Internship Funding

CMES Internship Funding

Many valuable internship opportunities for students are unpaid or provide minimal financial support. CMES is pleased to offer internship funding to undergraduate and graduate students in good standing for internships related to Middle Eastern or North African studies. These awards may be used for internships in the United States or abroad, but may not support conventional study abroad programs.


  • Currently enrolled University of Arizona juniors, seniors, and graduate students
  • 3.0 cumulative GPA

Award specifics:

  • Amount: $1000 (possibly up to $2000)
  • Can be used during summer 2019
  • For use in US or abroad
  • Four awards available, one each in:
    • Environmental Studies: open to any UA major for a Middle East-related internship focused on environmental issues (contingent upon Institute of the Environment approval)
    • Journalism: open to any Journalism major for a Middle East-related journalism internship
    • SBS: open to any SBS major for a Middle East-related internship
    • SGPP: open to any SGPP major for a Middle East-related internship relevant to their studies


  • Internship must be a minimum of 6 weeks or 100 hours in length.
  • Internship must be related to the applicant’s academic/career goals.
  • Awards contingent upon:
    • Approval of the internship by student’s home department. Please check with your department for specific internship guidelines and application procedures. An approval letter from the department must be submitted to CMES before the internship support funds can be awarded.
    • Student’s acceptance to the Middle East-related internship program, in the US or abroad, that is in the CMES award letter. A copy of the official letter/email of acceptance must be submitted to CMES before the internship support funds can be awarded.
    • For internships outside Tucson, awardees must complete and submit a UA Travel Authorization Form (signed by your department head and submitted to the Marshall Business Center, Marshall Bldg., Room 478. Those with an internship outside of the United States must also register through the UA International Travel Registry. If your destination has a Travel Warning issued by the U.S. State Department, you must also complete the “Supplemental Travel Authorization” section of the registration. In such cases, the award cannot be processed without UA approval. Check current Travel Warnings at:

Post-internship requirements:

Students who receive a CMES internship award will be required, upon their return, to

  • Submit a report (maximum 2 pages) detailing how the internship will further your career/studies goals. Due date is two months after the end of the internship period.
  • Submit 2-5 digital photos (png or jpeg format) of the experience.
  • Make a short presentation for other students about their internship experience.

Application packet should include:

  1. CMES internship funding application (typed)
  2. Copy of internship application and materials submitted to home department.
  3. Resume/CV
  4. Statement of purpose (maximum 500 words) explaining how this Middle East/North African studies-related internship will further your career/studies goals
  5. Unofficial transcripts, if not already included in number 2 above
  6. Copy of the internship details (from the program’s website or other source), including location, program description, dates of program
  7. One letter of recommendation from an academic advisor or faculty member
  8. Estimated budget (travel, lodging, living expenses), including any funds provided by the internship organization

Application deadline: A hard copy of all materials must be received by 5pm on Monday, March 25, 2019.
Center for Middle Eastern Studies, 845 N. Park Ave., Marshall Bldg., Room 470, Tucson, AZ 85721-0158

Contact: CMES Assistant Director Julie Ellison-Speight, (520) 621-8079, 

Sample Internships*

EcoPeace Middle East

Middle East Institute

National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations

Other Sources of Internships

Some organizations do not have the full details of their internships online, or they may offer them sporadically. Students must confirm that the internships fit both departmental and CMES funding requirements.

Center for Strategic & International Studies

Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism

Presidential Internship Program, The American University in Cairo 

International Internships in Israel & Palestine

Some individual faculty may accept interns for work on research projects (e.g., Ramzi Touchan).

*CMES does not guarantee these internships will meet the requirements of individual UA departments, or that they will continue to meet CMES funding requirements. It is the student's responsibility to check all internship details before applying.

List of CMES Internship Funding Awardees