American Culture’s Arab and Muslim American Studies Program and Near Eastern Studies’ (NES) Arabic Language concentrators have partnered to offer internships for credit (AMCULT/NES 390). The objective is to provide students with the opportunity to explore career options related to Arab and Muslim American Studies, particularly in legal, social, cultural issues, and the arts and to provide students the opportunity to use their Arabic language skills.
Internship opportunities are available at the following organizations:
• Arab American National Museum
• Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services
• Arab Studies Institute
• The Back Door Food Pantry
• Council on American-Islamic Relations
• Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project
• Jewish Family Services
NES students whose language of concentration is Arabic can seek an internship using the Arabic language with the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS), Arab Studies Institute, The Back Door Food Pantry (BDFP), the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP), or Jewish Family Services.
Some internship opportunities located in Dearborn or Southfield are about 40 minutes away from Ann Arbor and therefore interested students need access to a car. Occasionally, carpooling can be arranged, so please inquire if you are interested and without transportation. Other internship opportunities are located in Ann Arbor, or can be done remotely. Limited positions are available each semester.
During the fall and winter terms, students can sign up for 2 credits (6 hours/week), 3 credits (9 hours/week), or 4 credits (12 hours/week). During the spring and summer terms, students can sign up for 1 credit (6 hours/week), 2 credits (12 hours/week), 3 credits (18 credits/week), or 4 credits (24 hours/week). These are unpaid internships. Participating students will be required to submit a short blog post once per week reflecting on their internship experience, write a longer blog post at the conclusion of their internship, and provide a 5 minute overview of their experience at a public forum during the semester.
Interested students should contact Evelyn Alsultany, the internship faculty advisor, for more detailed information on the internships and for information on how to set up an interview with the organization of interest. The deadline to set up the internship through an interview with the organization and registering for AMCULT 390 is the drop/add deadline in the third week of the semester.
AMCULT/NES 390 counts as an elective towards the American Culture major or minor, towards the minor in Arab and Muslim American Studies within American Culture, and towards the Near Eastern Studies major.
Internship job announcements are publicized by UM AMAS/NES because of their potential interest to members of the UM AMAS/NES community. Inclusion of a listing does not imply UM AMAS/NES endorsement of the particular organization, program, or opportunity described.
Interested students should start by contacting Michael Witgen, the Director of Native American Studies, whose name and email address can be procured at 734-763-1460, for information on setting up an interview with American Indian Health. Students may also line up a faculty advisor who is not the Director of Native American Studies, though the director must be consulted. These are unpaid internships.
For work during the Fall and Winter Terms, students can sign up for 3 credits (9 hours/week), or 4 credits (12 hours/week). During the spring or summer terms, the number of hours double per credit. Evaluation of performance will be based on a 5-7 page paper submitted to the faculty advisor by the student at the end of the semester and comments on the student’s performance submitted to the faculty advisor by the designated supervisor at American Indian Health. Students are encouraged to serve for 2 consecutive semesters if time permits. This opportunity is intended to provide students with the opportunity to explore career options related to Native American Studies, particularly in health, management/business, social and cultural issues.