EducationUSA Internships - Middle East & North Africa

To support U.S. study abroad efforts, the U.S. Department of State would like to promote opportunities for students to spend time at overseas EducationUSA centers to meet and share experiences with prospective foreign students. EducationUSA Internships allow students enrolled in accredited U.S. institutions to share details of American life, academic programs, and fields of study either in person or through the Virtual Student Foreign Service Program. Please see the list below for application procedures and a list of current opportunities.

Countries: Egypt, Israel, Lebanon, Oman, Palestine, & Yemen

 

Alexandria, Egypt

 

Location: Alexandria, Egypt

EducationUSA Center (Host Organization): Alexandria- AMIDEAST

Name and professional title of intern supervisor: Rohayma Rateb - Director EducationUSA advising center

Length of service: 15 hours per week for 3 months or 6 months

Application deadlines: Rolling

Preferred time of year to host: Between September and December

To apply, students should send the following:  Resume, Brief cover letter.

Applications may be sent to: rrateb@amideast.org - Subject line "EdUSA Internship"

Accepts eInterns, including the Virtual Student Foreign Service: Yes, apply to both EducationUSA and VSFS. FAQs addressing the application process are available here.

Desired qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, or in last year of studies
  • Knowledge of and interest in U.S. higher education opportunities
  • Demonstrated commitment to international education and cultural exchange           
  • Preference will be given to applicants with experience with the U.S. educational system and/or U.S. Department of State educational exchange program(s)
  • Cross-cultural skills, especially in the area of communication
  • Experience and excellence in public speaking
  • Excellent time management, planning and implementation, analytical, and computer/internet skills

Expected duties may include:

  • Assisting with social media outreach
  • Presentations to international students on the experience of a student in the U.S.     
  • Compiling scholarship information
  • Developing handouts and educational advising resources                                
  • Compiling information on mentoring students for the Opportunity program

Virtual Interns:

  • Using Facebook and other social media tools to interact with students
  • Assisting in developing and researching informational material   
  • Identifying students from the host country studying abroad at U.S. colleges who can answer questions

Does the center have funds for a stipend or travel reimbursement? Are there other incentives (for-credit options; travel opportunities etc.)? For credit internship options.

Other comments: Welcome to the EducationUSA advising center in Alexandria. Please visit www.educationusa.info/alexandria

 

 

Tel Aviv, Israel

 

Location: Tel Aviv, Israel

EducationUSA Center (Host Organization): US-Israel Educational Foundation

Name and professional title of intern supervisor: Arona Maskil, Director, EducationUSA Center Israel

Length of service: 15-20 hours per week

Application deadlines: contact adviser for current availability/deadlines

Preferred time of year to host: May-August

To apply, students should send the following:  Resume, Brief cover letter - Include knowledge level of specific qualifications

Applications may be sent to: amaskil@fulbright.org.il - Subject line "EdUSA Internship"

Accepts eInterns, including the Virtual Student Foreign Service: Yes, apply to both EducationUSA and VSFS. FAQs addressing the application process are available here.

Desired qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, or in last year of studies
  • Knowledge of and interest in U.S. higher education opportunities
  • Preference will be given to applicants with experience with the U.S. educational system and/or U.S. Department of State educational exchange program(s)
  • Cross-cultural skills, especially in the area of communication
  • Excellent time management, planning and implementation, analytical, and computer/internet skills
  • High level of attention to detail
  • Hebrew desired, not a must

Expected duties may include:

  • Assisting with social media outreach     
  • Presentations to international students on the experience of a student in the U.S.
  • Compiling scholarship information
  • Developing handouts and educational advising resources 
  • Help organize fairs                               

Virtual Interns:

  • Using facebook and other social media tools to interact with students
  • Assisting in developing and researching informational material
  • Identifying students from the host country studying abroad at U.S. colleges who can answer questions
  • Creating a blog about ‘study in the U.S’ or ‘a day in the life of a US college student’

Does the center have funds for a stipend or travel reimbursement? Are there other incentives (for-credit options; travel opportunities etc.)? We generally pay, travel expenses from intern''''s local residence to work and back, and lunch allowance. If travel is required as part of work, it will be paid for.

