This is a call for interns in various positions at the Arab Studies Institute for Spring and Summer 2019. Below are the specific positions available, as well as general needs and availabilities for interns at the Institute. All applications can be submitted here.
Specific Internships at ASI
KPP (Knowledge Production Project) Research Interns
Interns for the Knowledge Production Project will join one of five databases within the project, each with their own mission and procedure for examining and cataloging the production of knowledge on the Middle East.
Internship responsibilities will differ by database: Peer-Reviewed Articles, Books, Think Tank Reports, Book Reviews, Dissertations, Films, TV Shows, Documentaries, Translated Books, and Websites. In general, internship responsibilities will include:
- Researching and cataloging sources of knowledge production (per the databases above.), and evaluating the content and method of production in different realms.
- Work closely with the coordinator of their respective database to decide upon new paths of research and potential leads for developing the project.
- Interns will be asked to write a 3-5 page report at the end of their internship that addresses knowledge production on the Middle East and/or Muslim World. Specific writing prompts to be worked out with their supervisor.
MESPI (Middle East Studies Pedagogy Initiative) Research Interns
The Middle East Studies Pedagogy Initiative (MESPI) is a project of FAMA, ASI's research arm. MESPI is a curated interactive platform for Middle East Studies resources specifically tailored to the needs of teachers, researchers, and students. Internship responsibilities will include:
- Helping to formulate and launch outreach initiatives in tandem with MESPI team leaders, in order to disseminate pedagogical material and to build relationships within the academic community.
- Assist in administrative and research tasks related to MESPI research and databases.
- Contribute to MESPI's development directly by taking initiative and leading new projects.
Status Audio Journal Video/Audio Editing Interns
Status Audio-Visual Magazine is seeking interns who have experience editing audio and visual files to help produce shows, interviews, and events on the website. Internship responsibilities will include:
- Edit audio and visual files for ongoing series such as The Nerdiest Show.
- Edit audio and visual files for upcoming magazine releases.
- Assist the Status team in keeping up a schedule of audio-video production.
Jadaliyya's Maghreb Page Media Roundup Intern
The Maghreb page is seeking an intern with advanced/fluent French capabilities, who can help work with the Maghreb team on its weekly media roundup. This roundup focuses on themes and locales within the Maghreb region, collecting important news, current events, and incidences that affect the Maghreb.
Internship responsibilities will include:
- Curate and annotate the media roundup and adding French content.
- Perform basic copyediting on all roundup articles, particularly the French section.
- Coordinate with the page editor for strategies and content.
Jadaliyya's Cities Page Media Roundup Intern
The Cities roundups editor will be responsible for managing, scheduling, and augmenting the material for a specific monthly roundup, in coordination with the Cities page editors. This topic is specific to urban developments, city politics, and urban affairs that occur across major locales in the Middle East.
Internship responsibilities will include:
- Curate and annotate the media roundup based on our standard operating procedures.
- Maintaining a routine schedule for roundup posts.
- Coordinate with the page editor for strategies and content.
General Internships At ASI
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: Researchers for a project on knowledge production withinacademia, 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 StatusHour.com
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, typesetting, 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: info@ArabStudiesInstitute.org
Status Audio Journal internship positions are now available.
If you have Audio Editing, Production, Post-Production, and/or Hosting experience, apply!
Internships with the Knowledge Production Project (KPP) - our massive data search and visualization platform - are now available.
Internships for College Credit
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 forinternshipfor 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.
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 forcredit, 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.
For further information on any aspect of internships at ASI, email us at info@ArabStudiesInstitute.org