One of the highlights of my work at AWR was the interview we did with Dr. Amr Darrag in October. Amr Darrag was the Minister of International Cooperation and Planning in the Morsi cabinet. With a team of eight people we visited the office of the former minister and conducted an interview with him, which I later transcribed and wrote a newsletter about. It was very exciting and insightful to attend an interview with an important Muslim Brotherhood leader at this time, right after the disposal of Mohamed Morsy and when the Muslim Brotherhood was in such a state of crisis.
I really enjoyed working at AWR. I had a warm welcome of the staff from the first moment and I have really enjoyed working with everyone. From the first moment I noticed that everyone at the office shows great interest both in each other as people as in each other’s work and there was always time for help and feedback on your work. Furthermore Dr. Hulsman would always make sure that we as interns would come to conferences, interviews and meetings, so that we could learn and expand our knowledge. Dr. Hulsman has also always been prepared and ready to give good and quick feedback on the research and to help out when I got stuck with anything. I experienced the office therefore as a place where I could develop myself in a very stimulating environment.
Overall my time at Arab West Report has been an invaluable experience that will help me a lot in my future studies and career. Thank you to all of the AWR staff that made my experience at the internship so positive and to the new interns who are reading this: I would really recommend this internship to all of you, good luck and enjoy it!
Nadja Ayoub (Germany) Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich, May – July 2013
Kevin Yi (United States), BS Applied Economics and Management, Cornell University, July 2013
Marco De Blasi (Italy) MSc International Relations of the Middle East with Arabic, University of Edinburgh, June 2013
Aidan Mascarenhas-Keyes (United Kingdom) Modern Middle Eastern History and Arabic, University of Manchester, March – June 2013
Fouad Ben Massoud (the Netherlands) Economics & Business, University of Amsterdam, June 2013
Quinta Smit (the Netherlands) MSC Arab World Studies, University of Edinburgh, February – July 2013
Michael East (United Kingdom) Arabic, University of Exeter, June 2013
Rebekah Paulus (United States) Fuller Theological Seminary, June – July 2013