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Internships At ASI (& Internships for College Credit Program)


General Internships At ASI

Summer/Fall 2017






The Arab Studies Institute (ASI) is now offering new internship opportunities that involve training, research, and production at various levels in one of ASI’s five organizations: Arab Studies Journal (ASJ), Jadaliyya, Forum on Arab and Muslim Affairs (FAMA), Quilting Point, and Tadween Publishing

The internships offered are in several areas, but we are particularly looking for the following:

  • Pedagogy and Knowledge Production Research: Research Associates for a project on knowledge production within academia, think tanks, pop culture, and the media. 
  • Language Editors: Editors and Copy Editors with experience in editing and knowledge of the region (Arabic, English, and/or French). 
  • Current Events Synthesis and Reporting (English, Arabic, French, and/or Turkish).
  • Audio/Video Producers and Editors: Video Editors and Producers for

                       a)  Content Producer (with experience in Middle East Studies
                       b)  Video Editor (with Final Cut Pro Experience)



ASI is looking for candidates who are self-motivated, collaboratively-minded, and eager to develop their skills in a variety of respects. While specializing in particular areas, ASI interns will develop a broad set of skills (including writing, type-setting, editing, audio and video production, translation, networking, managing, and/or administrating), especially if they remain on board for more than one term.      

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Internships involve a ten- to fifteen-hour weekly commitment that can in most cases be fulfilled remotely—the location of applicants need not be in Washington, DC. Inquiries may be sent to:

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Internships for College Credit

Summer/Fall 2017


Our Internship for Credit Program (ICP) is optional and candidates may enroll in the program after they are accepted as an ASI intern. ICP involves a minimum commitment of 15 hours per week, extensive research/engagement, mentorship by the ASI supervisor with whom you work, and a final writing project with an eye to publication.

The Arab Studies Institute’s Internship for Credit Program is designed to work with qualified undergraduate and graduate students who would like to earn college credit while participating in an internship with ASI. While the exact conversion of internship hours to credit hours will be determined by the requirements of the individual student’s program, ASI has prepared a list of standardized expectations which conform to national standards for internship for credit programs.

Benefit to the Student Intern

Our foremost concern is the benefits the student will receive while completing this program. We expect that each student intern will have the opportunity to achieve the following benefits in addition to working toward academic credit:

  • Career-related experience
  • Practical knowledge of the field
  • Opportunity to explore career avenues
  • Valuable experience for CVs/resumes
  • Increased practice-based self-confidence
  • Training which enhances conventional classroom learning methods
  • Letters of recommendation from supervisor(s) and co-workers

Responsibilities of the Student Intern

While the exact duties of each individual may vary across internships, we expect that each student intern will be held to the following standard of responsibilities:

  • Adhere to policies, procedures, and rules governing professional behavior;
  • Maintain a punctual and reliable working relationship, abiding by the work schedule and number of hours agreed to by the intern and his or her supervisor;
  • Communicate regularly with the supervisor, particularly in situations where the intern may need to adjust the terms of the working relationship (e.g., to reschedule a meeting);
  • Respect the confidentiality of the workplace and employees;
  • Take the initiative to volunteer for tasks or projects that the intern finds interesting;
  • Communicate any problems with the intern’s supervisor, or if necessary, ASI’s internship coordinator.

Internship Requirements

In addition to these general expectations, the student intern will also be required to meet the following requirements during the term of his or her internship:

  • Meet a minimum commitment of 15 hours of work per week;
  • Develop a working relationship with the supervisor, such that he or she can adequately serve as a mentor;
  • Actively engage with research assignments, with a focus on how individual projects fold into the larger research agenda;
  • Conduct a final writing project upon completion of the internship, under the guidance of the supervisor. The writing project can range from one where the student intern can reflect upon his or her internship experience to actually producing a research paper that the mentor will help place in an appropriate publication.

Expectations of the Intern’s Supervisor

In addition to setting a standard of expectation for our student interns, ASI expects a similar standard from each individual supervisor. As such, the supervisors will:

  • Possess expertise in the specific area of the internship, whether academic or administrative;
  • Cultivate a good working relationship with the intern, and serve as his or her mentor;
  • Maintain a good line of communication with the intern, and be available for any questions;
  • Be responsible for training the intern, providing the intern with the tools necessary to complete the internship successfully;
  • Outline learning objectives for the student intern;
  • Provide the necessary evaluation forms for the intern’s academic program;
  • Oversee and assign the intern’s work, and assist where necessary;
  • Provide constructive feedback and suggestions to enhance the intern’s learning experience;
  • Provide a letter of recommendation at the conclusion of the internship.

Expectations of the Internship Coordinator

ASI also maintains an Internship Coordinator, who facilitates the internship process, working with the interns and the internship supervisors to create a beneficial working environment to both the student and ASI. The Internship Coordinator’s responsibilities include:

  • Working with the student’s specific academic program to determine what conditions need to be met in order for the internship to be eligible for credit, and making sure those conditions are known to both the student and his or her supervisor;
  • Facilitating the relationship between the student intern and the supervisor, and providing support for the intern wherever necessary;
  • Ensuring that the terms of the internship conform to the standards of both the U.S. Department of Labor, as well as the National Association for Colleges and Employers.

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