The Syria Institute - Summer Internship

Employer
The Syria Institute
Location
Washington, DC
Posted
Feb 17, 2017
Closes
Mar 21, 2017
Industry
Nonprofit
Hours
Full Time
RESEARCH INTERN

The Syria Institute (TSI) is an independent, non-profit, non-partisan research institution based in Washington, DC. We are looking for qualified undergraduate- and graduate- level summer interns. This is an exciting opportunity not only to support our Syria-related research initiatives, but also to contribute to TSI's growth and development. Interns will be a valuable part of our small team and will gain substantive experience. We are looking for people who are willing to dive in and enthusiastically support a variety of research, organizational development, and administrative efforts. Our interns will be encouraged to attend relevant events and take part in other activities that will help deepen their knowledge of the Syria conflict and U.S. policymaking. A successful candidate will be highly motivated to learn and contribute; demonstrate maturity, insight, and flexibility; and have a passion for our mission and vision.

Responsibilities will vary depending on the intern's individual experience, skill set, and interests. If you have a special skill (graphic design, GIS, language, coding, etc.), let us know: we will put it to good use.

General responsibilities may include:
  1. Conducting open-source research to support various TSI publications and projects
  1. Tracking political, military, and humanitarian developments in Syria
  1. Managing and/or contributing to posts for our social media accounts
  1. Assisting with administrative tasks including research, grant proposal applications, updating calendar events, and daily news updates.
  1. Writing brief pieces for the TSI blog
Desirable qualities/experience/skills:
  • Fast learner who takes initiative and can function independently when needed
  • Ability to balance multiple priorities in a high-pressure environment
  • Detail-oriented
  • Basic understanding of the dynamics of the conflict in Syria
  • Prior research experience, work with social science datasets, and/or policy analysis skills
  • Excellent writing and editing skills
  • Arabic language skills highly desirable, Russian, Kurdish, or Farsi a plus
  • Graphic design, coding, GIS/mapping skills a plus
  • Experience traveling, learning, working in the Middle East is a plus
  • Integrity, professionalism, and a desire to be part of the solution

Our internship positions are unpaid. Full-time is preferred, but we may consider part-time applicants on a case-by-case basis.

Internship Dates:

A commitment of three months is preferred. Specific dates are flexible.