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The Internship Program at the Al Qasimi Foundation is open to undergraduate and graduate students working on any area in public policy for a period of up to three months. It is ideal for students planning to attend graduate school or seeking to apply their studies through practical research.
The Foundation provides a supportive and respectful learning environment for students as they gain professional experience and work with a diverse, multilingual, international staff. Effort is made to ensure interns are exposed to different aspects of the organization and that assigned projects provide hands-on, meaningful opportunities to contribute to the Foundation’s work and impact in the community. Internship activities may include literature reviews, field work, quantitative/qualitative data gathering and analysis, multimedia projects, and other administrative responsibilities.
Interns are expected to abide by the Al Qasimi Foundation’s employment policies and act in a professional manner at all times. As part of their experience, interns will produce at least one policy brief or creative work (depending on the nature of the internship) that will be published on the Al Qasimi Foundation website. Furnished accommodation and a small stipend to cover the cost of living are provided during the internship. Plane tickets and other costs are the responsibility of the intern.
- Provide opportunities for distinguished students to gain professional experience and make meaningful contributions to projects that benefit the Ras Al Khaimah community
- Build a community of scholars and promote collaboration among highly recognized international universities and national institutions in the United Arab Emirates
- Promote cross-cultural exchange that sparks curiosity and new ideas and facilitates understanding
Minimum eligibility criteria for applicants seeking an internship position:
- Applicant must be a current undergraduate or graduate student enrolled at an accredited university in good academic standing. Recent graduates (within the last two years) will also be considered.
- Applicant must have a minimum TOEFL iBT score of 85 or IELTS score of 6.5 if English is not his/her primary language.
- Applicant must have coursework or degrees in areas relevant to the Al Qasimi Foundation’s work such as education, public health, urban planning and development, economic development, food access, and energy or environmental policy. Students with expertise in other disciplines such as public relations, multimedia, or translation may also be considered depending on the Foundation's needs associated with its specific projects.
- Applicant must demonstrate a genuine interest in Ras Al Khaimah, the United Arab Emirates, and the broader Gulf region.
If students meet the minimum eligibility criteria noted above, they are encouraged to apply for an internship position. Interns are selected based on merit as measured by (1) academic achievement; (2) quality and professionalism of application materials; and (3) how well applicants’ interests align with current Al Qasimi Foundation projects.
Students’ personal statements outlining prior experiences, coursework, and skills relevant to the internship are seriously considered. Similarly, the Al Qasimi Foundation is interested in knowing what students hope to gain through the internship and how it will help them achieve their academic and professional goals. Preference will be given to students planning graduate studies or wanting to gain research experience in education, public policy, or closely related disciplines. The Al Qasimi Foundation Program Managers and Director serve as the evaluation and selection committee.
Please note that the Internship Program is very competitive. Although the Al Qasimi Foundation receives many excellent and high-quality applications, only a few are selected each year. All applications that meet minimum eligibility criteria will be kept on file for 12 months. Should new internship positions arise during that time, the Al Qasimi Foundation will contact the applicants whose qualifications best align with the available openings.
Students are strongly encouraged to visit their university career centers for resources on writing professional resumes, CVs, cover letters, and personal statements. When ready to submit their materials, students should complete the online Internship Application Form and attach the requested documents. Only applications submitted through the online form will be considered for open internship positions. Students will be contacted should additional information be required, so they should not e-mail or send hard copy materials unless requested. After submitting materials online, applicants may contact the Program Manager for Outreach to verify whether their applications were successfully received.
While information on Al Qasimi Foundation internship opportunities is provided in Arabic for accessibility purposes, due to the English requirements outlined above (minimum 6.5 IELTS or 85 TOEFL iBT scores), the online application form and all supporting materials should be submitted in English. This includes the applicant’s cover letter, curriculum vitae (CV), and academic writing sample. The two required recommendation letters, however, may be submitted in Arabic if this is the letter writer’s primary language.
Application requirements include:
- A formal cover letter outlining reasons that the applicant wants to intern with the Al Qasimi Foundation and how he/she hopes to contribute to its work. The letter should address (1) prior experiences, coursework, and skills relevant to the internship; (2) what the applicant hopes to gain from the experience; and (3) how the internship fits into the applicant's long-term academic and professional goals. The cover letter should also include information on potential dates and duration of the internship in Ras Al Khaimah.
- A CV or resume outlining educational background, research experience, work experience, honors and awards, and co-curricular activities.
- The most recent official transcript for current academic program and official transcripts for all completed degrees.
- An official copy of a TOEFL or IELTS score report (only necessary for applicants for whom English is a second language).
- Two letters of reference that address the suitability of the candidate. At least one letter must be from an applicant’s professor at his/her current university. The second letter may be from a workplace supervisor. Both letters must indicate the length of time, extent, and nature of the recommending party's relationship with the applicant.
- An academic writing sample, which should be a recent paper written by the applicant for one of his/her university courses.
The Al Qasimi Foundation reviews internship applications biannually based on their anticipated start dates. Deadlines for the current cycles:
- Internships beginning Summer 2017/Fall 2017: March 1, 2017
- Internships beginning Winter 2017/Spring 2018: October 15, 2017
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