The Institute of Shia Studies welcomes applications for internship applications for the 2017-2018 Academic Year.
Internship Description
Interns will be assigned to work directly with the Institute’s Staff in support of project activities for 15-20 hours per week. This is an unpaid internship. Duties will include:
  • searching for source material at area institutions and online sources;
  • analyzing, summarizing and filing research materials;
  • proofreading and editing written work;
  • attending and reporting on Islam-related events in and around Washington;
  • helping Institute’s Staff manage and update the database;
  • generating materials for the Institute’s website;
  • assisting staff in preparing public events, including managing mailing lists, RSVPs, and physical setup, when necessary.
  • preparing Program materials and publications.
Interns are also encouraged to participate in panel discussions, conferences and other meetings outside of their Program responsibilities.
Eligibility Requirements
Interns should be U.S. citizens or legal residents in the U.S. and should have an interest in the Islamic Studies, preferably with some coursework related to, and/or experience working on Islamic Studies and issues. He/she should have basic computer skills on a variety of software platforms. Excellent research skills and an enthusiastic, responsible approach to unsupervised work are strong assets. Those with excellent writing and/or editing skills are strongly encouraged to apply. Fluency in Arabic or Farsi preferred but not required. Interns must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate/graduate degree program, a recent graduate (within one calendar year of internship start date), and/or have been accepted to enter an advanced degree program (within the next year). Non-degree seeking students are ineligible.
Internship Terms
Fall: September – December
Spring: January – April
Summer: May – August
Application Deadlines
We are accepting applications now.
Application Procedure
To apply, send your resume, name and e-mail of a reference person (a professor or a former internship supervisor) a letter describing how you could contribute to our team and what you are looking to gain from the internship, and a 5-7 page writing sample (can be an excerpt of a longer paper). Clearly state what dates and times you are available to work.
All materials should be submitted together by the internship deadline via e-mail to: