storage and archiving conditions for tapes, DVD’s and digital files
• Researching good case practices in similar organizations
• Working with other members of the team to help creating the online version of the library
• Developing and promoting the library services
• Augmenting the film library with new books and publications

Skills & Experience:
• Excellent organizational skills
• Attention to detail
• Passion for library management and development
• Interest in film and the Middle East
• Ability to multitask
• Excellent communication skills
• Arabic and/or French is a plus

Location and Hours:
The schedule is flexible with a 10 to 15 hour a week commitment required (minimum). Some work from home possible. Internship is unpaid.

Application Instructions:
Please send cover letter and résumé to shawky@arteeast.org with the subject line: Film Library Intern

Arthouse Cinema Network Intern
Overview:
The intern will work closely with the coordinator of the Network of Arab Arthouse Screens (NAAS), a newly established network of independent art-house cinemas and cultural institutions united by the common goal to develop cinema culture across the Arab world by bringing the best of local, regional and world cinema to our large combined audiences.

Responsibilities:
• Responsible for gathering content from member organizations, and producing the monthly newsletter
• Regularly updating the news section on the website
• Updating social media accounts with relevant information from within and outside the network
• Producing regular reports with information about member organizations
• Researching potential collaborations with other organizations and good case practices in similar networks/ organizations
• Preparing for virtual and physical meetings and trainings
• Engaging with member organizations to respond to their needs and proposing new ideas for the development of the network

Skills & Experience:
• Excellent organizational skills
• Passion for independent film and arthouse cinema
• Interest in learning about film and cinema culture in the Middle East
• Excellent writing and communication skills
• Excellent Arabic and/or French is a huge plus

Location and Hours:
The schedule is flexible with a 10 to 15 hour a week commitment required (minimum). Some work from home possible. Internship is unpaid.

Application Instructions:
Please send cover letter and résumé to balzaid@arteeast.org with the subject line: Arthouse Cinema Network Intern

Development/Fundraising & Communications Intern

Position Overview:
The Development and Communications intern should possess a high degree of familiarity and interest in the Middle East. The intern will provide support to the Director of Development and Communications by researching foundations, corporations and other funding opportunities; draft and edit LOIs, grant proposals and more; assist with shipping, contacting donors; integrate ArteEast into social media platforms and help actively update sites and connections; and more. We are seeking an intern who is eager to delve into actual work and accept a high level of responsibility. Our team is small and tight-knit. We appreciate our interns’ contributions and in return provide a mentoring environment, with hands-on learning opportunities. The intern will report to the Executive Director

Qualifications:
• Familiarity with fundraising, foundations, government grants and donor cultivation
• Familiarity with social media and analytics
• Excellent written, verbal communications skills; and organizational skills
• Strong computer skills in Microsoft Office applications
• Acute attention to detail and ability to manage several projects at once
• Enthusiasm/knowledge/background in the Middle East and the arts
• Ability to multitask
• Ability to prioritize, work independently, follow directions and complete tasks in an effective manner
• Fluency or proficiency in French or Arabic highly desired, but not required
Location and Hours:
The schedule is flexible with a 10 to 15 hour a week commitment required. Some work from home possible. Internship is unpaid.
Application Instructions:
Please send a cover letter and résumé to balzaid@arteeast.org with subject line: Development & Communications Intern

 

Arthouse Cinema Network Intern

Start Date: December/ January 2011

Overview:
The intern will work closely with the coordinator of the Network of Arab Arthouse Screens (NAAS), a newly established network of independent art-house cinemas and cultural institutions united by the common goal to develop cinema culture across the Arab world by bringing the best of local, regional and world cinema to our large combined audiences.

Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for gathering content from member organizations, and producing the monthly newsletter
  • Regularly updating the news section on the website
  • Updating social media accounts with relevant information from within and outside the network
  • Producing regular reports with information about member organizations
  • Researching potential collaborations with other organizations and good case practices in similar networks/ organizations
  • Preparing for virtual and physical meetings and trainings
  • Engaging with member organizations to respond to their needs and proposing new ideas for the development of the network

Skills & Experience:

  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Passion for independent film and arthouse cinema
  • Interest in learning about film and cinema culture in the Middle East
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Excellent Arabic and/or French is a huge plus

To apply: email shawky@arteeast.org with CV and Cover Letter

 

Job opportunity for seniors fluent in Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, Japanese, or Korean – deadline to apply is Oct. 9th

Description:
Coverago is an innovative, quickly growing
media and financial information company
serving institutional investors and other clients
in the financial sector. Coverago’s unique
information gathering process, which
leverages a combination of proprietary
technology and local market presence, has
enabled us to build a comprehensive platform
that provides our clients with transparency and
real-time awareness of new information on
companies and equity markets around the
world.

Coverago’s products have met the market
successfully. It is led by an experienced
entrepreneurial team and backed by a strong
and deeply devoted investor base.
Coverago’s headquarters are in Newark, NJ—
and has operations throughout Europe, South
America, Asia, and the Middle East.

Industry:
Communications/Media – Other

URL:
www.coverago.com
Job Title:
Global Media Analyst

Description:
Coverago is actively hiring Global Media Analysts for our target markets. Global Media Analysts lead our news monitoring efforts and assume primary coverage responsibility for a select portfolio of listed companies. As a Global Media Analyst, you will conduct primary research on target companies and provide breaking news coverage to our clients in real-time. This role
includes all aspects of providing content to our clients, from identifying material news in local media outlets and compiling viable content sources, to writing summaries that enable investors to grasp the impact of the news immediately after it breaks.

We are actively looking for candidates who demonstrate both written and spoken fluency in Arabic, Chinese, Portuguese, Spanish, Japanese or Korean, but candidates with other
language skills are encouraged to apply. Candidates should be self-motivated, creative thinkers with a profound attention to detail and strong time management skills.

Qualifications:
• Fluency in a foreign language and English
• Strong interest in international financial markets
• Familiarity with financial terms and filings is helpful, but not required
• Demonstrated problem-solving and leadership skills
• Academic excellence

Majors include: political science, writing, finance, economics…we also have analysts with biology backgrounds. Candidates need to have a strong interest in international and finance.

Critical Language Scholarship Program 2012 Application Now Open – Deadline: November 15, 2011

The United States Department of State is pleased to announce the scholarship competition for the 2012 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program for overseas intensive summer language institutes in thirteen critical need foreign languages. CLS institutes provide fully-funded group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences for seven to ten weeks for U.S. citizen undergraduate and graduate students. Students may apply for one language, and will be placed at institute sites based on language evaluations after selection.

Languages offered: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu.

Interested applicants should review the full eligibility and application information on the CLS Program website: http://www.clscholarship.org/applicants.htm. Arabic, Chinese, Persian, Russian, and Japanese institutes have language prerequisites, which can be found here: http://www.clscholarship.org/applicants.htm#prerequisites.

Students from all academic disciplines, including business, engineering, law, medicine, sciences, and humanities are encouraged to apply. While there is no service requirement attached to CLS Program awards, participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers.
The CLS Program has planned outreach events at universities across the U.S. in fall 2011.

Check out the CLS webpage or our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/CLScholarship, as we may be coming to your institution!
For more information about the CLS Program and to access the on-line application, please visit the CLS website: http://www.clscholarship.org.