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Undergraduate Research and Apprentice Program (URAP)

The CMES is looking for Apprentices for the fall semester. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, September 3rd, at 9 am. 

1) Undergraduate Advisory Committee
2) Design and Communications Apprentice
3) Virtual Exchange Project Apprentice

For full project descriptions, click here.

Student Advisory Committee (SAC)

Student Advisory Committee Members will: 

● Serve as CMES student ambassadors to the Berkeley student community, increasing student awareness of services and programs provided by the Center and encouraging interdisciplinary student participation in its activities.
● Take an active role in soliciting input from students and providing feedback and advice to CMES staff on services and programs related to Middle Eastern Studies on campus.
● Advocate for the mission of the CMES on campus (through student organizations) and beyond (through alumni networks).
● Establish and sustain a mentorship program that connects UC Berkeley students to alumni and professionals.
● Assist with fundraising activities, and take a lead on planning and implementing Big Give and
Cal Day

Deadline: September 13, 2019 

For more information visit: 

To apply, email your CV and a cover letter to with the Subject: "SAC Application"

KPFA's Voices of the Middle East and North Africa

UC Berkeley undergraduates with an interest in Middle Eastern Studies love MES197, a for-credit Internship opportunity in conjunction with KPFA 94.1, Berkeley’s public radio station.

Voices of the Middle East and North Africa logo

Voices of the Middle East and North Africa has provided the listening public with informed and authentic voices from the region and the diaspora for over 12 years, going beyond the headlines to delve into the diverse world of culture and politics, with special attention to the complex web of class, gender, ethnic, religious and regional differences. Interns research topics, write scripts, and learn all aspects of radio production. Read a former intern’s experience here.


To sign up, fill out the application below and submit it along with a copy of your c.v. and a cover letter to with “VOMENA” in the subject line. For more information, please contact

VOMENA Internship Form




Golden Thread Productions Internship 

Golden Thread is seeking two highly organized and motivated individuals for our ReOrient 2019 Festival of Short Plays. This internship will provide hands-on experience in theater production, marketing and community engagement, and conference planning.

Dates: September 10 to December 10, excluding Thanksgiving week. 

Commitment: 5-10 hours per week.

  • ReOrient Festival – Rehearsals begin September 18. Performances at 8pm on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and at 3pm on Sundays, from November 15 to December 10. 

  • ReOrient Forum – October 27th and November 3rd   

  • National Convening of Middle Eastern & North African theatre artists – November 9 & 10

Stipend: $500 for transportation.

Under the direct supervision of Golden Thread’s staff, the intern responsibilities will include:

  • Production/Rehearsal Assistance

  • Publicity, Outreach & Community Engagement

  • MENA Convening & Event Coordination

 These positions require excellent communication and organizational skills, and the ability to work with a variety of people. The ideal candidate will be politically aware and sensitive to the plurality of thought and culture within the Middle East and its world-wide diaspora. Theatre experience preferable but not required.

Golden Thread Productions and/or Potrero Stage 

1695 18th Street, San Francisco, CA  94107

Some tasks may be done remotely.

To apply, please send your resume and a cover letter detailing your interest and availability in the body of an email to

Golden Thread Productions is the first American theatre company focused on the Middle East. For the last 20 years, Golden Thread has been expanding the scope of mainstream American storytelling to include Middle-Eastern immigrant perspectives, offering opportunities for deeper dialogue about US-Middle East relations, and advocating for diversity and inclusion in the American theatre nationally.

REORIENT FESTIVAL AND FORUM. The ReOrient Festival of Short Plays was inaugurated in 1999 to present alternative perspectives of the Middle East and to showcase the multiplicity of stories, voices and styles from the region and has since becomes Golden Thread’s most recognized and celebrated program. This ambitious festival, now presented biannually, turns San Francisco into a Mecca for innovative, spirited, and thought-provoking theatre from and about the Middle East.

More information about Golden Thread:

National Security and Intelligence Analysis Internship 

Summer 2019 Internship Program Dates: May - August 2019

The Institute for the Study of War (ISW) is committed to training the next generation of national security leaders through its innovative educational programs. ISW is currently seeking motivated and experienced college students or recent graduates to join our intern team. ISW offers a wide range of internships across diverse research portfolios and departments, including Counterterrorism, Russia, Turkey, Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan. ISW also offers internships in National Security Innovation and Emerging Technologies and in non-profit management, including Development and External Relations.

