This is a call for project coordinators and interns in various positions at the Arab Studies Institute. The Arab Studies Institute is the umbrella organization for the Arab Studies Journal, Jadaliyya, Quilting Point, Forum on Arab and Muslim Affairs (FAMA), and Tadween Publishing.
Below are the specific positions available for project coordinators and interns at the Institute. In the event that an applicant does not meet the criteria for one of the specific positions listed, they may apply for a general internship. All ASI team members volunteer their time to one extent or another. “Internships” fit into this formula during the initial internship period with the possibility of a stipend henceforth.
Applicants need not be based in the Washington, D.C. or Beirut, Lebanon area. All internship positions are virtual unless explicitly stated otherwise.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
ARAB STUDIES INSTITUTE
ASI is seeking a Communications Manager to organize and lead communication efforts across the Institute’s five branches. In addition to streamlining social media across the Institute, the Communications Manager will be charged with developing ASI’s external network. Applicants should be familiar with promotional design and distribution software such as Canva, Hootsuite, and MailChimp, as well as all relevant social media platforms.Creativity and leadership skills are highly valued. This position has the possibility of a stipend depending upon qualifications.
Position responsibilities will include:
Creating weekly campaigns to promote various ASI projects
Coordinate with ASI Social Media Manager to develop and schedule social media campaigns
Communicating important Institute news and updates to team members
Designing graphics for all new projects and publications
Promoting said projects and publications via graphics and other innovative means on ASI official social media accounts
Collaborating with the ASI Broadcast Team to promote live-streaming content
Collaborating with the ASI Broadcast Team to update our database of broadcast guests current with appropriate social media handles and information
KNOWLEDGE PRODUCTION PROJECT
Knowledge Production Project is a dynamic, open-access archive, search tool, and data visualization platform. This project, almost a decade in the making, endeavors to gather, organize, and make available for analysis all knowledge produced on the Middle East since 1979, in nine databases.
The Knowledge Production Project is seeking a research assistant to work on their nine databases. Experience with data entry is preferred, but not required for this position.
Responsibilities for the Database research assistant will include:
Researching and cataloging book reviews, films, dissertations, or articles related to the Middle East.
Evaluating the content and method of production of said products.
Work closely with the database coordinator to decide upon new paths of research.
Jadaliyya is an independent e-zine that provides a unique source of insight and critical analysis that combines local knowledge, scholarship, and advocacy with an eye to audiences in the United States, the Middle East and beyond.
Media Roundup Coordinators:
Media roundup editors will be responsible for managing, scheduling, and augmenting the material for either a weekly or monthly roundup for a particular page, in coordination with the page editors. Positions are available for Jadaliyya’s Maghreb Page, Palestine Page, Environment Page, Arabian Peninsula, and Turkey Page. Jadaliyya is seeking applicants who can speak English, Arabic, French, or Turkish.
Internship responsibilities will include:
Curate and annotate the media roundup based on our standard operating procedures.
Perform basic copyediting on all roundup articles.
Maintaining a routine monthly schedule for roundup posts.
Coordinate with the page editor for strategies and content.
MESPI (Middle East Studies Pedagogy Initiative)
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.
Peer-Reviewed Articles Review Assistant:
The Peer-Reviewed Article Reviews team curates a collection of journals and their articles concerned with the Middle East and Arab world. This series is published seasonally. Each issue consists of one-to-three parts, depending on the number of articles included.
Internship responsibilities will include:
Mining and cataloging peer-reviewed articles on or about the Middle East
Analyzing samples of data and identifying trends in knowledge production around a specific country or topic
Geographies of the Future - Research Assistant:
ASI is co-sponsor of “Geographies of the Future: Traveling the Arab-majority world through virtual reality” which brings together 8 artists/artist collectives from the MENA/SWANA region to render impossible worlds and alternative futures through experimentation with virtual media and film. The exhibition will be installed simultaneously at several US universities and an institution in the MENA/SWANA region, in Fall 2024.
The project is looking for a Research Assistant/intern to provide support with exhibition fundraising, promotion and coordination. The ideal Research Assistant/intern would have an interest in contemporary art/photography/digital media and the environment. Skills in graphic design, (experience with SketchUp/Adobe Suite is a plus) and/or web design experience would be a plus. The RA will gain skills in grant writing/proof reading for applications to major US funders including NEH, exhibition design and implementation, and supporting with project and stakeholder management. This is an exciting opportunity for any student/graduate who would like to help realise an ambitious project, alongside a collaborative team of academics, activists and curators.
Of foremost concern to ASI is the benefits the student will receive while completing this program, and we expect that each student intern will have the opportunity to achieve the following benefits in addition to working toward academic credit:
Practical knowledge of the field
Opportunity to explore career avenues
Valuable experience for CVs/resumes
Increased practice-based self-confidence
Training that enhances conventional classroom learning methods
Letters of recommendation from supervisor(s) and co-workers
[Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.]