Every year, some of the most talented students from around the world apply for an internship with the Near East Foundation (NEF). Being a small organization with a large portfolio of work, our internships offer a unique experience that allows students to immerse themselves in the many aspects of international development work.
For 100 years, NEF has worked to build more sustainable, prosperous, and inclusive communities in the Middle East and Africa through education, governance, and economic development initiatives. Working through a network of country offices and local partners, NEF currently has approximately 190 staff members and programs in nine countries: Armenia, Jordan, Lebanon, Mali, Morocco, Palestine, Senegal, Syria, and Sudan. Driven by the local needs in the areas we work, our programs provide communities in the world’s toughest places with the tools and support they need to transform their own lives.
The Near East Foundation (NEF) is offering paid or per-credit internships in its Syracuse headquarters for the 2018 summer term. Based on qualifications, the interns will be placed in one of the following departments: Program Development, Program Support/Monitoring and Evaluation, Communications, Fundraising Development, or our Historical Initiative. All open internship positions are detailed below. Summer internships will start on May 21, 2018, and run through August 17, 2018. Our internships require a commitment of 15 hours per week (maximum of 20 hours per week) during the summer term.
Applicants are encouraged to familiarize themselves with NEF’s goals and mission prior to applying by visiting www.neareast.org, checking out our Facebook page, following us on Twitter (@NearEastFdn), and/or signing up to receive our newsletter at www.neareast.org/ get-involved/. For application instructions, please see each posting below. For consideration, applicatios must be received by Friday, April 13, 2018. All applicants will be contacted with a decision on or before Monday, May 7, 2018.
Fundraising Development Intern (one position)
The Near East Foundation’s Fundraising Development team is looking for a research and reporting intern. S/he is an organized and systematic individual who can (1) research corporate and foundation grants, individual prospects, funding pipelines, and relevant fundraising events and provide their findings in a clear, organized, and timely manner; (2) assist with data entry and reporting; (3) assist with communication and development tasks as needed including copy editing and producing original content; (4) has a working knowledge of online research and social media; (5) assist with mailing and distribution of print and online communications materials as needed. Knowledge of the international development sector is a plus. The position is open to graduate and undergraduate students.
To apply, please send a complete PDF file consisting of: (1) a one-page cover letter; (2) a one-page resume; (3) a list of 3 references to email@example.com
Media Intern – Design and Communication (one position)
The Near East Foundation’s Communications team is looking for a Design and Communications intern. S/he is a dynamic, creative, and organized individual who supports core marketing and communications functions by designing web based and print marketing materials as well as written content when needed. S/he is attentive to details and willing to learn while engaging and interacting with confidence with office staff at Headquarters and overseas.
The selected intern is open to a graduate student or a rising university senior in a related field with an excellent track record. S/he has the ability to (1) assist with design and distribution of print and digital communications materials using Adobe Creative Suite; (2) support all social media efforts; (3) assist with developing web content; (4) Log and organize NEF’s media library. Knowledge of the international development sector and fluency in French or Arabic is a plus (not required).
To apply, please send a complete file consisting of: (1) a one-page cover letter; (2) a one-page resume; (3) a list of 3 references; (4) if available, 2 to 3 examples of graphic design pieces you’ve created to firstname.lastname@example.org
Program Development and Research Intern (two positions)
The Program Development and Research Intern is a dynamic, organized, and a systematic individual who supports programmatic research needs by playing a key role in managing, retrieving and communicating relevant information in a timely manner. S/he is attentive to details, possesses excellent analytical skills, and discretion. S/he is willing to learn while engaging and confidently interacting with office staff at Headquarters and overseas. S/he will support the program development unit.
The selected intern is a graduate or undergraduate student in a related field with an excellent academic record. S/he has the potential to (1) perform effective and timely research to support NEF’s strategy and mission, including but not limited to supporting program development; (2) utilize accurate research methods (including properly citing sources) and creating effective reference tools and (3) support special projects and contribute to proposal writing efforts, as assigned.
The selected intern possesses (1) strong research skills and ability to effectively analyze written material for relevance, clarity, and coherence; (2) strong writing skills and editing abilities; and, (3) strong computer skills including document formatting and chart, graph and spreadsheet creation.
Firm understanding of and familiarity with Africa and the Middle East as well as language competency in French and/or Arabic are a plus. The position is open to graduate and undergraduate students.
To apply, please send a complete file consisting of: (1) cover letter (2) resume (3) official transcripts (4) two writing samples (5) a list of 3 references to: email@example.com
Program Support Intern (two positions)
The Program Support Intern is a dynamic, organized, and systematic individual who supports program efforts by collecting field data, support M&E functions and writing and editing of reports. S/he is attentive to details, possesses excellent analytical skills, time management, discretion and confidentiality. S/he is willing to learn while engaging and interact with confidence with office staff at Headquarters and overseas.
The identified intern is a graduate or undergraduate student in a related field with an excellent academic record. S/he has the potential to (1) assist staff in developing reports for diverse audiences including Donors and prospective Donors; (2) provide desk research; (3) edit documents as directed; (3) provide research support to ongoing program and (6) support special projects as assigned.
The selected Intern possesses: (1) strong research skills and ability to effectively analyze written material for relevance, clarity and coherence; (2) strong writing skills and editing abilities and (3) strong computer skills including document formatting, chart, graph and spreadsheet creation. Firm understanding of and familiarity with Africa and the Middle East as well as language competency in French and/or Arabic are a plus.
To apply, please send a complete file consisting of: (1) cover letter (2) resume (3) official transcripts, (4) two writing samples (5) a list of 3 references to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Near East Relief Historical Society Intern (one position)
NERHS is seeking an intern who can join us for the summer internship term (June -August 2018) with the possibility to extend their internship through the academic year (August 2018 – May of 2019). Those who are only able to begin in the fall for a 2018-2019 academic internship will still be considered and are encouraged to apply. Our internships require a commitment of 10 – 15 hours per week (ability to do closer to 15 is preferred). Applicants are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the NERHS online museum by visiting neareastmuseum.com and checking out the NERHS Facebook page (www.facebook.com/NearEastReliefHS).
The NERHS intern will oversee the development and management of the Near East Relief Digital Museum and its corresponding Facebook presence. This will include developing new research content, inventorying and logging materials awaiting publication to the site, processing new materials and collections that are received, and sharing updates and news with NERHS constituents. Candidates should be data-driven, organized, and systematic individuals who have a passion for history, and bringing it to life through storytelling.
- Manage the back-end of the Near East Relief Digital Museum (includes uploading and cataloging content, manage SEO, google analytics, keyword searches etc.).
- Research Data Asset Management (DAMs) platforms for best practices to incorporate into our platform (word press).
- Near East Relief materials appear on other sources (Library of Congress, DPLA etc.). The intern would need to find where else other NER materials exist, and embed them into the NER digital museum website.
- Work with a web developer to add a searchable “Resources” section to neareastmuseum.com to allow for the upload of books, reports, and papers in .pdf e-reader format with functionality to filter by topic.
- Conduct primary source research on the history of Near East Relief (1915-1930) and Near East Foundation using the NEF’s archival collection.
- Develop website content using existing historical content.
- Manage the Near East Relief Historical Society NERHS Facebook page.
The position is open to graduate and undergraduate students. To apply please send a single pdf file consisting of: (1) a one-page cover letter; (2) a one-page resume; (3) a list of 2 references to email@example.com.
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org