Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Paid Fall CSIS Research Internship Middle East Program

The CSIS Middle East Program seeks highly motivated candidates for a full-time paid, six-month internship in a dynamic and fast-paced environment beginning in late August 2016.

The Middle East Program is currently undertaking work on Middle East relations with South and East Asia; political, security, and economic trends in the Maghreb; military service in the United Arab Emirates; and the long-term drivers of social and economic change in the Gulf countries.

We strongly encourage you to review our guide on Advice for Job Seekers in Middle East Policy before submitting your application for an internship with the CSIS Middle East Program.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, resumé, two letters of recommendation, and a brief (500-1000 word) writing sample. Writing samples should demonstrate the ability to research and write policy-relevant work. Letters of recommendation should be sent tomiddleeaststudies@csis.org. Finalists will also be asked to complete a trial assignment assessing their research and writing ability.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Please note this is a paid internship position.


Interns have substantive responsibilities. Essential functions include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Compiling research briefs and literature reviews for senior fellows
  • Briefing the program director weekly
  • Attending events and writing event summaries
  • Drafting and editing articles for the Middle East Program’s monthly newsletter
  • Assisting with program events and some administrative tasks

  • Minimum of a 3.5 GPA on a U.S. scale or equivalent
  • Strong demonstrated interest in and knowledge of the Middle East
  • Demonstrated research skills
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills
  • Zest for challenging assignments that demand creativity
  • Arabic and/or French language skills are strongly preferred

Apply here.