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About Middle East Institute

Founded in 1946, the nonprofit, nonpartisan Middle East Institute (MEI) facilitates American understanding of the Middle East. The organization provides information and analysis on the Middle East, hosting programs like book launches, conferences, cultural series, and policy presentations. It also publishes The Middle East Journal, offers language classes, and runs the Oman Library. In addition, MEI is home to four centers: Center for Pakistan Studies, Center for Turkish Studies, Iran Program, and Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center.

MEI hires interns in numerous departments, including development and corporate relations, languages, new media, programs and communications, and publications. The organization also offers research assistant positions, as well as internships with the Center for Turkish Studies, the Iran Program, the Oman Library, and the Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center. Intern duties vary depending on the department and may include completing research; attending and summarizing events and conferences; tracking and summarizing news and analysis; writing and editing; completing interviews; engaging in social media; assisting with the website; creating promotional and marketing materials; making contacts; and helping with events.


Open to undergraduates, graduate students, PhD candidates, recent graduates, and mid-career applicants. Non-US citizens are eligible.

Middle East Institute

Number of Interns: 10 to 20; 20 (Summer; Fall Spring)
Compensation/Benefits: Academic Credit, Unpaid; Unpaid; Academic Credit is available. Perks: Academic Journal Subscription; Language Class; Speaker Series; Travel
Duration: 3 to 6 months; 11 weeks (Summer); 14 weeks (Fall); 17 weeks (Spring)
Academic Level: College Freshmen, College Sophomores, College Juniors, College Seniors, Recent College Graduates, Graduate Students


Washington, DC