Internships

We are not currently accepting internship applications.

Please direct any questions about these opportunities to Todd Ruffner at todd.ruffner@pomed.org, or call him at (202) 828-9660 ext. 24. Please do not send application materials directly to Mr. Ruffner.

Below you will find the descriptions for each of POMED’s internship opportunities. Please follow the application instructions carefully. Applicants are encouraged to apply for multiple positions if they are interested, but a separate application must be submitted for each position.

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

While all POMED internships are unpaid, POMED will support the candidate in receiving academic credit for their work.  All interns will have the opportunity to take part in our intern development program, which includes professional development sessions, opportunities to meet with former POMED interns working in the field, roundtables with subject matter experts, connections with POMED’s international alumni network.

Positions:


Policy Interns

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.

As a Policy Intern you will play a crucial role in supporting our work by covering news and debates around U.S. policy and the Middle East on the POMED Wire blog, assisting with legislative and congressional research, and compiling and editing our weekly publications. Policy Interns also have the opportunity to engage in long-term projects, report on Congressional hearings and policy events, and track legislation and Congressional votes.  Finally, they will report directly to the Advocacy Director and Associate, helping to prepare research, plan logistics for regional visitors to Washington, and contribute to reports.

Qualifications:

  • Above all, successful applicants will be enthusiastic, highly motivated individuals with strong academic backgrounds and an interest in U.S. foreign policy as it relates to prospects for democratic reform in the Middle East
  • While not required, regional language skills are a plus (primarily Arabic, Persian, French, and Turkish); likewise experience living and/or studying in the region is a plus, but not a prerequisite

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and a 3-5 page writing sample to policy.internship@pomed.org.

Research Interns

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.

POMED conducts original, innovative research focused on how U.S. foreign policy can best support democracy and political reform in the Middle East. Research programs focus on policy alternatives available to the policymaking community in Washington, DC. Core activities include the production of policy briefs, special reports, and working papers.

Qualifications:

  • Applicants will be bright, highly-motivated individuals with an educational background in international affairs, political science, public policy, or area studies with a focus on the Middle East. Prior experience in research, event planning, communications, and office management is preferred
  • Strong research, writing, and editing skills, or previous experience publishing
  • Strong ability to understand the US foreign policy process, as well as political developments in the Middle East
  • Fluency in a regional language is strongly preferred

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and a 3-5 page writing sample to research.internship@pomed.org.

Egypt Programs Intern

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.

In addition, he/she will contribute to POMED’s Arabic Weekly Wire, a weekly compilation of news from Arabic language sources, and may also be called upon to provide research for POMED reports, perform translations, give input on Egyptian politics or media, attend relevant events and write summary notes, or help arrange round tables and panels. There will also be ample opportunities to research and study other Middle Eastern countries in addition to Egypt.

Qualifications:

  • Strong research skills and proficiency in Modern Standard Arabic are required (an Arabic test will be administered to finalists)
  • They should possess outstanding communication and organizational skills, be detail-oriented and be able to multi-task. They must also have the ability to quickly extract and synthesize information
  • Candidates are required to work on at least a part-time basis, from 9am-2pm, Monday-Friday.

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and a 3-5 page writing sample to egypt.internship@pomed.org.

Iran Programs Intern

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.

Qualifications:

  • Candidates should possess a strong working knowledge of policy debates surrounding U.S. foreign policy and political reform in Iran and the broader Middle East.
  • Strong research, writing, and editing skills, or previous experience publishing.
  • Fluency in Farsi is strongly preferred; a strong working proficiency is required.

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and a 3-5 page writing sample to iran.internship@pomed.org.

Civil Society Partnerships Interns

This position provides a unique opportunity for the candidate 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.

Partnerships Interns will help develop and edit policy papers and briefs written by regional scholars and will become familiar with variety of perspectives on current issues in transitioning countries. Interns will also develop an understanding of the challenges faced by CSOs in the region. Tasks will include:

  • Producing daily news briefs of all relevant news from the region,
  • Providing feedback on and assisting in the editing and production of English, Arabic, and French publications produced by regional CSOs,
  • Contributing to the development of training materials for workshops in the region,
  • Assisting in grant and project management and reporting,
  • Performing short-term research projects to provide background information on various issues,
  • Connecting CSOs from the MENA region with resources and organizations in the Washington policy community,
  • Supporting POMED staff in monitoring and reporting on the progress of all partnerships projects, and in assessing their impact.

Qualifications:

  • Advanced Arabic proficiency is essential for this position. In addition, French proficiency is highly desirable.
  • Successful applicants will be bright, highly motivated individuals with strong academic backgrounds and research skills, detail oriented, with strong interest in democratic reform in the Middle East, and a passion for helping the growth and development of regional NGOs.
  • Experience working with a civil society organization in the Middle East and/or with a domestic think tank is also a plus.

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and a 3-5 page writing sample to partnerships.internship@pomed.org.

National Security Intern

The National Security Intern will focus specifically on issues of security assistance and security policy towards the MENA region. As a member of the Research Team, the National Security Intern will also provide support to POMED’s research projects, events, administrative work, and outreach activities. POMED partners with the Center for International Policy on the Security Assistance Monitor project, a database of U.S. security assistance to states around the world. This intern will be responsible for POMED’s contributions to this effort, including producing original blog posts and research on security issues in the region as well as uploading new content to the database. In general, the National Security Intern will also serve as the point person on the Research Team for issues related to defense policy, procurement, and military technology in the region.

Qualifications:

  • Strong research, writing, and editing skills, or previous experience publishing.
  • Interest in security assistance policy, military technology, and security issues in the Middle East and North Africa.
  • Fluency in a regional language is strongly preferred.
  • Prior experience in research, event planning, communications, and office management is preferred.

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and a 3-5 page writing sample to security.internship@pomed.org.

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