The underlying purpose of the Center for Arab-West Understanding is to foster better understanding between the Arab world and the West. We do this primarily by publishing special reports and summary translations of the Egyptian press in our e-magazine, Arab West Report.*
Internships at our organization provide a unique opportunity to gain real work experience in Cairo, the heart of the Arab world. Interns will contribute to the production and support of our e-magazine and database, which boasts more than 26,000 academic entries. Interns play a fundamental part of our operation.
Although management will help determine your specific tasks, all interns agree to take on a defined role in our office.
Arabic English Translation Assistant
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Requirements and Structure of Internships
- Applicants are recommended to work for at least 3 consecutive months. Those who can commit to a longer internship period will receive priority.
- Must be available to work at least 35 hours per week during weekdays between 8:00am and 6:00pm. The Egyptian weekend is Friday and Saturday.
- We regularly accept students and graduates of all educational backgrounds. However, those with an emphasis in Arabic, Middle Eastern History, Islamic Studies, Political Science, International Relations, Sociology, Cultural Anthropology, Intercultural Dialogue, or Journalism are specifically encouraged to apply.
- A general knowledge of Arab/West and Muslim/Christian relations is necessary. Prior experience with intercultural dialogue is a plus.
- Interns should be able to communicate effectively in English across a variety of mediums, including academic research papers, journalistic articles, and social media. A working knowledge of Arabic is preferred, but not necessary.
- Although our interns often receive college credit, our 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. Housing is not provided, although CAWU can provide assistance with logistics, if needed.
- People of all backgrounds and nationalities are encouraged to apply. CAWU has recently hosted interns from Canada, USA, Australia, Germany, Ireland, Syria, China, Korea, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Switzerland, the UK, Belgium, Holland, France, and Colombia, as well as Egypt.
- 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
E-mail a cover letter indicating the desired period of your internship, specific intern position, area of study or interest, and how your internship will be funded along with a resume/CV with the names and contact information of two references to email@example.com.
Last updated on: February 24, 2013
* The Arab West Report is produced by the Center for Intercultural Dialogue and Translation, a civil company registered in Cairo. All internships will be arranged through CIDT.