02/05/2019 . By TIMEP

TIMEP is now accepting applications for its summer 2019 internship program. Please submit applications by March 31, 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 – Summer 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 summer internship is flexible as well, with the majority of summer interns starting between May and June.

For the 2019 Summer Program, TIMEP will be prioritizing applicants with background and interest in the following areas:

  • Security (Egypt, Syria, and/or Libya)
  • Economy (Egypt)
  • Political and Legal Institutions (Egypt and/or Libya)
  • Law, Judiciary, and Accountability (Egypt and/or Syria)

In addition to the areas listed above, interns have the opportunity to work in one of three tracks:


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 have the opportunity to contribute to legal capacity building and convening efforts for rights lawyers in the Middle East and to conduct legal research on:

  • Laws and Decrees (Egypt and Syria)
  • Justice and Accountability (Egypt and Syria)
  • Transitional Justice ( Egypt, Syria, and Tunisia)


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 Communications
  • Nonprofit Administration
  • Editorial

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, Libyan issues.
  • For research and legal internships, Arabic language skills are strongly preferred.

Application Instructions

Please send the following documents to with “2019 Summer Internship” in the subject line. The deadline to apply is March 31, 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.