Do you want to combine your study of the Arabic language with an internship? Then you’ve come to the right place.
Put your Arabic language skills to work by adding valuable community development experience and references to your CV. We encourage you to get involved in the positive work happening in and around Jordan. By serving and connecting with others, you will enhance your understanding of the culture and of the region itself.
To facilitate your involvement, Qasid helps provide students with opportunities for hands-on, unpaid work experience in the areas of Social and Relief Services, Education, Business Administration, Marketing | IT | Social Media, Diplomacy, International Relations, Politics, Tourism, Media and Journalism, and Human rights and Development amongst others.
Here are a few answers about how it all works
- Am I eligible for an internship?
To qualify you must be enrolled in Qasid’s core program, at least part time, and the internship may not conflict with your class schedule or affect your class
- What kind of work would I do?
You will be placed in an area that reflects your interests, previous work experience and educational background, subject to the availability of positions and pending acceptance from the employer.
- What hours would I work?
Your work schedule will depend upon the agreement made between yourself and the Placement Provider, as long as it does not encroach on your Qasid classes
- What is the duration of the internship?
The length of the internship depends upon the agreement made between you, the Qasid Internship Committee, and the placement provider. However, most placements require a minimum of 2 months’ commitment, and 10 hours per week, according to the schedule they demand from the student.
- How will I benefit?
You benefit by gaining practical, real-world experience, living a sample of life in a chosen field, and through networking opportunities. You will stand out to future employers with your cross-cultural skills and sensitivity, and increased language proficiency, thus improving your chance to get a job offer working in another country.
- Are there opportunities for any kind of certification?
Upon successful completion of the internship, you will receive a certificate of completion and a personal reference from Qasid.
- How many applicants are normally accepted?
The acceptance rate varies. As long as you meet the requirements, you have a strong advantage over those who do not meet the requirements.
- Are you able to provide a list of agencies that students have worked for in the past?
Among many other agencies Qasid students have worked with UNRWA, Johud, The Jordan Times, Global Nomads Group, Injaz, Arab Institute for Security Studies, Souriat Across Boarders, Humanitarian Family Aid, Jordan Institute of Diplomacy, Energy Conservation Society, Al Hayat Center for Civil Society Development, Reclaim childhood etc.
- How do I apply?
And then pay the fee (refer below for fees and deposits).
To see what opportunities are available, you may contact the Internship Coordinator, Hani Al Jamal at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The internship application period begins 4 weeks before the start of each term.
Application requirements include:
- a copy of yourpassport
- a detailed CV
- a statement of purpose
- any other relevant personal information (special needs, preferences, goals, etc).
After completing the internship application and paying the internship fee and potentially refundable deposit, each applicant will be assessed and reviewed by the Qasid Internship Committee. Acceptance is not guaranteed; individuals will be selected based on their education, skills, language capabilities, leadership experience, purpose, and length of stay. If there is a potential match with a placement provider, the applicant will be contacted to go for further interviews. Of course, if a match is not found, the student will have their fee refunded.
There are essentially two fees involved:
- a nonrefundable Placement Fee of 350 JD which is due upon your acceptance of an offered position, and
- a potentially refundable Deposit of 150 JD which is subject to the conditions of participation listed below.
The deposit is refundable upon the completion of the internship placement duration only if you fully cooperate in both the placement search process and within the placement role itself. A lack of cooperation may include, but is not limited to your:
- Not actively working with your assigned representatives from the Qasid Internship Committee to find a reasonable placement;
- Missing scheduled internship interviews, evaluation reviews or other official appointments;
- Not responding to the Qasid Internship Committee communications in a timely manner;
- Unreasonably refusing suitable placements sourced for you. By participating, you acknowledge that Qasid reserves the right to be the judge of this, but will consider your opinions for suitability.
- Dishonesty, acting offensively or in bad faith, which jeopardizes Qasid’s relationship with placement providers and prevents future collaboration with them.
- Periodically missing placement work days, or other types of truancy or deliberate under-performance, unless there is a certified medical or emergency reason that is approved by both Qasid and the provider.
- Unbecoming conduct with any of the placement team members, including consensual personal relationships outside of a professional, office setting for the duration of the program.
- Loss, damage, or theft of equipment, materials, property or information belonging to the placement provider.
- Not finishing and submitting evaluations and assignments to the Qasid Internship Committee on time.
Participants who are deemed uncooperative will be notified by the Qasid Internship Committee, and may be dropped from the program with no refund of either the fees or the deposit.
If you encounter a problem which renders the placement or its commute unsafe or unfeasible, an alternate site will be sourced for you at no extra cost, pending approval by the Qasid Internship Committee.
The deposit, and all subsequent program fees paid are not refundable if you withdraw from the program for any reason. This includes discontinuing based on medical, personal, family, academic, financial, and all other situations, unless approved by the Qasid Internship Committee on a case-by-case basis. The deposit, and all subsequent program fees paid are fully refundable ONLY if the Qasid Internship Committee fails to procure a suitable placement for you.
A note of advice
Before committing yourself to any volunteer position, ensure you are comfortable with the pace of your Qasid course load so as not to fall behind. Remember, your success with Arabic (like anything) depends on giving it its due time.
The Qasid Arabic Institute does not sponsor or endorse in any way the agencies allocated for student internships, nor their affiliates or subsidiary organizations. What happens at the placement site, from any of the provider’s employees, does not reflect upon Qasid, nor is Qasid responsible for anything that happens during the placement.
If you would like to recommend organizations other than those currently on our list, please feel free to forward their names Mr. Hani al Jamal via email at email@example.com.