The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Liberty's (FNF) Regional Office for North Africa and the Middle East (MENA) in Cairo offers internships to qualified young german liberals and liberal-minded individuals. Our interns participate in all activities of the Foundation and have their own responsibilities and work assignments. An internship at the Regional Office is a good opportunity to get first-hand experience in an international political organization.

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Qualifications of Applicants:

• Graduate or Undergraduate Students: Applicants are preferably in their second year of undergraduate study at the time of application
• Preferred academic disciplines are Political Science, History, Economics, Islamic Studies, Oriental Studies, Sociology or International Law
• Proved interest in Politics, Civil Society, Economy and Culture of MENA Region
• A special interest in liberal politics
• Basic or advanced knowledge of Arabic is desired, yet not required
• Excellent command of the English language (in speaking and writing) is obligatory
• High motivation and commitment
• Highly developed ability to work autonomously and self-dependently
• High level of flexibility in the intercultural dialogue.

Application Procedure:

• Application letter
• Curriculum vitae
• Letter of motivation (please explain why you are interested in the internship, what it is that makes you a strong candidate and what your expectations of the internship are)
• Academic Transcript from university listing grades as well as courses taken
• Credentials Certificates from past internships/ jobs (if any).
• Time of the internship: Internships can take place throughout the whole year, except for the months of July and August. They should last three months minimum. However, in exceptional cases, this could be arranged otherwise.

You may apply by sending these documents by E-Mail to the Project Manager of the Regional Office Middle East and North Africa (MENA) in Cairo, Mr. Dirk Kunze, at All documents should be in the English language.

Basic information on the internship at the FNF office in Cairo:

• The FNF is an organization for civic education. It is not an educative body.
• The FNF, regional office, strives to integrate the intern in the daily working routine.
• The internship with FNF is a voluntary service. The FNF will not be able to provide you with any salary for the duration of the internship. However, a small monthly expense allowance can be arranged.
• The intern is required to write a report evaluating her/his internship at the end of the internship.
• FNF will provide you with a certificate documenting your internship (on request).
• Working hours are Sunday to Thursday from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. In individual cases, this can be arranged otherwise, if necessary.

Our service for interns in our office:

• Excellent working conditions (individual working place, PC, access to the Internet; Telefon, etc). The entire office infrastructure is at your disposal
• Access to local and international events in Cairo (or in Egypt) related to the mission and work of FNF, whether organized by FNF or other organizations.
• Contacts to local and international partners of FNF, in Egypt and on an international scale.

We expect from our interns:

• Willingness to assist in all fields of our everyday organizational work
• Ability to carry out research and to write reports
• Cooperation in organizing FNF events (conferences, seminars, workshops, round-tables, discussions, visiting programs, etc.)
• Comply with all necessary visa and residence formalities for the duration of the internship.

Health Insurance:

FNF's Regional Office is not in the position to provide the intern with a health Insurance during the internship. We therefore strongly recommend making necessary arrangements, i.e. signing health/accident insurance which covers the return to the home country in case of emergency, prior to the commencement of the internship. Proof of such insurance needs to be presented before beginning the internship.

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