The Middle East Institute Internship Program


The Leadership Development Internship Program at the Middle East Institute is designed to provide students or recent graduates considering a career in a Middle East related field with hands-on experience at a Washington, DC-based, nonprofit organization that focuses exclusively on the Middle East. Interns obtain guidance, experience, and exposure to the Washington policy and scholarly community while developing professional skills with interns from all over the world.


There are three internship terms each year, available to undergraduates who have completed at least one year of school, recent graduates, and graduate students. Positions are available on a full- or part-time basis with a minimum of 20 hours per week. Please use the links below to explore the different internship opportunities that we offer:




Development and Fundraising

The Oman Library at MEI

Languages and Regional Studies

Center for Turkish Studies

Research Assistantships

Read the application instructions below carefully, to ensure that your application is valid and be sure to check our FAQ Page for answers to many of your additional questions.


Interns represent more than half of MEI’s staff. As a result, you will be presented with exciting opportunities to do real work that has real outcomes. There is no filing or coffee-running in this job. Instead, you will immerse yourself in issues relating to the Middle East, and be expected to complete substantive assignments with personal guidance from your supervisor. All internships at the Middle East Institute are unpaid, though the Leadership Development Internship Program is packed with other benefits:

  1.  Free language courses at the Institute in an intimate classroom setting with native-speaking professors
  2. SmarTrip card which is reloaded with $100 per month for travel to and from MEI
  3. Opportunities to discuss career paths with experts in government, academia, and non-profit and private sectors through the Intern Development Series
  4. Workshops to build skills such as resume and cover letter writing, networking, HTML/CSS coding, how to write news articles and op-eds
  5. Encouragement to attend conferences at MEI and other think-tanks in the DC area to foster your understanding of current topics in the Middle East, and to expand your professional network
  6. One-year electronic subscription to the MEI’s flagship publication, The Middle East Journal, the oldest peer-reviewed journal dedicated to Middle East scholarship
  7. Access to a network of MEI intern alumni, who work in a wide variety of fields both in DC and around the world


The deadlines for applications are:

Fall (September – December): July 7
Spring (January– May): November 15
Summer (June – August): March 15

To apply for an internship, please send the items below in PDF format to Carly Puzniak at Format the email’s subject according to the following model: Last Name- Fall Internship Application. Please note that due to the large volume of applicants, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

  1. Cover letter
  2. Resume
  3. One professional and two academic references (contact information only; no letters, please)
  4. Five-page (maximum), double-spaced writing sample on a topic relevant to current events in the Middle East
  5. College transcript (unofficial preferred).

NOTE: Interested applicants from all academic backgrounds are encouraged to apply. However, preference will be given to those applicants with superior writing, organization, word-processing, and Middle Eastern language skill.

If you have any questions about the application process or the Leadership Development Internship Program in general, please see our Frequently Asked Questions page, located below. If you have any questions that are not addressed there, please direct your queries toward Due to the large volume of applicants, we ask that you do not call to inquire about the status of your application.

Frequently Asked Questions Page

The Middle East Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from qualified individuals regardless of race, religion, natural origin, sexual orientation, disability, or ethnic background.


The Arizona State University Critical Languages Institute

The Arizona State University Critical Languages Institute (CLI) is pleased to announce the opening of admissions for its 2017 summer language and study abroad programs.

CLI offers intensive courses in 10 critical languages and study-abroad programs in 7 locations. Participants earn 8–13 credits and cover a minimum of 2 semesters of material.

Participants pay a flat fee of $900 (plus study-abroad fees if applicable) instead of tuition.

CLI also offers generous financial support, including:

  • Title VIII Fellowships for graduate students;
  • Project GO Scholarships for ROTC students;
  • Melikian Scholarships for Undergraduates and non-students;
  • ASU Jewish Studies Scholarships for Hebrew;
  • Birks Scholarships for Polish; and
  • Berkowitz Scholarships for Albanian.

Visit for details.

Priority admission and funding application deadline: January 27, 2017.

