For those students who would like to gain practical experience in the workplace, there is a 3-credit Internship option. Upon prior approval of the Middle Eastern Studies Program (MESP) director, students volunteer at least 8 hours per week throughout the semester in a local organization or business whose primary work involves the Middle East region or Middle Eastern peoples. At the conclusion of the semester, students submit a 15 page paper that analyzes the ways in which their internship work deepened their understanding of the region. Students are encouraged to locate internship opportunities on their own, and can work in any field that aligns with their primary interests (non-governmental work, politics, international relations, diplomacy, business, etc.) For those interested in refugee relief, MESP has a long-standing relationship with the International Rescue Committee, which provides assistance to refugees of Middle Eastern war zones. For more information, please contact Director Sandy Russell Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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