Host Organization: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Organization Profile: The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is a unique global network of policy research centers in Russia, China, Europe, the Middle East, India, and the United States. Our mission, dating back more than a century, is to advance peace through analysis and development of fresh policy ideas and direct engagement and collaboration with decision-makers in government, business, and civil society. Working together, our centers bring the inestimable benefit of multiple national viewpoints to bilateral, regional, and global issues.
We are 120 thinkers and doers from diverse disciplines and perspectives spread across more than twenty countries and six global centers working together as one network to advance international peace
City: Washington D.C
Internship format: Virtual/remote or In-person (pending Stanford and host organization policies)
Department Profile: Middle East Program
Work description: Assist Senior Fellow Karim Sadjadpour with research on Iran and the Arab world for a book to be published in 2021 by Random House/Knopf.
Karim Sadjadpour is a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where he focuses on Iran and U.S. foreign policy toward the Middle East. He is a regular contributor to the Atlantic and has also written for Foreign Affairs, the New York Times, the Economist, and the Washington Post. He is a frequent guest on the PBS NewsHour, NPR, Charlie Rose, and CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS, and has also been on the Colbert Report, the Today Show, and NPR’s Fresh Air.
Sadjadpour regularly advises senior U.S., European, and Asian officials and has testified numerous times before the U.S. Congress. He has lived in Latin America, Europe, and the Middle East (including both Iran and the Arab world) and speaks Persian, Italian, Spanish, and proficient Arabic. He is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, teaching a class on U.S. foreign policy and the Middle East.
He has written on Iran and the Middle East through the prism of neuroscience, cinema, satire, and sexuality, and his recent publications include “Ayatollah Machiavelli: How Ali Khamenei Became the Most Powerful Man in the Middle East.” He was previously an analyst with the International Crisis Group, based in Tehran and Washington. In 2007, he was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in Davos.
Number of Opening(s): 1
Work Hours and Internship Start/End Dates: (Monday to Friday, June 20- August 12, 2022): Full time/ Five days a week
Work Attire: Business casual, Friday is off in the summer
Local Language Needed ( One-year level at Stanford): Persian and/or Arab reading skills would be a plus
Additional desired intern qualifications: Diligent/meticulous researcher, excellent/clear writer
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- Priority will be given to students enrolled in the Global Studies Iranian Studies Minor.
- For summer 2022, proof of vaccination will be required for all undergraduate travel, with no exceptions. The final decision to proceed with the international learning opportunities is dependent upon factors such as a continued decline in case numbers and increase in vaccinations in specific locations. Policies regarding travel (domestic or international) and international internships will be updated as University policies evolve. Visit Health Alerts for Stanford travelers for the most current travel guidance and restrictions due to COVID-19.
Travel Reservations Requirement: All interns are required to utilize Stanford Travel, a centralized booking program, when booking airfare, hotels, or rental cars for their internship experiences.
Students must be enrolled at Stanford in the quarter when they apply for an internship opportunity (Winter), and will need to be enrolled in undergraduate study in the quarter when grant funding is disbursed (Spring). Applicants participating in off-campus Stanford programs are welcome to apply, but it is the responsibility of the applicant to compile, collate, and submit a complete application.
Internship participants must certify that they are in good academic standing, and may not participate in the program or receive or retain internship stipends if they are on suspension.
International students must consult with Bechtel about interning in the U.S. or abroad in the summer.
The Program is open to all undergraduate students. Seniors and coterm students are eligible as long as they do not confer their undergraduate degrees until after they complete their internships to remain eligible.
Participants must be current Stanford students during the internship period. Graduating seniors must postpone graduation paperwork until the internship ends, but may participate in commencement. For summer graduation requirements, including details regarding enrollment requirements and information about participation in the June commencement ceremonies, students should contact their major department's student services office and Registrar's Office for graduation quarter petition.
Preferably, before beginning their internships, selected candidates should have taken at least one course regarding the internship region. The course can be taken in the quarter prior to the internship.
Interns must commit to full-time work (a minimum of 35 hours per week) for at least 8 weeks.
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