Languages include:Albanian, Armenian, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Hebrew, Indonesian, Persian,Polish, Russian, Turkish, Uzbek

PARC Research and Travel Fellowship Announcements

PARC has two research fellowship competitions for scholars on Palestine and one travel fellowship competition for scholars who are not Palestine experts but are eager to learn more through our travel seminar.

1)      PARC’s 18th annual U.S. fellowship competition for doctoral and post-doctoral field-based research on Palestine to take place in Palestine, Jordan or Lebanon. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. All fields of study will be considered. Applications are due January 9, 2017. For more details about the U.S. Fellowship Program, please see our website:

2)      PARC’s fifth National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowship Program at Independent Research Institutions (FPIRI) competition for post-doctoral scholars conducting field-based research in Palestine in the humanities or research with a humanistic approach. The program is open to U.S. scholars and scholars who have been a resident in the U.S. for the last three years. (U.S. citizens do not have to be living in the U.S. to be eligible.) Applications are due January 16, 2017. For more details about the NEH/FPIRI program, please see our website:

3)      PARC’s eighth annual Faculty Development Seminar (FDS). This 12-day travel seminar is for U.S. faculty members with a demonstrated interest in, but little travel experience to, Palestine. The seminar is open to professors from all fields of study. Professors from Minority Serving Institutions and community colleges are especially encouraged to apply. Applications are due January 12, 2017. For more details about the FDS, please see our website:

Call for Papers


31st Annual Middle East History and Theory Conference
The University of Chicago
May 6–7, 2016

Graduate students, affiliated faculty, and independent scholars from a broad range of disciplines are invited to submit proposals on any topic concerning the Middle East and Islamic world from the advent of Islam to the present day. Disciplinary focuses include but are not limited to: history, sociology, anthropology, political science, economics, literature, philosophy, art history, cinema and media studies, gender studies, and diaspora studies.

Submissions should be sent electronically to no later than Friday, February 12, 2016. You may submit as individuals or as prearranged panels, with the latter strongly encourage. Please include each presenter’s name, institution, and position, and attach a 250-word abstract with a tentative title. Abstracts will be evaluated anonymously, so please do not include any identifying information. Selection results will be announced in the middle of March 2016.

For conference details, and for information about special panels, please see the attached Call for Papers.

For updates and announcements, please see the MEHAT website and Facebook page. For specific inquiries, please write to

CFP MidEastHistory UC

CFP Deadline EXTENDED: Grad Student Symposium


The Center for Middle Eastern & North African Studies
at the University of Michigan
invites abstract submissions for its
2nd annual Graduate Student Symposium
on the modern Middle East & North Africa
that will take place on
March 17, 2016.

  • Papers must address the modern Middle East or North Africa in some way and be the product of graduate research, either at the MA or PhD level.


Final decisions will be announced via email by January 14, 2016.

For questions, please contact the chair of the organizing committee at:

The CMENAS Graduate Student Symposium is a forum for graduate students across the University of Michigan and beyond to present original research concerning the modern Middle East and North Africa. Papers selected for presentation will inform one another and contribute to their respective academic fields.

See the CMENAS website for additional information.

AIMS Travel Awards to attend MESA, Nov. 21-24, 2015

The 2015 Middle East Studies Association (MESA) Annual Meeting will be held in Denver, Colorado from Nov. 21-24, 2015. Below is information on the available American Institute for Maghrib Studies (AIMS) travel awards to MESA.

Submissions are due August 31st.

The Jeanne Jeffers Mrad Graduate Student Travel Award: AIMS invites graduate students to apply for a travel grant (between $300-$500) to attend the annual MESA meeting. Students must have been successfully accepted to give a paper at the annual MESA meeting, this year in Denver, Colorado. Paper themes must concern North African studies and all disciplines are welcome.

More info here:

The I. William Zartman North African Travel Award: AIMS invites North African scholars who have been selected to present a paper at the annual MESA meeting to apply for a travel award and stipend to the conference, up to $1500.

More info here: