Work-study (for Pennsylvania residents) and internships are available throughout the year. (Note: Internships are unpaid; for information on work-study grants, query your campus financial aid office.) Students serve in one of three support capacities.

Research Interns work under the direct supervision of the Institute’s research staff. Students help maintain data files, conduct literature searches, compile indices, or produce other material.

Editorial Interns are trained to analyze scholarly articles, correspond with authors, fact check, copyedit, proofread, and generally help with the production of the quarterly journal Orbis, as well as perform general administrative duties throughout the Institute.

Administrative Interns help with conference preparation, development, public relations, and maintain the Institute’s specialized periodical collection.

All language skills are welcome, but knowledge of Russian, Chinese, Persian, Arabic, French, German, and Spanish is especially helpful. A familiarity with word-processing programs and conducting research on the world-wide web is also desirable. Internships are available for an academic year, a semester, a summer, or by agreement, for a shorter time. A minimum commitment of 10 hours a week is required.

How to Apply for Internships

Our deadlines are as follows (Note new deadlines!): close of business (5pm) on 31 August for fall applications, 31 December for spring applications, and 1 April for summer applications. Send a cover letter stating your research interests and which internship you are applying for, a one page résumé, and a short writing sample (approx 3-10 pages, in .doc or .pdf format) to:

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact the internship coordinator at Due to the number of applications that we receive you will only be contacted if you have been selected; this will usually occur within two weeks of the application deadlines. Please, do not call to check on the status of your application.