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Middle East Policy Internship

The policy intern positions (7) offer a unique opportunity to take part in the Washington policy conversation surrounding the political reform, democratization, and human rights of the Middle East and North Africa.

As a policy intern you will play a crucial role in supporting our work by covering the news and debates around U.S. policy and the Middle East, writing and editing our weekly publications, engaging in long-term projects, and attending Congressional hearings and policy events. Interns will support various research activities, contribute to reports, and help plan logistics for regional visitors.

In addition, this position will provide research support for POMED reports and fact sheets, give input on regional politics or media, and attend relevant events and write summary notes.

General Qualifications:
  • Candidates should be supportive of POMED’s mission and principles.
  • Demonstrated interest in U.S. foreign policy towards the Middle East and North Africa, particularly as it relates to the prospects for democratic reform in the region;
  • Strong research, writing, and editing skills and attention to detail are required;
  • Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible, as well as candidates not currently seeking academic degrees.
  • Candidates with full-time availability are preferred, though part-time schedules will be considered.
  • Successful applicants will be available for the duration of the internship term:
  • Spring (mid-January through mid-May): Due by November 22
  • While all POMED internships are unpaid, POMED will support the candidate in receiving academic credit for their work. Staff will work with the school/advisor on achieving desired learning outcomes and completing all necessary paperwork.
  • Above all, successful applicants will be enthusiastic, highly motivated individuals.

Specific Positions Available: Regional Policy Intern; Egypt Policy Intern; Gulf Policy Intern; Tunisia Policy Intern; Turkey Policy Intern; Research Intern; Communications Intern
  • Proficiency in Modern Standard Arabic for the Egypt Policy Intern (an Arabic test will be administered to finalists);
  • Proficiency in French is required for the Tunisia Policy Intern (a French test will be administered to finalists);
  • Proficiency in Turkish is required for the Turkey Policy Intern (a Turkish test will be administered to finalists);
  • Arabic and/or French are not required for the other positions.

For a more detailed description of the positions available, please visit our websites intern page:

All interns will have the opportunity to take part in our intern development program, which includes professional development sessions, opportunities to meet with individuals working in the field, roundtables with subject matter experts, and connections with POMED’s international alumni network.

To apply, please include a resume, cover letter, and a short writing sample (5 pages max.). Applications may also be sent to

In the body of the email, please include the position(s) for which you wish to be considered. Candidates are welcome and encouraged to apply for multiple positions but do not need to submit separate applications for each.