Middle East and North Africa Intern


Description: CIPE’s Middle East and North Africa (MENA) team is committed to supporting democratic and market reform-oriented civil society actors across the region to play a leading role in building democratic institutions. The intern will be responsible for assisting the CIPE MENA team in researching current events related to the economy, entrepreneurship, and democracy in the MENA region and developing a website that communicates relevant trends to in-country private sector stakeholders.

Reports To: Program Staff, Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Team

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain understanding of issues related to challenges of democratization and development in the MENA region
  • Learn how to write press releases, blogs, and other social media communication
  • Improve communication skills (writing, listening, oral) in a team setting
  • Learn about jobs in international development and clarify professional goals

Key Areas of Responsibility:

  • Tracking current events in specific countries and creating daily news digests for program staff
  • Contributing to the development of a CIPE webpage focused on regional actors
  • Performing research to provide background information on various issues related to economic reform and democratic governance
  • Attending events on relevant topics
  • Providing copyediting and writing support

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Qualified candidates will be currently enrolled undergraduate/graduate students, or recent graduates, pursuing a degree in Political Science, International Studies, Economics, Journalism, Communications, and/or Middle Eastern studies
  • Proficiency in Farsi highly desired; demonstrated interest in Iranian current events required
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work both with a team and independently
  • Experience working on blogs or other digital publications desired
  • Enthusiasm and willingness to learn about international development and democracy

Application Instructions: To apply, please submit your resume, cover letter, and a brief writing sample (2-3 pages) to internships@cipe.org, using the following format for the subject line: LAST NAME – MENA.