Research Internship: Middle East Studies (Summer 2019)


The Center for the National Interest is seeking energetic undergraduate and graduate students (though non-students may also apply) interested in international affairs to apply to be Research Interns. Interns will assist Middle East Studies Director Gil Barndollar with research on political, security, cultural and economic developments in the Greater Middle East. Interns will make important editorial and research contributions to projects examining diplomacy and security in the Persian Gulf Region.

Successful applicants will have a strong work ethic, excellent writing skills, and a sharp analytical mind. A demonstrated interest in international affairs and foreign policy is required. In addition to supporting the Director, Research Interns will have access to most Center meetings, seminars, and other events. Research Interns will also have the opportunity to pursue independent research and write for the Center’s award-winning foreign affairs publication, The National Interest.


  • Conduct research to support the activities of the Middle East Studies program, including op-eds, reports, and briefings
  • Aid in the organization of program meetings, events, and seminars
  • Author summaries of program activities for internal and external audiences
  • General office assistance as needed


  • Enrolled or completed a BA or MA in International Relations, Political Science, Economics, History or any related field
  • Proficiency in the Microsoft Office suite
  • Research experience in the areas of energy markets and Gulf Cooperation Council affairs are highly desired
  • Arabic, Farsi, or Turkish language proficiency is strongly desired
  • To apply, candidates must submit a one-page resume, cover letter, and a five (5) page writing sample to

The Center will assess applications on a rolling basis, and contact only those candidates who are extended an interview. Please note that this internship is unpaid.