Internships Opportunities in the Middle East for Summer 2012

Here are two great opportunities for Middle East Studies students to utilize their education in an international setting this summer

– Politics in the Field

Turkey Exchange (Istanbul & Ankara)/July 5-15 2012

Politics in the Field, an initiative of the International Forum for Democracy and Peace, offers a unique political trip to Turkey to experience the country’s newly ascertained political culture, economic power, and regional as well as international role in the world, first hand. Turkey seeks to pursue an active role in its region, however, the debates about Turkey’s newly proactive foreign policy are predominantly carried out by western and global media outlets. The participants will be allowed to make their own decisions about Turkey’s new political role via dialogue with some of Turkey’s leaders themselves.

The Turkey trip will take place in Istanbul and Ankara. Downtown accommodation, domestic transportation, and all meetings/visits will be covered via the program fee, while participants will be expected to arrange their own round-trip flights from their home cities to Istanbul.

The Turkey trip will focus on the role of  Turkey in the Arab Spring, Turkey ahead of it’s new constitution, Turkey and the Kurdish question and Turkey’s much debated new foreign policy in regard to its position on the Syrian crisis.

The participants will have a series of round table meetings, and field trips in both cities. The trip will include;

* Meetings with MP’s from all political parties represented in the parliament, and high level bureaucrats; NGO’s; Syrian opposition representatives in Turkey; Academics; and interest group representatives.

* Additionally, there will be opportunities for an exchange of ideas with minority leaders; Visits to religious institutions; Lunch/dinner meetings with journalists; Guided field trips to historical, religious, and political landmarks; and visits to media institutions.

Politics in the Field is now forming the schedule from the pool of institutions below and independent academics, experts and journalists:

AK Party
CHP – Republican People’s Party
MHP – Nationalist Movement Party
BDP- Peace and Democracy Party
Turkish Airlines
Ministry for European Union Affairs of Turkey
Istanbul Municipality

US Consulate in Istanbul

Istanbul Bilgi University

Hagia Sophia



Religious Affairs Department of Turkey


Skyturk TV




Istanbul Modern

Galata Mevlevihanesi (Rumi House)

Topkapı Palace

Beyoglu Municipality

Jewish Community of Turkey

Armenian Community of Turkey

Greek Community of Turkey

Turkish Grand Assembly

TOKI – State owned construction firm

Invest in Turkey – Turkish Prime Ministry

Istanbul 2020

Istanbul Stock Exchange


Is Investment


The Turkey Exchange (Istanbul & Ankara) will take place July 5-15 2012. The participation fee is $2,000 and includes domestic transportation, accommodation in Istanbul and Ankara, and various expenses regarding the visits.

To request an application, email:

The application deadline is May 7, 2012

Politics in the Field is an initiative of the International Forum for Democracy and Peace

The Learning to CARE Institute is pleased to inform you about a special opportunity for youth (18-30) of Lebanese heritage from throughout the world to participate in the Heritage Volunteer Program. This 3-week program (June 25th-July 16th) will include learning, volunteering, and touring on a program especially designed for youth from the Lebanese diaspora. Participants will learn about Lebanese culture and history, gain a better understanding of the Lebanese migration experience, see many different areas of the country and make their own contribution to Lebanese society.

The group will stay in three different base camps for a week each – in the mountains, the Bekaa valley, and Beirut – from which they will go out to volunteer, tour, and interact with the different people of Lebanon. An important feature of the program will be the opportunity for participants to get to know other youth of Lebanese heritage from many different countries as well as youth from different parts of Lebanon itself.

The director of the Learning to CARE Institute and coordinator of this program, Dr. Patricia Nabti, is a cultural anthropologist with a focus on the Arab World who has taught at both Stanford University and the American University of Beirut, and has done important research on Lebanese migration worldwide. She has become a world-class specialist on volunteerism, and is currently the regional representative to the International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE) for the Arab nations. Patricia has addressed many Beirut Exchanges on the subject of volunteering and civil society in Lebanon.

For more information about the Heritage Volunteer Program, visit and to learn more about the Learning to CARE Institute, visit


American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee News – April 12th, 2012

News update for anyone interested in Middle Eastern politics in the United States – the ADC is protesting the appointment of Dr. Zuhdi Jasser to the United States Commission on Internatnioanl Religious Freedom.  They believe that Jasser has a record of not upholding the basic rights of Islam as an equal religion in the United States.  Over 60 organizations have sent letters to Congress protesting this controversial appointment as they fear it will not lead to further religious freedom in the United States, but actually the opposite.

Read more of the article here and let us know what you think.

Turkish Studies Lecture on Tuesday April 17th, 2012

Next week the Center for Turkish Studies and the Madison Association of Turkish Students will be presenting a lecture entitled “The Never-Ending Peace Talks and the Future of Cyprus” given by Birol Yesilada.  It will take place on Tuesday April 17th at 4:00 pm in 5233 Humanities.  Birol is a professor of Political Science and International Studies at Portland State University and will be speaking about the past, present and future political climate in Cyprus, home to one of the more unknown civil conflicts of the past couple decades.

Don’t miss this chance to learn more about this hot button issue and what direction Professor Yesilada believes the conflict (or hopefully peace) takes in the near future.

Third International Conference on Islam – April 13th-14th, 2012

This upcoming weekend the Third International Conference on Islam will convene in Madison, Wisconsin and will be focused on “Islam and Democracy” amongst other engaging Middle East and Islamic related discussions.  Some of the topics to be included, through papers, lectures and discussions, are:

  • Islamic Theological Perspectives on Democracy
  • Islam, Liberalism, and Pluralism
  • Islam, Secularism, and the State
  • Islam and Nationalism
  • Muslim Women and Democracy
  • Islam and Democracy in the Middle East
  • Islam and Democracy in Central Asia
  • Islam and Democracy in Europe
  • Islam and Democracy: Turkey Model
  • Arab Spring

More information on this huge gathering of minds can be found at  It promises to be an intellectually stimulating conference about the ever-changing political and cultural landscape of the Middle East and sure to be of interest to anyone concentrating in the area of Middle East Studies.