Immediate Internship Opening – Languages and Regional Studies Department

The Middle East Institute in Washington, D.C. has an immediate internship opening in the Department of Languages and Regional Studies. Internships at the Middle East Institute (MEI) are designed to provide students or recent graduates considering a career in a Middle East related field with hands-on experience in a Washington-based, nonprofit organization that focuses exclusively on the Middle East. Interns obtain guidance, experience, and exposure to the Washington policy and scholarly community while helping out with the everyday operations of the Middle East Institute. Although there is no financial compensation for interns, MEI does offer each intern one free language class, a one-year electronic membership to MEI, and reimbursement for local travel expenses.

The Department of Languages and Regional Studies provides language classes in Arabic, Hebrew, Persian and Turkish. The language school enrolls between 200-300 students every quarter. Language Department interns would play a crucial role in the development, execution and promotion of the language classes. Interns in the language department should have experience working with people, capacity for multi-tasking and problem solving skills. Department interns would also need to be strong in both verbal and written communication. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

1) Accreditation & Policies: Drafting and editing evolving department policies to assist with expansion of accreditation status. Assist the Accreditation Manager with research and statistics for the Department.

2) Website: Contributions to and creative ideas for enhancing the quality and quantity of information available on the department website. Interns would be collecting data and information about teachers and students to compile for statistics and online profiles.

3) Course Support: Assist with set up for evening classes and be available to students and teachers to answer questions, register students for classes and sell books and materials.

4) Record Keeping: Interns would also assist with updating and maintaining department files and student records.

5) Marketing & Outreach: The Department interns would also be involved in creative marketing and outreach to develop and expand the language program. Interns will help create and present informational material to promote the language school in the area.

Technical Skills:
-Experience with the Microsoft Office Suite, particularly Excel, is essential.

Start date: February 21, 2011
End date: May 13, 2011
Application deadline: February 14, 2011
Hours per week: 20
Compensation: Paid

How to apply:

Please send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample (no more than five pages) to