Other comments: Please visit www.educationusa.info/Fulbright-TelAviv  

 

 

Beirut, Lebanon

 

Location: Beirut, Lebanon

EducationUSA Center (Host Organization): AMIDEAST

Name and professional title of intern supervisor: Sara El Dallal, Senior Educational Advisor

Length of service: 20 per week for 6 months minimum

Application deadlines: contact adviser for current availability/deadlines

Preferred time of year to host: Flexible

To apply, students should send the following:  Resume, Brief cover letter, Transcripts

Applications may be sent to: sdallal@amideast.org - Subject line "EdUSA Internship"

Accepts eInterns, including the Virtual Student Foreign Service: Yes, apply to both EducationUSA and VSFS. FAQs addressing the application process are available here.

Desired qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, or in last year of studies
  • Knowledge of and interest in U.S. higher education opportunities
  • Preference will be given to applicants with experience with the U.S. educational system and/or U.S. Department of State educational exchange program(s)
  • Cross-cultural skills, especially in the area of communication
  • Experience and excellence in public speaking
  • Willingness to travel frequently and work non-traditional hours
  • Excellent time management, planning and implementation, analytical, and computer/internet skills
  • High level of attention to detail

Expected duties may include:

  • Assisting with social media outreach     
  • Presentations to international students on the experience of a student in the U.S.
  • Compiling scholarship information
  • Developing handouts and educational advising resources                                
  • Compiling information on mentoring students for the Opportunity program
  • Helping organize pre-departure orientations
  • Helping with Competitive College Club
  • Helping students with feedback about their application essays
  • Helping in filling applications 

Virtual Interns:

  • Using Facebook and other social media tools to interact with students
  • Assisting in developing and researching informational material   
  • Creating a blog about ‘study in the U.S.’ or ‘a day in the life of a US college student’
  • Identifying students from the host country studying abroad at U.S. colleges who can answer questions

Does the center have funds for a stipend or travel reimbursement? No

Other comments: Please visitwww.educationusa.info/Beirut

 

 

Muscat, Oman

 

Location: Muscat, Oman

EducationUSA Center (Host Organization): AMIDEAST

Name and professional title of intern supervisor: Kathryn Conrad, Educational Advisor/Scholarship Officer

Length of service: 20 hrs/week for 3-6 months; negotiable

Preferred time of year to host: Flexible

To apply, students should send the following:  Resume, Brief cover letter

Applications may be sent to: kconrad@amideast.org , Subject line "EdUSA Internship"

Application deadlines: January 31st 2012 (for spring & summer opportunities) and May 31st 2012 (for fall/winter opportunities)

Accepts eInterns, including the Virtual Student Foreign Service: Yes, apply to both EducationUSA and VSFS. FAQs addressing the application process are available here.

Desired qualifications:

  • Undergraduate students, fresh grads or graduate students welcome
  • Knowledge of and interest in U.S. higher education opportunities
  • Cross-cultural skills, especially in the area of communication
  • Experience and excellence in public speaking
  • Willingness to travel frequently and work non-traditional hours
  • Excellent time management, planning and implementation, analytical, and computer/internet skills
  • High level of attention to detail
  • Arabic preferred, but not required
  • Familiarity with or experience with the U.S. educational system and/or U.S. Department of State educational exchange program(s) a plus!

Expected duties may include:

  • Assisting with social media outreach     
  • Presentations to international students on the experience of a student in the U.S.
  • Compiling scholarship information
  • Developing handouts and educational advising resources                                
  • Compiling information on mentoring students for the Opportunity program
  • Helping organize pre-departure orientations
  • Helping with Competitive College Club

Virtual Interns

  • Using facebook and other social media tools to interact with students
  • Assisting in developing and researching informational material   
  • Creating a blog about ‘study in the U.S’ or ‘a day in the life of a US college student’
  • Identifying students from the host country studying abroad at U.S. colleges who can answer questions

Does the center have funds for a stipend or travel reimbursement? Not at this time.

Are there other incentives (for-credit options; travel opportunities etc.)? For-credit options such as research or an independent study project could be done (however, credit should be awarded by intern’s college/university).  Depending on what time of year intern comes, travel to the region and villages of Oman will occur.

