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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 Student Advisory Board
2) Design and Communications Apprentice
3) Virtual Exchange Project Apprentice

For full project descriptions, click here.

Student Advisory Board (SAB)

Student Advisory Board 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: cmes.berkeley.edu/people/student-advisory-committee 

To apply, email your CV and a cover letter to cmes@berkeley.edu with the Subject: "SAB 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 cmes@berkeley.edu with “VOMENA” in the subject line. For more information, please contact cmes@berkeley.edu.

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 torange@goldenthread.org.

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: goldenthread.org

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


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