EcoPeace Middle East's International Internship Program
 
I.   Goal
The EcoPeace internship is an opportunity for high-caliber international students and young professionals to gain first-hand experience in the emerging field of environmental peacemaking, as well as providing support for EcoPeace’s ongoing projects and programs.
 
II. Duration of Internship
· A 3 month commitment is required with preference given to longer commitments. Applicants should be aware that the standard tourist visa given upon arrival is three months. EcoPeace is unable to assist with visas for internship applicants.
· Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.
 
III. Requirements
· Internships are full time positions, a minimum requirement of 4 work days per week.
· Completion of Masters Degree, Masters Degree in-progress, or two years of work experience
· Strong English writing skills, Arabic and/or Hebrew are an advantage
· Interns are required to supply their own laptop computers (adaptors etc.)
· All interns are required to hold valid health insurance for the duration of their internship.
 
IV. Application Procedures
· Please send the following items to info@foeme.org prior to the application deadlines as indicated in section II.
i. CV/Resume
ii. Cover letter. Please specify why you are interested in working with EcoPeace Middle East, particular position, office preference, examples of relevant academic research or professional work, and previous experience living abroad, particularly if you have experience in Israel/Palestine or other areas of conflict or cross cultural environments.
iii. Writing sample for Hebrew and/or Arabic if relevant; English writing sample if English is your second language
iv. Letters of recommendation are encouraged, but not required
 
V. Positions
Positions are designed individually based on the needs of the organization at the time of application and throughout the internship taking into consideration the applicants qualifications and interests

1. Resource Development/ Administration Intern (Tel Aviv based)
• Supervised by Resource Development Officer
• Assists in donor outreach, research on prospective donors and letters of first inquiry, and donor communication/reporting
• Writing EcoPeace’s annual report

2. Research Intern (Tel Aviv/Amman/Bethlehem based)
• Supervised by relevant Project Coordinator
• Intern will assist in research that is integrated into EcoPeace’s ongoing projects.

3. Sharhabil Bin Hassaneh, Jordan Eco-Park Intern
• Supervised by Deputy Director, Jordan
• Implementing educational activities in the EcoPeace EcoPark

4. Auja Environmental Education EcoPark Intern, based at center in Auja, Palestine
• Promotes the Auja EcoPark in travel guides, vis a vis local and international tour companies and tour guides
• Drafts promotional material for center
• English editing of publications and reports related to the center
• Support for website development
• Support for environmental education activities for local and international visitors and groups
• Support for on-site development
• Supervised by Auja EcoPark Manager and Director, Bethlehem Office
• Auja Intern will live on-site in the Auja Guest house integrating themselves into the Auja team and community.
• Beginning level Arabic strong advantage

Note: 70% of the internship will be devoted to the intern’s project. The remaining 30% will consist of general support activities, including:
• Logistical support for upcoming events/ activities
• Follow up with international media
• Small research projects
• English writing/ editing
• Administrative support as needed
• Urgent needs of the organization
- Contributing to Social Media as needed

VI. Supervision
• Interns will meet with their respective supervisors bi-weekly for feedback and review, and meet monthly with the Director in their office. Interns must be self motivated and able to work independently.

 
VII. Expenses
· EcoPeace will reimburse interns for all work-related public travel expenses (including local public transportation from home to office).
· EcoPeace is unable to cover any international travel or living expenses related to the internship program. For information on potential funding sources, please consult EcoPeace’s intern handbook.
 
VIII. Examples of projects completed by EcoPeace internships include:
· Environmental Education Handbook for the EcoPark in Jordan available here.
· Best Practices in Domestic Water Demand Management Paper available here.
· EcoPeace's Comments to the World Bank Terms of Reference for the Red Sea - Dead Sea Water Conveyance Project available here.
· EcoPeace interns maintain the organization's blog
 
IX. EcoPeace has compiled a manual written by former interns that gives tips on transportation, accommodations, insurance and other practical information in all 3 of our office locations.
 
X. Interns applying for a post at the Bethlehem office, for any period, but especially if exceeding 3 months, need to secure their visa for the whole duration before arriving to Palestine.
 
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Read some 'reflections' by past interns at EcoPeace:
- by Lena Siedentopp (July 2012)
- by Tara Siegel (May 2012)
- by Josef Wenninger (February 2012)
- by Daniel Olson (August 2011)
- by Tammy Stern (May 2010)
 
Looking forward to hearing from you.
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EcoPeace's Amman office is specifically looking for an intern to work on:

Good Water Neighbors project \ Adults Sector
- Collecting data from municipalities, ministers to develop (write) a project brief for the priority in each community.
- Writing a full project brief (could be more than one)
[The priority project is a project that aims to reduce any negative environmental/ water problems that is causing pollution].
- Meet with residents and community coordinator and municipal staff to identify a priority project, in each community that has a cross-border impact.
- Advance older priority project through:
1. Fund raising, writing letters to funders explaining about the priority and the need to do it.
2. Lobbying government body such as ministers and municipalities.

EcoPark
- Research: online, by phone, documentation etc.
- Data compilation; analyzing data, structuring, evaluation
- Basic accounting and budgeting
- Conducting interviews, evaluating results
- Writing summaries and brief reports
- Contacting organizations, public and private entities
- Going to SHE Ecopark and helping with operational tasks on site (willingness to stay overnight at SHE)
- Very good command of English is needed
- Very good communication skills

Media
Must have strong background in environmental issues and is expected to work alongside the media officer to produce content for both print and social media.

EcoPeace’s Bethlehem team is looking for an intern to support programming at our Auja EcoCenter. This is a great opportunity to learn about transboundary water issues on the ground, while gaining valuable professional experience from a diverse range of fields including ecotourism, water management and environmental education! Candidates must have mother-tongue level English and a background in environmental issues. The intern will be based out of our Bethlehem office with regular work at our Auja EcoCenter. The position is available immediately for six months.