Other comments Intern will have to be on a tourist visa.  Tourist visas can be obtained at the port of entry into Oman for holders of an American passport.  After two months, the intern will have to travel to Dubai (by car, bus or plane) to re-new the tourist visa (could be a good opportunity to see Dubai!).

The EducationUSA Center is looking forward to welcoming an American who is eager to learn about Oman and its people and to share about American higher education and culture!

Please visit www.educationusa.info/oman   

 

 

West Bank, Palestine

 

Location: West Bank, Palestine  

EducationUSA Center (Host Organization): AMIDEAST/West Bank

Name and professional title of intern supervisor:  Sana Itayim, Education Advisor

Length of service: 15 hrs/week for 3-6 months

Preferred time of year to host: June-September

To apply, students should send the following:  Resume & Brief cover letter

Applications may be sent to: sitayim@amideast.og  - Subject line "EdUSA Internship"

Application deadlines: contact adviser for current availability/deadlines

Accepts eInterns, including the Virtual Student Foreign Service: Yes, apply to both EducationUSA and VSFS. FAQs addressing the application process are available here.

Desired qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, or in last year of studies
  • Knowledge of and interest in U.S. higher education opportunities
  • Preference will be given to applicants with experience with the U.S. educational system and/or U.S. Department of State educational exchange program(s)
  • Cross-cultural skills, especially in the area of communication
  • Experience and excellence in public speaking
  • Willingness to travel frequently and work non-traditional hours
  • Excellent time management, planning and implementation, analytical, and computer/internet skills
  • High level of attention to detail

Expected duties may include:

  • Assisting with social media outreach     
  • Presentations to international students on the experience of a student in the U.S.
  • Compiling scholarship information
  • Developing handouts and educational advising resources                                
  • Compiling information on mentoring students for the Opportunity program
  • Helping organize pre-departure orientations
  • Helping with Competitive College Club

Virtual Interns

  • Using Facebook and other social media tools to interact with students
  • Assisting in developing and researching informational material   
  • Creating a blog about ‘study in the U.S’ or ‘a day in the life of a US college student’
  • Identifying students from the host country studying abroad at U.S. colleges who can answer questions

Does the center have funds for a stipend or travel reimbursement? No

Are there other incentives (for-credit options; travel opportunities etc.)? No.

 

 

Aden & Sanaa, Yemen

 

I. About AMIDEAST

AMIDEAST (www.amideast.org) is a private, nonprofit organization that strengthens mutual understanding and cooperation between Americans and the peoples of the Middle East and North Africa. Every year, AMIDEAST provides appropriate English language skills training, educational advising, and testing services to hundreds of thousands of students and professionals in the Middle East and North Africa; supports numerous institutional development projects in the region; and administers academic exchange programs. Founded in 1951, AMIDEAST is headquartered in Washington, DC, with a network of field offices in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, West Bank/Gaza, and Yemen.

AMIDEAST administers scholarship programs for various sponsors in the United States and the Middle East, including government agencies, private companies, and individuals. AMIDEAST manages both undergraduate and graduate level programs and supports high school exchange programs.  Additionally, AMIDEAST provides a number of scholarship services, including academic placement; pre-departure orientations; monitoring of student performance; and reporting of academic, financial, and project information to the program’s sponsor. Alongside these services, AMIDEAST strives to provide accurate, comprehensive, current, and unbiased information on educational opportunities and scholarships in the U.S. AMIDEAST/Yemen is part of the EducationUSA network of approximately 450 advising centers worldwide affiliated with the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The center promotes U.S. education by offering guidance on how best to access educational opportunities and by arranging appropriate tests. AMIDEAST/Yemen’s International Education Intern works with the scholarships staff affiliated with the EducationUSA center, and interacts directly with visitors, students, other AMIDEAST staff, educators, and other educational officials.

II. Intern Responsibilities

There are two primary areas in which International Education Interns work:

  • The State-Department-funded EducationUSA Advising Center. Duties include but are not limited to informing individuals about opportunities for higher study in the U.S.; conducting pre-departure orientations for grantees and other students; working with high school exchange students; supporting alumni associations of U.S. graduates; conducting presentations; and conducting research on specific topics related to study in the U.S. for use within the advising center.
  • The State Department’s Access Microscholarship Program for underserved Yemeni youth. Duties include but are not limited to helping develop, organize, and oversee cultural and community service events; supporting the Access Program Coordinator; consulting with students about academic and other issues; coordinating between the Access Program and the EL Department; monitoring student progress; and preparing quarterly narrative reports.

