In the fall of 2017, CMES is excited to offer UC Berkeley students a unique opportunity to learn from leading social entrepreneurs in the Middle East and North Africa: MES 199 Social Entrepreneurship in the Middle East

Conducted in cooperation with leading social enterprises in the Middle East and North Africa, this project-based virtual exchange course will offer students the unique opportunity to learn about social entrepreneurship in the region while participating in a meaningful cross-cultural exchange. Looking at issues of sustainability, community engagement, social impact, and the influence of the Arab Spring, the course will be comprised primarily of case studies and an interdisciplinary project, in which UC Berkeley students team up with socially-engaged entrepreneurs from the region to help create innovative solutions with immediate real-world applications. For more information please contact To sign up, fill out the application below and return it to CMES.

Social Entrepreneurship in the Middle East application


The CMES now offers an Undergraduate Apprenticeship through the UC Berkeley URAP program.

CMESThe CMES Undergraduate Apprentice will assist with setup and staffing of CMES events; serve as a student ambassador to the Berkeley undergraduate community; solicit and curate ideas for future programming; research student organizations and course offerings for targeted invitations and cross-publicity for CMES activities; coordinate with graduate intern for preparation and implementation of Cal Day activities; assist with management of CMES social media presence; and research topics pertaining to CMES events, visitors, and faculty scholarship.  Read a full description and apply here.


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.

KPFAThis unique internship opportunity allows students to help create and produce the Pacifica Radio/KPFA program, Voices of the Middle East and North Africa. VOMENA 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