Interns Needed for Upcoming Semester
The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs magazine is now accepting applications for its internship program. Our publishing office and bookstore are located near the Dupont Circle Metro stop in Adams Morgan in Washington, DC. Interns do not receive an hourly wage but they are paid for articles and photographs published in the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs. We offer the opportunity to:
- Improve journalistic skills by writing reports on a wide range of lectures, briefings, conferences and demonstrations.
- Gain valuable networking skills and contacts at events relevant to the fields of Middle East policy and journalism.
- Attend conferences and conventions and help at the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, booth introducing our magazine to new readers and potential subscribers and selling Middle East-related books. We also cover the conference itself for the magazine.
- Hone people and research skills by speaking to readers and potential subscribers seeking information.
- Assist our Bookstore director in filling and mailing book orders and helping sell Palestinian pottery and handicrafts at our bookstore on 18th Street, NW.
- Gain professional office experience by interfacing with customers, helping with retail inventory, conducting research for the magazine and writing articles.
- Send sample copies of our magazine to universities or conferences throughout North America and to individuals who will distribute magazines at meetings.
- Other projects may include assisting our Webmaster with social media, data entry and organizing our extensive photo archives and library.
- Work a flexible schedule of 40 hours a week or part-time usually during regular working hours (weekends only when there is a conference or protest).
- A cover letter addressed to Intern Coordinator explaining why you would like to work as an intern at the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs,.
- Resume including education, work experience, and extra-curricular involvement.
- A one to three-page writing sample. The subject could be “Seeing the Light,” describing how you became interested in Middle East politics.
Here's what past interns have said about their experience:
"The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs internship provided me with invaluable experience and insight into the inner workings of the publication process. Through the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs’ internship program I received first-hand journalistic experience that would not have been possible at many other organizations. I attended events on a broad range of topics pertaining to current events in the Middle East, and wrote recaps that were published in the magazine.
Through the magazine the interns were able to attend and cover fascinating events, such as the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee’s Advocacy Day at the White House. We were also able to hear notable speakers such as Jimmy Carter, Madeleine Albright, and Keith Ellison address pressing issues related to the Middle East. The interns were able to play an active role in the publication process, including copy-editing articles, writing articles, and creating infographics for the magazine. Additionally, the interns took the initiative to organize a poetry reading and discussion with acclaimed Palestinian-American author Susan Abulhawa.
Other duties included creating surveys for feedback on the magazine and website, working in the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs’ bookstore, organizing the magazine’s online archives, reaching out to students and universities to broaden our subscription base, and compiling spreadsheets on potential sponsors and subscribers. I strongly recommend this internship to any students interested in journalism and/or Middle East current events. In addition to gaining valuable experience in the workplace, I am so proud to have participated in the wonderful work Washington Report on Middle East Affairs is doing to increase awareness on human rights violations and to provide honest, accurate information to its readership. It has certainly been a life-changing summer!"
—Tessa Martin, summer 2013 intern, McGill University
“While at the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, I spent a significant amount of my time attending events, particularly those focused on the Arab Spring. The activisims I wrote dealt with topics ranging from the Middle East uprisings to Turkish domestic politics to nuclear proliferation. I also spent a large amount of time contributing to the publication’s growing online presence.”
—Mathew O’Sullivan, Washington and Lee University, class of 2012.
“Thank you for a great summer. I have learned a lot – about DC, about my own interests and skills, the conversations around these issues, etc. I will definitely be back in this town and will look upon my time at Washington Report on Middle East Affairs very fondly. Thank you for a fun, generous, and flexible office environment. It has been a pleasure.”
—Alia Lahlou, Al Akhawayn University.
“Interning at the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs was a wonderful experience. I didn’t get to spend nearly as much time here as I would have liked, but feeling like a real journalist out in the field, writing articles and breaking out of my shell to ask important people important questions was a fantastic opportunity. I learned so much about my own abilities but also about the Middle East and particularly the Palestinian-Israeli conflict … Meeting subscribers at the ADC convention who are truly grateful for the work we do here was so rewarding and I hope I’ll one day have that experience when I’m working full-time at a newspaper somewhere.
I never realized how many great events I would get to cover as an intern here until I started, and I’m so grateful to Washington Report on Middle East Affairs for this experience. I only wish I could have done more … the office environment here is so great and it was so rewarding to physically see the impact we, the interns, were able to have on the magazine through our ideas for reaching out to subscribers and I will never forget this wonderful experience. Thank you so much for having me!”
—Kassondra Cloos, Elon University, Class of 2013.
We’re Also Keeping Tabs on Full-Time Applicants
Are you a college graduate or a professional looking for a career change? Use this opportunity to send us your resume. We receive requests from a number of Washington, DC-based NGOs searching for talented, politically active writers, researchers, advertising executives, accountants and Webmasters. Send us your cover letter, resume, salary requirements, and a writing sample, and indicate that this is an application for a full-time position.
The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs’ staff are over-worked and under-paid but we’re pleased to be a vital part of a community working for a just peace in the Middle East and an end to human rights abuses both at home and abroad. Writers, communications and social media experts, selling gurus, international affairs graduates—send us your resumes, which we’ll hold onto in the event a position with this important magazine becomes available.