III. Application Deadline and Program Schedules

AMIDEAST offers two differing internship opportunities, available in both Aden and Sanaa. 1) Summer internship. This is a short-term (not to exceed three months’) internship. The application deadline for individuals interested in a summer internship (with flexible start dates) is April 1. 2) One-year Internship. This is a twelve-month internship beginning on September 1. The deadline for individuals wishing to apply for this internship is June 1.

The intern is expected to work a minimum of three to six hours per day. At times, interns may be requested to work longer hours, but not to exceed a regular, U.S. full-time (40-hour) work week. Interns must agree to a commitment of service in order to complete the full program length as specified on their application.

Special note: AMIDEAST reserves the right to terminate the internship program of any individual prior to completion according to their judgment regarding the performance of the Intern or for any other reasons including, but not limited to, the political or security situation within the country.

IV. Program Eligibility

Minimum Requirements:

  • Currently enrolled in, or a graduate of a U.S. institution of higher education (it is not required that interns be U.S. citizens but interns must have studied in the U.S., not via an online program);
  • The ability to communicate competently in English;
  • Personal maturity, self-direction, presentation skills, and the ability to work with a small international team;
  • Flexibility in terms of working environment (must feel comfortable working in a public office space and with groups of all ages and backgrounds); and
  • Proficiency in MS software applications: PowerPoint, Word, and Excel.

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in any field related to the Middle East or education;
  • Previous participation in a study-abroad program or other significant international experience;
  • Professional experience in working (volunteer or paid) with high school or college students;
  • Demonstrated interest in international education and the Middle East, and in Yemen in particular; and
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Access.

V. Intern Benefits

  • Summer (three-month internship). AMIDEAST provides a monthly maintenance allowance, shared accommodations (or a $250 housing allowance if shared housing is unavailable), transport within Yemen (when required for project purposes), traveler’s health coverage (if the intern does not have his/her own health insurance), emergency evacuation coverage, and visa and residency permit processing. Interns are expected to cover their daily incidentals and the cost of their air transport.

  • Twelve-month internship. AMIDEAST provides a monthly maintenance allowance, shared accommodations (or a $250 housing allowance if shared housing is unavailable), transport within Yemen (when required for project purposes), traveler’s health coverage (if the intern does not have his/her own health insurance), emergency evacuation coverage, and visa and residency permit processing. Upon successful completion of the program, AMIDEAST reimburses the intern for round-trip air transport to Yemen. Interns are expected to cover their daily incidentals.
  • Training: All AMIDEAST/Yemen International Education Interns will receive an orientation during the first week in Yemen, as well as training throughout the assignment. At the beginning, training entails learning about the many functions of AMIDEAST/Yemen, its personnel, and specific information regarding international education. As the initial training serves as a general overview of the functions of AMIDEAST, it is supplemented by preparation for the other internship responsibilities.

  • A certifiable volunteer experience working overseas in the field of International Education!

NB: Interns who have a TEFL or CELTA degree may teach EFL classes and be separately compensated for those teaching hours.

VI. The Application Process

Application Documents:

Eligible candidates interested in the AMIDEAST/Yemen International Education Internship Program should apply online at www.yemenjobs.org. The following documents must be uploaded by the aforementioned deadlines:

  • Updated Resume/C.V.
  • A Personal Essay (statement of interest) of up to 500 words describing why you would like to participate in the International Education Internship Program, what you hope to learn, and why you think you are qualified for this opportunity;
  • Two professional letters of reference, preferably from a professor and employer, with at least one letter from an academic reference; and
  • Official college/university transcripts. (These documents are required to process the Yemeni residency application for Interns.)

Short-Listed Interviews:

AMIDEAST/Yemen will only consider applications completed with all required and supplementary materials. Short-listed candidates will be contacted via e-mail to schedule a telephone interview. Candidates who are interviewed by phone will be notified of their results within two weeks.

Finalist Notification:

Upon notification, a candidate must confirm his/her participation in the internship program within one week. For interviewed candidates who were not selected, AMIDEAST invites re-applications with updated materials. 

