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Israel Victory Project Internship

The Middle East Forum seeks a DC-based intern to assist with research and reporting on issues related to its Israel Victory Project.

Israel Victory Project

Peace is only achieved when one side wins and one side loses. Until then, conflict and suffering continue. While the Oslo accords aimed to chart a new path, it has resulted in utter failure. It is time for a new approach to resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and it begins with supporting efforts that encourage Israeli victory while pressuring the Palestinian side to accept defeat in its objective of destroying the Jewish State of Israel. For more details, click here.

In Washington, the Israel Victory engages in research, dissemination, and activism in the think-tank community, pro-Israel community and on Capitol Hill to educate those that seek to promote resolution to the long-standing conflict.


  • Assist with research into organizations and individuals active on this topic.
  • Gather, catalogue and manage a database of sources.
  • Write, fact-check and proof-read articles.
  • Attend meetings and take notes.
  • Deal with other tasks as necessary

Candidate qualifications:

  • Interest and knowledge in the Middle East.
  • Agreement with the outlook of the Middle East Forum.
  • Ability to present arguments in writing and in person.
  • Good research skills and knowledge of social media.
  • Ability to take initiative, meet deadlines, show attention to details, and work simultaneously on multiple projects.
  • A rudimentary knowledge of video capture and editing would be useful, but is not absolutely necessary.


  • Washington, DC metro area.

Employment status:

ยท Internships are unpaid.

To apply:

Applicants should e-mail a cover letter and a copy of a resume to Thelma Prosser, the MEF office manager, at prosser@meforum.org, with the subject line: "IVP Internship."


The Middle East Forum offers a number of internship positions. Two types of internships are available:

  • On-location interns: In the offices of the Middle East Forum in Philadelphia.
  • Distance interns: Away from the MEF offices, with most communications via telecommuting.

Tasks vary:

Research. Use your online skills to help writers produce rigorously researched articles for large popular audiences, suggest avenues for research, and ensure that writers have up-to-date and accurate information at hand as they compose essays. For example, Campus Watch, which critiques Middle East studies in North America, gives interns the opportunity to examine a range of developments and problems within the discipline. Islamist Watch, our program to combat the ideas of lawful Islamism throughout the West, allows interns to assist with document preparation and mailings, collaborate with leading experts in the field, and engage in research that exposes Islamist organizations. Other Forum projects that may require research assistance include the Legal Project and the Washington Project.

Editorial. Learn the ins-and-outs of publishing by working with the managing editor of the Middle East Quarterly in a variety of tasks, including fact-checking, research, proofreading, advertising, and subscription efforts.

Writing. Want to break into print? Forum staff is ready to help you pick a topic, write an article, and place it.

Web Publishing. Help maintain and expand this website (Meforum.org).

Fundraising. Learn how a non-profit raises general operating and project funds from individuals, foundations, and others.

These positions are available throughout the year.

Internships are unpaid. The Forum does reimburse for local transportation expenses and takes part in work-study programs, when applicable.

In some cases, students can receive school credit for their internships at the Forum.

Former MEF interns have gone on to own businesses with interests in the Middle East; join the professional staff of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee; serve as officers in the U.S. Army; write for Fox News and The Wall Street Journal; and work for the U.S. House Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade.

Students interested in an internship position should e-mail a cover letter and a copy of their resumes to Thelma Prosser, the office manager, at prosser@meforum.org. Any questions should also be directed to Ms. Prosser.

Volunteering for the Middle East Forum

The Middle East Forum invites professionals to serve as part- and full-time volunteers, thus complementing its student internship program.


Volunteers are sought to work on a variety of tasks:

  • Research.
  • Writing.
  • Proof reading.
  • Administration.
  • Fundraising.

Qualities sought:

  • An outlook consonant with that of the Forum (on which, see details).
  • Understanding of American interests in the Middle East and strategic cooperation with allies in the region.
  • Familiarity with the contemporary Middle East, the academic study of the region, and radical Islam.
  • Knowledge of a Middle Eastern language desirable but not required.
  • Skills at Internet-based research.


  • Volunteers who reside in the Philadelphia may work at the Middle East Forum offices.
  • Volunteers who live elsewhere are invited to use electronic communications and work from where they are. An Internet connection is required in this case.


  • Openings for full- and part-time unpaid volunteer positions available.
  • Reimbursements are paid for commuting expenses within the Philadelphia area.

To apply, send:

  • A cover letter explaining your interest and qualifications for the position.
  • A resume.
  • The names of three references.


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