Research and Events Internship


This internship opportunity is a hybrid position, split between events and research. The Research and Events Intern’s primary responsibility will be to provide assistance and support for the center’s research, analysis, and writing projects, in addition to supporting the staff in planning and implementing policy-related programs, events, and conferences. Specific tasks may include the following:


  • Collect and summarize relevant literature and sources for research and analysis papers.
  • Help in proofreading, fact-checking, and editing written work.
  • Contribute to the writing and preparation of papers (analyses, reports, updates, etc.).
  • Help in data management and presentation (e.g., archiving, diagrams, fact sheets, etc.).
  • Attend and report on external events and hearings related to the Middle East.
  • Maintain and update the calendar of external events pertaining to Middle East issues.
  • Track media coverage of Middle East issues, and contribute to creating news briefs.


  • Assist in the planning and implementation of ACW events.
  • Assist in identifying and communicating with speakers, participants, and attendees.
  • Prepare and edit event documents (e.g., invites, bios, press releases, folders, outreach, etc.).
  • Assist in the administrative and logistical tasks related to events.
  • Assist in event marketing and outreach, and audience relations management.
  • Maintain and manage the mailing lists, RSVPs, and contacts database.
  • Maintain and update the calendar of external events.
  • Attend and report on external events and hearings related to the Middle East.
  • Perform other administrative and logistical tasks as directed.

Eligibility requirements

  • Currently enrolled graduate or advanced undergraduate students (juniors/ seniors), or recent graduates (within one year of graduation).
  • Working toward a degree in a relevant field (e.g., Middle East studies, political science, international affairs, international law, US foreign policy, events management, or similar fields).
  • Academic training and demonstrated interest in Middle East studies, political science, international relations, US foreign policy, or similar fields.
  • Strong research, writing, interpersonal, and organizational skills, and attention to detail.
  • Working knowledge and familiarity with computer and data applications (e.g., MS Excel) and internet research tools.
  • Previous experience in research, writing, and event coordination desirable.
  • English fluency required, proficiency in Arabic or other regional languages a plus.
  • Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States.

What you will learn

  • Research methods, data gathering, and analysis techniques.
  • Writing skills and editing of written work.
  • Skills in preparing and writing policy analysis papers and reports.
  • Events management and organizational skills.
  • Marketing techniques and interpersonal communication.
  • Understanding the think tank nature and scope of work.
  • Access, exposure, and connections to the DC think tank scene.
  • Experience and information in US Middle East policy and US–Arab relations.

Application Procedure

To apply, please send the following items to with the subject “Research and Events Internship.”

  1. A cover letter explaining your motivation to apply, interest in the position, and relevant skills
  2. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  3. One writing sample

*Applications that do not include all three items will NOT be considered.