About Internships

The School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies provides an opportunity for students who are interested in working in public and non-profit organizations and agencies through for-credit internships. Middle Eastern and North African Studies majors/minors may receive up to three units of MENAS credit.

Students are expected to write a 5-page paper; it will include a reflection of the experience and discuss how the knowledge gained in the classroom was represented in the internship experience.

Student Eligibility

To qualify for internship credits, students must:

  • Be currently enrolled at the University of Arizona.
  • Be in good academic standing with the University of Arizona and have maintained at least a 2.00 GPA (major and cumulative) at the University of Arizona before enrolling for internship credits.
  • Have completed at least one full-time semester at the University of Arizona.
  • Have completed at least one course in MENAS or a similar subject area.
  • Be a declared major or minor in the department offering the internship. (Non-Majors and minors can earn elective credit but are held to the same standards and requirements.) 

Note: Students in the Honors College should consult with an Honors College advisor regarding Honors credit for an internship.

Application Process

Before the start of the internship:

  • The student is responsible for making the necessary contacts and securing the internship site by arranging an interview/meeting with the Organization Contact or Internship Supervisor (Current jobs/volunteering positions do not apply).
  • The student must meet with the Internship Instructor to determine the suitability of the proposed internship.
  • The student and the internship supervisor complete the Middle Eastern and North African Studies Internship Application Form before the first day of classes of the semester in which the internship is to be completed.
  • The internship supervisor will review the application and determine the appropriate number of units. They will discuss and generate academic learning objectives with the student. The application will be signed and the student will submit a Change of Schedule form along with the application to the Academic Coordinator.
  • The students must verify that the internship has been added to the semester schedule and pay for the credits.
  • The internship supervisor submits the Internship Evaluation Form for completion at the end of the semester.
  • The student will attend a final internship meeting during the last week of classes and turn in their paper and the Student Intern Evaluation Form.
  • The internship supervisor assigns a grade.