Research Intern – Middle East Program (Fall 2019), CSIS – Washington, DC


The CSIS Middle East Program seeks highly motivated candidates for a full-time, paid, four-month fall internship in a dynamic and fast-paced environment beginning in September 2019.

The Middle East Program’s analysis focuses on the drivers of change in the region. It is currently undertaking work on shifting social, political, and economic dynamics in the Gulf countries; political, economic, and security trends in the Maghreb; religious policies and practices in the Maghreb; and evolving relations between the Middle East and other world regions.

We strongly encourage you to review our guide on Advice for Job Seekers in Middle East Policy and the requirements provided herewith before submitting your application for an internship with the CSIS Middle East Program.


Interns have substantive responsibilities. Essential functions include, but are not limited to the following:

• Compiling research briefs and literature reviews for senior fellows and research staff;
• Briefing the program director weekly;
• Attending topical events and writing event summaries;
• Pitching and researching articles for the Middle East Program’s monthly newsletter;
• Assisting with program events and some administrative tasks;
• Assisting with outreach efforts.


• A Bachelor’s degree or higher in Middle East Studies, International Affairs, Political Science, or a related field;
• Minimum of a 3.5 GPA on a U.S. scale or equivalent;
• Strong demonstrated interest in and knowledge of the Middle East;
• Demonstrated research skills;
• Outstanding written and oral communication skills;
• Zest for challenging assignments that demand creativity;
• Working knowledge of Arabic and/or French strongly preferred with an emphasis on reading and listening skills.

HOW TO APPLY: Visit for a full list of available opportunities and information on how to apply.

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