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Employment & Internships

The Middle East Studies Center offers employment and unpaid internship opportunities to students with an interest in our programming and mission. Students will gain valuable experience in administrative, faculty and events support, as well as knowledge of Middle East and area studies.

Positions include:

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to middleeaststudiescenter@pdx.edu. Please indicate the position for which you are applying, what you hope to learn from the position and how the position ties in with your course of study and your future professional goals. For help drafting a resume or cover letter, please contact the Portland State Career Center.

Applicants for paid employment certify that they meet the University's eligibility requirements as outlined here. Internships may be taken for credit through the International Studies Program. PSU is primarily focused on supporting the employment of students who are working to complete degree programs.

Portland State is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution. The Middle East Studies Center will consider all applicants without regard to race, color, creed or religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veterans status, or sexual orientation.

 

Communications Intern

Applications are not currently being accepted for this position.

The Middle East Studies Center’s Communications Intern will take an active role in a range of communications projects. The right candidate will have experience in marketing or public relations and an interest in the Middle East. Applicants should have strong writing and research skills, excellent organizational skills and time management, and be interested in learning and developing professional skills. Students should be able to work well independently and as part of a team and should be able to dedicate 7-10 hours per week to this unpaid internship.

Responsibilities include:

  • Writing and distributing press releases about Middle East Studies Center events
  • Developing and executing a system for publicizing Middle East Studies Center events throughout the Portland community
  • Leading the Middle East Studies Center’s publicity efforts on campus
  • Working closely with Middle East Studies Center faculty and staff to understand and effectively communicate information about the Center’s programs

 

Correspondent

Applications for this internship will be accepted until January 24, 2013.

The Middle East Studies Center’s Event Correspondent will take an active role in a range of projects to increase and improve the impact of the Center’s programming.

Applicants should have strong writing and research skills and excellent organizational skills and time management. Applicants should be able to work well independently and as part of a team and should be able to dedicate 7-10 hours per week to this unpaid internship.

Responsibilities include:

  • Attending, photographing and drafting synopses of public events, including lectures, panel discussions, workshops and cultural events for use on the Center’s websites and annual newsletter
  • Producing and hosting the Center’s Lecture Series podcast
  • Recording, monitoring and interpreting event evaluations
  • Developing and instituting new methods of leveraging the Center’s programming to create effective and efficient impact

 

Education Intern

Applications are not currently being accepted for this position.

The Middle East Studies Center’s Education Intern will take an active role in a range of educational projects. The Center seeks a highly motivated student interested in learning more about global education through supporting the outreach activities of the Middle East Studies Center. Applicants should have strong writing and research skills, interest in developing teaching and learning materials for K-12 students, and excellent organizational skills and time management. Students should be able to work well independently and as part of a team and should be able to dedicate 7-10 hours per week to this unpaid internship.

Responsibilities include:

  • Developing content for the Middle East Studies Center Resource Hub
  • Communicating with K-12 schools and Education Schools to promote Middle East Studies Center programs
  • Working closely with the Outreach Coordinator to plan workshops for educators
  • Writing and distributing the MESC Monthly (a newsletter for Educators)

Interns will also be involved in educating the community broadly about the Middle East through tasks including:

  • Developing content for the Middle East Studies Center Resource Hub
  • Communicating with K-12 schools to promote Middle East Studies Center programs
  • Working with Education Schools to secure workshops and seminars

 

Publishing Intern: Middle East Studies Center Online Journal

Applications are not currently being accepted for this position.

In March, 2013, the Middle East Studies Center hosted its Second Annual Undergraduate Student Conference on the Middle East. The conference offered a unique opportunity for students with an interest in the Middle East to meet and learn more about the region from their peers.

The Middle East Studies Center at Portland State University seeks a student intern to create, edit, and format an online journal of the conference proceedings. 

Responsibilities include:

  • Leading the production of the online journal
  • Proofreading and editing journal articles
  • Developing a visually pleasing structure and layout for the journal and formatting all articles accordingly

Qualifications:

  • Ability to work independently
  • Detail oriented
  • Knowledge of and interest in the publishing industry
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Familiarity with Wordpress content management system preferred

 

Student Assistant

Applications are not currently being accepted for this position.

The Middle East Studies Center’s Student Assistant will take an active role in supporting the work of the Middle East Studies Center broadly. The Center is looking for a motivated student with an interested in the Middle East.

Applicants should have strong writing and research skills, excellent organizational skills and time management, and be interested in learning and developing professional skills. Students should be able to work well independently and as part of a team and should be able to dedicate 7-10 hours per week to this paid position.

Responsibilities include:

  • Writing fact sheets, press releases, and other materials for the Center
  • Compiling a monthly calendar of events for distribution to the Oregon Middle East Studies Consortium
  • Supporting the Center in planning and publicizing public events with tasks including data entry, distributing fliers, updating the website, etc.
  • Assisting the Office Coordinator with office tasks including photocopying, filing, faxing, etc.
  • Working with the Outreach Coordinator to support global educational activities throughout the state