07/07/2019 . By TIMEP

TIMEP is now accepting applications for its fall 2019 internship program. Please submit applications by August 15, 2019.

All TIMEP internships will take place at TIMEP’s Washington DC office. TIMEP is unable to assist with obtaining visas, travel, and accommodation for the duration of the internship.

The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy Internship – Fall 2019

More than just playing a crucial support role, TIMEP interns work as an integral part of the TIMEP team. Interns are matched with staff or Fellow mentors for the duration of their internship,  working on projects or initiatives that align with their own career or academic goals. Located in TIMEP’s offices in downtown Washington D.C., the internship also allows a unique opportunity for engagement in policy-making circles and interaction with a wide variety of civil society and government actors. While the weekly time commitment is flexible, we ask that interns commit at least 15 hours per week in TIMEP’s Washington D.C. office. The start date for the fall internship is flexible as well, with the majority of fall interns starting between August and September.

For the 2019 Fall Program, TIMEP interns will have the opportunity to work in one of four tracks, and on one or more of TIMEP’s country areas of focus (Egypt, Syria, Libya, Iraq, and Tunisia):


Research Interns have the opportunity to develop analytic and writing skills related to policy issues in the following areas:

  • Security, Terrorism, and Extremism
  • Political and Legal Institutions
  • Economy and Development
  • Religious Minorities
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Rights and Freedoms
  • Media, Arts, and Culture


Legal Interns will contribute to legal capacity building and convening efforts for rights lawyers in the Middle East and will conduct legal research both in TIMEP countries of focus and from a regional comparative perspective on the following subjects:

  • Legal and Judicial Developments
  • Accountability
  • Transitional Justice


Institutional Interns gain insider knowledge of and hands on experience with a policy-making NGO working in one of the following areas:

  • Advocacy and Government Relations
  • Development and Projects
  • Nonprofit Administration
  • Editorial


Communications Interns gain insider knowledge of and hands-on experience with a policy-making nonprofit organization working in one or more of the following areas:

  • Editorial assistance
  • Social media management
  • Database management
  • Analytics analysis
  • Press outreach

General Qualifications

  • Applicants should be supportive of TIMEP’s mission and principles.
  • Undergraduate, graduate, or recently graduated students are eligible to apply. (For legal internships, applicants must be current or recently graduated law students).
  • Preference will be given to applicants with backgrounds and experiences related to TIMEP’s focus areas.
  • Research internships require some familiarity with Egyptian, Syrian, or Libyan issues.
  • For research and legal internships, Arabic language skills are strongly preferred.

Application Instructions

Please send the following documents to with “2019 Fall Internship” in the subject line. The deadline to apply is August 15, 2019.

  • Resume/CV
  • Cover letter that includes the following information:
    • What dates are you available to work?
    • Where did you learn about the position?
    • Based on the descriptions above, what area(s) or interest would you like to work on?
  • A written response to the following questions in 300 words or less:
    • TIMEP’s mission is to influence policy toward the Middle East and North Africa through rigorous research and targeted advocacy efforts that promote local voices. Why do you believe this mission is important and how do you hope to contribute to it?

Please note that all TIMEP internships will take place at TIMEP’s Washington DC office. TIMEP is unable to assist with obtaining visas, travel, and accommodation for the duration of the internship.