Interns will be paired with ISW researchers on subject matter that best matches their skill sets and language capabilities. Interns are expected to collect, process, analyze, and synthesize intelligence from native language sources under the guidance of our staff; collaborate with the wider research team to generate intelligence products; assist with editing, documenting, and compiling materials for publications; and support the planning, preparation, and execution of public events and private briefings held by ISW.

Contact: Website 

Funding Opportunities


Calls for Papers

Call for Submissions: Embodying the Periphery

Deadline to apply: April 15, 2019

From intimate and proximal domesticity to the spatial expanse of the global cityscape, our interactions with material culture continually form and reform human embodiment, teaching us how to sense and move through the world as lived-through meaning (Merleau-Ponty 1945, Bachelard 1958). We invite scholars, activists, artists and practitioners to share their investigations of the periphery through this bodily lens—not only through the methods of the social sciences but also of the arts and humanities and of the design disciplines. Human interplay with non-human materials suggests that the way people (re)shape and respond to the built environment through sensuous practices (Mallgrave 2015) bears repercussions on ethics, (inter)subjectivities, right claims, social welfare, and the cityscape. Urbanity is embodied via techniques of the body just as much as it is objectified as the spatial form of the city itself.

Contact: and 

Other Opportunities

Deadline to apply: MCAS has multiple deadlines in March, please visit their website for more information

MCAS is a leading Arabic language center committed to teaching Arabic as a foreign language in order to open a window to the culture of any Arabic-speaking country. MCAS is also the most-trusted program provider for volunteering and internships in many areas. MCAS is dedicated to offering a quality and customized program through which we connect talented volunteers with those in need.

Our mission is to expand opportunities through education, empowering our students to speak and use the language confidently with ease.  Through engaging in immersive courses in modern standard Arabic, media, and Moroccan colloquial Arabic, students gain significant insight into Moroccan society, politics, literature, and religion, as well as Morocco’s relationships with the West and within the Arab world. We equip our students with the prerequisite skills to deepen their understanding not only of Morocco but of the wider Arab world.

In addition to Arabic courses, MCAS offers volunteering and internship opportunities to students who wish to learn first-hand about contemporary Moroccan culture and gain real-world experience through active community involvement. We link our students with Rabat’s most dynamic schools, orphanages, media outlets, and non-governmental organizations committed to Morocco’s development. Immersing our students in modern Moroccan society while helping them develop the skills to understand it, MCAS offers a sturdy and trustworthy bridge to the Arab world.

Contact: Website

Columbia University and the London School of Economics: MA/MSc in Inernational and World History 

Deadline to apply: March 15

An innovative curriculum includes a two-year sequence of reading and research seminars, interdisciplinary electives, and intensive foreign language training. Esteemed faculty provide our students with new frameworks and the tools to understand the transnational forces that have shaped our world. At the heart of the program is the two-year dissertation, an original scholarly work based on empirical research and analysis.

Students spend the first year at Columbia University in the City of New York and the second year at the London School of Economics, and receive degrees from both institutions. Immersed in the vibrant intellectual communities of two of the world’s great cities, graduates are prepared for careers in government, journalism, think tanks, NGOs, and academia.

The world is more interconnected than ever. Join leading historians to study how we arrived here. Prospective applicants are encouraged to read our section on eligibility for information on how to apply.

Contact: Website

Summer at AUC Institute for Islamic Studies 2019

Deadline to apply: May 1, 2019

The American University in Cairo is pleased to announce the launch of a Summer@AUC Islamic Studies Institute. It includes two four-week programs, each one conducted by international scholars of Qur'an, Hadith, Law, and Sufism, combining group lectures with Arabic language tutoring, primary source textual readings, and engagement with scholars in the field. Open to students of all backgrounds and religious affiliations, this is an all-inclusive opportunity as housing, food, field trips and activities are included. Each program offers more than 150 hours of combined instruction. Please join today to explore the academic study of Islam in the heart of the Muslim World.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Contact: Website 

Middle Eastern Languages Summer Institute (MELSI) 

Deadline to apply: Rolling basis 

The Department of Linguistics at Stony Brook University is hosting the first Middle Eastern Languages Summer Institute (MELSI) to be held Tuesday, May 28 – Wednesday, July 3, 2019. Students can choose to study from among 4 languages spoken in the Middle East (Arabic, Kurdish, Persian, Turkish), and they can take a “Language and Life in the Middle East” course as well. Cultural activities will be organized for students in the program.

Contact: Website

Center for Middle Eastern Studies
University of California, Berkeley
340 Stephens Hall, Berkeley, CA  94720-2314


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