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Research Internships

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Overview
Throughout the year the Center for Arab-West Understanding (CAWU) gives students from all around the world the opportunity to independently carry out a research project of their choice on a topic of interest to Arab West Report (AWR),  This type of internship is especially of interest to BA/MA students who need to write their final thesis or students wanting to pursue an academic career. 
 
Responsibilities
 
As a research intern your tasks will include, but are not limited to:
 
Primary:
  • Researching topics of interest to Arab West Report.
 
Secondary:
  • Reading, editing and commenting on other research projects.
  • Report writing on CAWU/AWR related events.
  • Interviewing Egyptian scholars and other influencers.
  • Accompanying senior researchers on meetings.
  • General (web) administration tasks.
 
Qualifications
Required:
  • University student or graduate. Those with with an educational background in Arabic studies, Middle Eastern history, Islamic studies, political science, international relations, sociology, cultural anthropology, intercultural dialogue or journalism are specifically encouraged to apply.
  • English fluency as the research should be conducted in English.
  • Experience with journalistic or academic writing or editing, whether through former jobs, internships, or school publications. 
  • A general knowledge of Arab/West and Muslim/Christian relations.
Desired:
  • Knowledge of written and spoken Arabic is beneficial in order to use Arabic sources and conduct interviews with Arabic speakers.
  • Experience in the non-governmental, grassroots and/or humanitarian sector is useful.
  • Prior experience with intercultural dialogue is a plus.
 
Eligibility
  • Applicants must commit to work for at least 3 consecutive months. Those who can commit to a longer internship period will receive priority.
  • Applicants must be available to work at least 35 hours per week during weekdays between 8:30am and 5:30pm. The Egyptian weekend is Friday and Saturday.
 
Benefits
  • All internships are unpaid. However, the cost of living in Cairo is relatively inexpensive and CAWU can provide the applicant with a letter requesting funding if necessary. Depending on the university there are possibilities for the intern to receive college credit. All interns will receive a recommendation letter after they successfully complete their internship.
  • Furthermore, intern participation in cultural activities such as lectures, workshops, or seminars can account for up to 10% of the agreed working hours, provided they relate to intercultural dialogue and seek to give participants a deeper mutual understanding of the Arab world and the West. Such activities can be organized individually or by management.
How to apply
  • Send the following documents to info@cawu.org or outreach.cawu@gmail.com
  • Your resume/CV with the names and contact information of two references.
  • A motivation letter indicating the desired period of your internship, the specific intern position, and how you believe your research interests align with AWR’s mission.
  • A short research proposal including your preferred research topic and a research question/premise. Click here to see the subjects we select.

Note: After a first selection the prospective research intern will be asked to submit a more detailed research proposal. For more information on how to format your research proposal, click here.