The Middle East Forum (MEF) seeks interns for five projects:
All internships are unpaid: transportation costs for interns working out of MEF's Philadelphia office will be covered. Distance internships available. Academic credit and publishing opportunities are available on a case-by-case basis.
Three can be done from anywhere:
Campus Watch reviews and critiques North American Middle East studies (MES) bias with the aim of improving education – keeping watch on scores of professors. It confronts anti-Western politicization of scholarship, intolerance of alternative views and apologetics for Islamism.
Responsibilities: monitor MES activities; provide content for articles and communications and maintain a research database.
Islamist Watch combats lawful Islamism on the premise that while violent jihad gets headlines, nonviolent jihad – in the media, courts, schools, public squares, and ballot boxes – gets results. It counters corporate and governmental support; tracks tainted campaign contributions and boosts anti-Islamist Muslims.
Responsibilities: conduct research into Islamist operatives and organizations; write and edit articles and maintain a source database.
MEF Development maintains and strengthens relationships with current donors as it builds new relationships with prospective donors.
Responsibilities: uncover potential donors using the web, social media and foundation databases; support the development team and draft fundraising materials.
Two require a presence in Washington, D.C.
The Israel Victory Project steers U.S. policy toward backing an Israel victory over the Palestinians to resolve the Arab-Israeli conflict. This new paradigm seeks to convince Palestinians that the Jewish state will endure, drawing on Israel's earlier and successful strategy of deterrence.
Responsibilities: research organizations and individuals active in the pro-Israel and peace/conflict resolutions arenas; write and edit articles and maintain a research database.
The Washington Project works to translate the Forum's ideas into U.S. policy. It identifies American interests toward the Middle East, Israel and Islamism and influences policy-makers through intensive educational efforts in the capital.
Responsibilities: research legislation, policies and positions and assist with congressional outreach.
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· Interest in the Middle East, Islamism, and U.S. policy.
· Basic agreement with the outlook of the Forum (on which, see here).
· Bundle a cover letter and résumé into a single document (Word or PDF preferred), titling it with your name in reverse order, without spacing, as in "ChurchillWinston."
· Email to Thelma Prosser at firstname.lastname@example.org by May 1, 2017, with the subject line indicating the project internship which interests you, as in "Campus Watch Internship."
About the Middle East Forum:
Founded in 1994 and headed by Daniel Pipes, the Forum defines and promotes American interests in the Middle East, and protects Western values from Middle East threats. It accomplishes its mission in three ways:
- Operationally, by exerting direct influence through its projects, each addressing a specific problem.
- Intellectually, by providing information, context, and policy advice through its publications, websites, and lectures.
- Philanthropically, by annually distributing $2 million of dedicated Education Fund monies.