MEI’s Frontier Europe Initiative explores the complex interactions between countries of the Black Sea, including the growing energy, trade, security and political relationships in the region. The program also seeks to develop greater understanding of the interplay between the Black Sea region and the West, Middle East, and Asia.

Frontier Europe Initiative is accepting applications for several internship positions. These can be full or part time, depending on program requirements and availability of successful applicants. 

MEI interns are presented with exciting opportunities to do real work and complete substantive assignments with personal guidance and hands-on training from their supervisors. Starting January 2021, interns at the Middle East Institute will be paid a stipend of up to $500/month based on their hours per week. 

1. General Philip Breedlove, Distinguished Chair, Frontier Europe Initiative 

Description: Frontier Europe Initiative Distinguished Chair Gen. Philip Breedlove is seeking an intern to support his day-to-day program responsibilities and activities. This will include academic research, support around public events and dialogues, editing of Op-Eds and remarks, and general administration, such as forward planning and notetaking. 

Special skills: This intern should show strong attention to detail and time management skills. This intern should also demonstrate strong research and writing skills. Interest in military, security and/ or defense related issues is desirable, as is knowledge or experience in the Black Sea region. Language skills, including background in Russia, Ukrainian, or Turkish are a plus. 

Availability requirements: Day-to-day scheduling is flexible to fit the intern’s schedule, but a minimum commitment of 25 hours per week is required. 

2. Black Sea (Economy) 

Description: Frontier Europe Initiative’s international trade and economics scholars are seeking a dynamic intern interested in exploring topics that include trade, investment and connectivity in the Black Sea region. This intern will work closely with Frontier Europe scholars Dr. Mamuka Tsereteli and Ryan Olson, as well as the program’s resident and non-resident fellows, to explore emerging economic trends in the region and advance Washington policymaker’s common understanding of the region’s economic development and aspirations. Day-to-day deliverables include supporting the team’s research agenda by retrieving data and conducting primary research on regional economic and trade topics and supporting Frontier Europe events and meetings.

Special skills: The international trade and economics intern should be detail oriented and comfortable working and synthesizing large data sets to support research initiatives. Strong organizational skills and advanced knowledge of Microsoft Excel are required. Experience working in large, publicly available databases including the World Bank, IMF, UNCTAD and USITC is a plus. The intern should have a basic understanding of macroeconomic principles and the international trading system. Knowledge or experience in the region is desirable, but not required. Language skills, including background in Russia, Ukrainian, or Turkish are a plus. 

Availability requirements: Day-to-day scheduling is flexible to fit the intern’s schedule, but a minimum commitment of 25 hours per week is required. 

3. Communications and Digital Publications 

Description: Frontier Europe Initiative’s communications team is seeking a part or full time intern to support the program’s communications activities, stakeholder engagement, and digital and editorial output. Responsibilities will span research, web content and social media, newsletters and press releases, editing and design of digital publications, and program administration.

Special skills: This position requires strong writing and communications skills and technological savvy. Experience in graphic design is a plus. Interest and background in Eastern Europe, Central Asia and/ or the Caucasus is desirable. 

Availability requirements: Flexible 

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