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Distance Translation Internship

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The Pyramid from Haram [J. Vink]
The Center for Arab-West Understanding (CAWU) gives students from around the world the opportunity to independently carry out research projects of their choice on topics relevant to ‘Arab West Report’ (AWR). Distance Translation interns will play a key role in the direct-development of content that will help to counter misperceptions that exist due to language and cultural barriers, while also improving their own linguistic abilities from abroad. 
As a Distance Translation intern your tasks will include, but are not limited to:
  • Monitor English and Arabic newspaper sources (online) and select relevant material to be translated and summarized for our database. 
  • Producing English summery translations of Arabic articles. 
  • Full English translations of longer articles, reports, and interviews. 
  • Writing media critique in connection with journalism interns. 
  • Various ‘other’ translation services for the office. 
  • Assist with the layout and presentation of translated material for AWR.
  • Proofreading already translated material for accuracy, meaning, and thoroughness. 
  • Ensuring formatting and transliteration are consistent. 
General (web) administrational tasks.
  • University student or graduate. Those with an educational background in Arabic studies, Middle Eastern history, Islamic studies, political science, international relations are specifically encouraged to apply.
  • Knowledge of written and spoken Arabic, in order to use Arabic sources and conduct interviews with Arabic speakers.
  • English fluency as our work is produced and 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 relations and their role on the current regional political climate.
Beneficial but not necessary:
  • Previous translation experience is a plus. 
  • Experience in the non-governmental, grassroots and/or humanitarian sector is useful.
  • Prior experience with intercultural dialogue is a plus.
  • Applicants who commit to work for at least 3 consecutive months will receive priority.
  • Must be able to work for 10-15 hours per week. 
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.
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 indicating the desired period of your internship, the specific intern position, and how you believe your research interests align with the Centre's mission.
Note: After a first selection the prospective Distance Translation intern will be asked to do a proof translation, in order to determine his/or her skill.