Mediterranean, Middle East and Africa - Curricular internships - 2021-22

Eligibility criteria

The applicant must be a student enrolled, during the internship in the final year of a Master’s degree in one of the following areas: International Relations, Political Science or related disciplines.

Duration
Three months, from September to December 2021, and from January to April 2022.

Requirements:

  • Strong interest in and knowledge of the historical, political, social and economic dynamics of the countries on the eastern and southern shores of the Mediterranean and/or the countries of the Horn of Africa, Sahel, Sub-Saharan Africa;

  • Good understanding of the relations between the European Union and the countries on the eastern and southern shores of the Mediterranean and/or the countries of the Horn of Africa, Sahel, Sub-Saharan Africa;

  • Knowledge of and/or strong interest in one or more of the following topics would be an asset: post-conflict transition in Libya; EU-Turkey relations; mediation and conflict dynamics in the Horn of Africa; gender, peace and security; diplomacy and peacebuilding;

  • Proficiency in English (spoken and written); knowledge of a language spoken in the region (Arabic, Hebrew, Farsi, Turkish, etc.) will be considered an asset; knowledge of Italian is not required but preferred;

  • Ability to analyse, summarise and write short notes and articles;

  • Adequate computer skills (Office package, Web);

  • An internship agreement between the University (or other relevant institution) and the Istituto Affari Internazionali (already stipulated or to be created).

Deadlines

Candidates must apply by Wednesday, 30 June 2021 by e-mail at IAI.stage(at)gmail.com (ref.: Stage-Med-2021-22). Applications must include a CV. Selected candidates will be contacted for an interview to be held between 12 and 19 July 2021 at IAI or remotely (e.g. via Skype).

Activities

The intern will be involved in different research activities according to the needs of the ongoing projects of the Mediterranean, Middle East and Africa Programme. The candidate will be asked to carry out research (using different sources: web, specialised journals, press, official documents) and in-depth studies, presenting, when requested, briefs/memos for internal use. Interns will also be asked to write a book review in English for the blog of the IAI English-language journal, The International Spectator, or the IAI online magazine, AffarInternazionali.it. Alongside research, the intern must be available to perform other tasks necessary for the implementation of research projects (translations, gathering of documentation etc.). The intern will also participate in conferences and seminars organised by IAI. The internship may be carried out on a remote working basis, but priority will be given to candidates who are willing to work in person.

Please note that this is an unpaid internship .