Job Type: Part Time (15-20 hours/week minimum)
Openings: 4 (four)
Application Deadline: 1 December, 2015
Start Date: 13 January 2016
End Date: 13 May 2016 (flexible)
The Jerusalem Fund, a
501(c)(3)-registered private non-profit organization based in Washington, DC,
offers internship positions with its educational program, The Palestine
Center, for graduate and undergraduate students. These positions are based
in our Washington, DC office, located within walking distance from the State
Department, the K Street lobbyists corridor, Embassy Row, historic Georgetown,
and DuPont Circle.
The Palestine Center internship program provides undergraduate and graduate students with an opportunity to conduct primary-source research, develop writing and organizational skills, build valuable DC contacts, gain hands-on experience, and observe the extensive political and policy-related happenings in the metropolitan DC area. As important members of our team, interns gain valuable exposure to the functions of a highly productive non-profit organization working on issues of national and international significance.
All interns are encouraged to attend relevant events in the area during their internship and pursue avenues of research that are of personal interest to them, provided the research relates to the work of the Center. The Palestine Center staff provides guidance on research and logistics, helps to educate interns on the Palestinian issue and advises them as needed on career development.
Duties and responsibilities
Drafting and copy-editing transcripts of Palestine Center briefings
Drafting timely articles for our blog, Permission to Narrate
Interviewing Palestine Center speakers to draft as articles for web publication
Researching articles for our weekly Reports & Commentary digest
Cataloguing and transliterating Arabic language books for our Hisham Sharabi Memorial Library
Editing videos using Sony Vegas software for live events
Assisting with the maintenance of our website on WordPress
Promoting Jerusalem Fund events and articles on social media
Assisting with event planning, organization and set-up as needed for Palestine Center events
Conducting research as needed for Palestine Center staff and board members
Limited administrative support as needed
Current undergraduate or graduate student with a major in International Affairs, Political Science, Middle East Studies or related major.
Availability for a minimum of 15-20 hours per week for the duration of the semester (required)
Excellent research and writing skills
Excellent computer skills (Microsoft Office, Google Drive, Social Media)
A professional and friendly demeanor; punctual, responsible.
Ability to work on a team and take direction
Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
Arabic language proficiency; at least two years at the college level (preferred)
Experience working or studying in the region (preferred)
TO APPLY: Email your cover letter, resume, a brief writing sample on a topic related to the Middle East and/or the Palestinian issue, and one letter of recommendation to Samirah Alkassim, Program & Communications Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Late and/or incomplete applications will not be considered. No phone calls, please.
Example of past Summer Intern Lecture Series:
The 2015 summer intern lecture series, Gaza in Perspective: Realities on the Ground, Representation, and Broader Implications, focused on the discourse on Gaza in the broader Palestinian-Israeli context, the role of NGO's in the reconstruction of Gaza after successive Israeli bombing campaigns, and the coverage of the 2014 war across different media outlets. Click below for transcripts of the lecture series presentations:
2014 summer intern lecture series, "Palestine Abroad: The Role of the
International Community in the Palestinian Issue," which focused on the role of various international actors,
organizations and movements on the Palestinian issue. Click below for
transcripts of the lecture series
"Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions: A New Path to Peace"
"Interest from All: Foreign States in Israel-Palestine Negotiations"
"International Organizations: A New Forum for Discussion?"
The 2013 summer intern lecture series, "Exile and Palestinian Consciousness," which focused in on the aspects of Palestinian identity that are shaped by displacement. Click below for transcripts of the lecture series presentations:
"Patterns of Exile: Palestinian Refugees and the War in Syria"
"Failed Attempts to Return Home: Discrimination Against Palestinian-Americans at the Israeli Border"
"Visualizing a National Narrative: Art, Resistance, and the Consciousness of Exile"
The 2012 summer intern lecture series, "Reevaluating Palestinian Stakeholder Legitimacy," was a study of the extent to which Palestinian leadership represents Palestinian interests, and how their national objectives are at all manifest. Click below for transcripts of the lecture series presentations:
"From Grievance to Action: Mapping Grassroots Movements in Palestine"
"Negotiating Peace: Motivations, Mechanisms, and Methods"
"Palestinian Politics: Representation and Accountability"
The 2011 summer intern lecture series, "The Arab Spring Gives Way to a Palestinian Autumn: Palestinian Social Politics in an Evolving Middle East," aimed to address the impact that a United Nations vote for statehood will have on the future of Palestinians, the importance of the recent opening the Rafah Crossing and the significance of social media. The summer 2011 interns also organized and hosted a cultural event, Ahla Watan: A Night of Comedy, Music and Poetry, that was a fundraiser for the Palestine Diabetes Institute, a project of The Jerusalem Fund's Humanitarian Link program. Click below for transcripts of the lecture series presentations:
"Sovereignty and a New Reality: Vote for Palestinian Statehood at the United Nations"
"Rafah: Crossing Physical and Diplomatic Barriers"
"Social Media: Recent Successes and Failures in the Palestinian Struggle"
The 2010 summer intern lecture series, "Under the Olive Tree: Illuminating the Voices of Palestinian Nonviolent Activism," aimed to focus on Palestinian grassroots political activism, cultural expression and international solidarity and the various creative methods and practices employed by local, national and international nonviolent movements that aim to resist the Israeli occupation and produce a true and lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians. The summer 2010 interns also organized and hosted a cultural event, Ya Falasteen!, that was a fundraiser for the Palestine Diabetes Institute, a project of The Jerusalem Fund's Humanitarian Link program. Click below for transcripts of the lecture series presentations:
"The Roots of Resistance: Birth and Growth of Palestinian Nonviolent Activism"
"Politics and Poetics: Palestinian Art and Culture as a Form of Resistance"
"Branches of Peace: International Solidarity with Palestinian Nonviolence"