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As an Arabic-English translation intern you will play a key role in our organization. By consistently selecting, interpreting and translating materials in a quality manner you will directly help us correcting misconceptions that exist due to language and cultural barriers, while at the same time improving your own linguistic capabilities.
As an Arabic-English translation intern your tasks might include, but are not limited to:
  • Monitoring English and Arabic (online) newspapers and select relevant material to be translated and summarized for our database.
  • Making English summary translations of Arabic press articles.
  • Making full English translations of a variety of Arabic texts, including opinion articles, reports and interviews.
  • Writing media critiques.
  • Making specialized overviews of Arabic press articles on occasions when there is a significant amount of media coverage on a particular topic. 
  • Assisting with the presentation of translated material for the English and Arabic versions of our e-magazine. 
  • Researching particular phrases, terminologies, or concepts to find the appropriate meaning in the target language. 
  • Proofreading already translated material for accuracy, meaning, and thoroughness. 
  • Ensuring that transliteration and formatting are consistent. 
  • General (web) administrative tasks.
  • University student or graduate with an educational background in Arabic studies, Middle Eastern studies, English, translation or a related field.
  • Ability to read and comprehend Arabic language news articles and other written materials for meaning and factual accuracy in a timely manner. 
  • Advanced capability to communicate effectively in both written and spoken English. 
  • Capacity to translate material from Modern Standard Arabic to English.
  • The ability to simultaneously work on multiple projects in an effective manner.
  • A general knowledge of Arab/West and Muslim/Christian relations.
  • Previous translation experience is a plus. However, a natural linguistic talent and eagerness to learn is equally acceptable! 
  • Any experience with journalistic or academic writing or editing, whether through former jobs, internships, or a school publication is useful. 
  • Prior experience with basic web administrative duties is a plus. 
  • Experience in the non-governmental, grassroots and/or humanitarian sector is beneficial. 
  • Applicants must commit to work for at least 2 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.
  • 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 [email protected] or [email protected]
  • Your resume/CV with the names and contact information of two references.
  • A motivation letter, including the desired period of your internship and the specific intern position.
  • Note: After a first selection the prospective translation intern will be asked to do a proof translation in order to determine his/her translation skills.