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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:

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 Farida Begum ( and Su'ad Abdul Khabeer (, the internship faculty advisors, 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 U-M AMAS/NES because of their potential interest to members of the U-M AMAS/NES community.  Inclusion of a listing does not imply U-M AMAS/NES endorsement of the particular organization, program, or opportunity described.