VII. Destination Information – Know Before You Go!

Maps of Sanaa and Aden: Check out http://maps.google.com/.

Transportation in Sanaa and Aden:

Moving around Sanaa and Aden is possible through the large number of available taxis and shared mini-buses. Three companies (Raha, Marhaba, and Carwa) in Sanaa offer metered taxis, two companies (Raha and Hala) have metered taxis in Aden, and in all locales private taxis (marked with yellow plates) are negotiable. Mini buses run set routes in urban areas and are also very inexpensive.

Reading List:

A short list includes a travel guide: Lonely Planet Guide to Yemen; a history: Paul Dresch, A History of Modern Yemen; first-person travel accounts: Eric Hansen, Motoring with Mohammed and Tim MacIntosh-Smith, Yemen: The Unknown Arabia; and a photographic essay: Sarah Searight, Yemen: Land and People.

VIII. FAQs

  1. On what basis is an intern applicant selected?

    The International Education Intern is selected based on his/her academic preparation as well as previous work experience and how it relates to the needs of the office. Letters of reference and the phone interview play important roles in the final selection.

  2. Are the starting and closing dates of the internship program flexible?

    AMIDEAST prefers to have interns start and complete their internship program on the established dates; however we understand that these dates may not correspond directly with some academic calendars. When filling out your application, please specify your available dates.

  3. Can I choose which project I would like to gain more experience with while interning at AMIDEAST/Yemen?

    The primary focus of these internships is to implement educational exchange and scholarship programs; however, on your application, you may list an activity or project which you think you may take part in.

  4. Do I need to speak some Arabic? Can I study Arabic in Yemen?

    No. However, it is helpful to have some Arabic language skills in order to travel in Yemen (when travel is possible). If you are interested in learning or enhancing your Arabic language skills, Yemen is a great place to do this. Language study is readily available, and daily life affords language learners with myriad opportunities for practicing and improving their Arabic.

  5. Can I extend my internship program beyond one academic year?

    Yes, internships can be extended once for a second, three-month (summer) or nine-month (academic) period.

  6. Are there shorter internships that correspond with my academic program?

    Yes, shorter internships are possible on a case-by-case basis and by prior arrangement; however AMIDEAST does not provide any benefits for individuals on shorter programs.

  7. Will I be able to travel while interning with AMIDEAST?

    The International Education Intern will be working directly with AMIDEAST in Yemen. The head office is in Sanaa and some activities may require that interns travel to various cities in Yemen. AMIDEAST makes those arrangements on a case-by-case basis and depending upon internal travel restrictions. Travel outside of Yemen is not supported by AMIDEAST offices.

  8. Do I need a visa to come to Yemen?

    Yes, at the time of this notice, you must obtain a business visa prior to arrival into Yemen. You can do this by mail with the Yemeni Embassy in Washington, DC. If you are selected as an intern, AMIDEAST will send you a letter of introduction so that you can obtain the necessary visa. Once in Yemen, AMIDEAST will process the visa into the required Yemeni residency permit. This process requires having 10 passport photos as well as an HIV-test at the Yemen Ministry of Health. Kindly note that visa requirements are subject to change.

  9. What about health insurance?

    AMIDEAST provides traveler’s health coverage for summer or one-year interns. However, this insurance is limited in its scope and has a number of exclusions. Further, it necessitates payment up front, with reimbursement requests later. It is best for dealing with short-term trauma or sudden illnesses, and is not suitable for chronic conditions. Thus, if you have your own health insurance, we recommend that you utilize your own pre-arranged coverage rather than the traveler’s insurance. If you have your own plan, kindly note that the plan takes precedence over the traveler’s health program. In all cases, keep in mind that any medical expenses will have to be covered up front by you in Yemen, and that you will need to request compensation for your expenses on your own, following your submission of bills and invoices to the companies.

  10. Can I apply to become an EL teacher with AMIDEAST?

    Yes, as noted above, we expect that our teachers have at a minimum TEFL/CELTA certification. Additionally, all of our instructors must undergo training in our Aden office. If you are interested in teaching in the future, we recommend that you also look into certification. You can also contact our EL Center in Aden for more information. EL interns are provided with a similar benefits package, although there is additional compensation based on the number of classes taught.

 

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