Internships

The Yemen Polling Center (YPC) offers internships to graduate students and recently graduated persons. Fellowships are offered to researchers and professionals.

Interns will be able to develop research and editing skills, while assisting in the design and implementation of advocacy related projects. This may include the editing and writing of policy briefs and reports, organization of networking events, background research, writing of project proposals and communication with donor organizations. While fellows are asked to assist in the center's implementation of projects, they are expected to conduct their own research in the time of their fellowship. Working with YPC will also allow for the improvement of Arabic language skills.

Qualification
•    Demonstrated excellent writing skills
•    Excellent computer skills including word processing and Excel
•    Ability to meet deadlines, work under short deadlines, and turn assignments around quickly
•    Strong communication and interpersonal skills
•    Good judgment and ability to think creatively
•    English Language is required; basic Arabic is an asset.

During their assignment, Interns and Fellow must be able to adapt to the local living conditions and especially the constraints of an insecure environment.

Benefits
YPC will provide international interns with an entry and residence visa. Interns will receive a stipend to cover living expenses.
Throughout the assignment, YPC encourages interns/fellows to enroll in Arabic classes.

How to apply
Please submit a letter of motivation in which you clearly state your expectations of the internship, CV, and a brief writing sample (unedited, maximum 1,000 words) to: internship@yemenpolling.org.
Applications without a letter of motivation will not be considered.

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Testimonials

Lydia Funck – Masters Student in Conflict Studies at the University of Marburg, Germany
Internship at the Research and Advocacy Department (September and October 2013)
During my eight week internship at YPC, the weekly team meetings of the Research and Advocacy Department gave me an overview over all running projects and enabled me to fully take part in the daily work of the center. This included joining the Head of Research and Advocacy for preparatory meetings for a new project, as well as editing tasks and the drafting of a policy brief on the needs of youth activists in Yemen.

In the framework of the Parliament Watch project (add link to project website), I enjoyed being in charge of organizing meetings for the newly established Youth Lobby Group with international organization based in Sanaa. During my time at YPC, I also coordinated the center's participation in the celebrations of International Peace Day by initiating an exchange of pictures of peace between Yemeni and international students.

The internship at YPC provided me with insights into the work of a non-profit organization and first-hand experience in quantitative as well as qualitative research. I got a deeper understanding of the country, its people and the language. The excellent network of YPC is fruitful for interns and fellows researching Yemen's politics, society and economy. I am grateful for my time and experience as a member of the YPC team.

Scott Preston - Intern at the Research and Advocacy Department (June until September 2013)
Of all the Middle Eastern countries I’ve been to Yemen was certainly the most memorable, and for those interested in Yemen’s culture and politics then there could be no better place than YPC.
As part of YPC's team I felt as though I were at the forefront of discovery, learning about Yemen and its momentous transition while helping Yemen learn about itself. During my internship I gained valuable experience contributing to the Framing the Revolution project (add link to the framing of the revolution website), assisting with fund development, creating the organization newsletter and editing numerous studies for publication.
 
The YPC employees were extraordinarily friendly, generous and helpful and allowed me into their world through invitations to everything from dinners to wedding ceremonies. YPC is also unique in the high degree of freedom it allows its foreign staff. This enabled me to take advantage of Yemen’s immersive Arabic environment and I practiced my language skills frequently while shopping in Sanaa’s ancient World Heritage Site and enjoying shisha with friends. I learned a lot during my few months with YPC but one trip is not enough for a place like Yemen and I suspect I’ll be returning someday soon.  

Jens Heibach – PhD Student at the University of Marburg, Germany
Fellow at the Research and Advocacy Department (November and December 2012)
Conducting field research in Yemen is not too easy a task these days. If you accept the challenge nonetheless, the Yemen Polling Center is the prime address for researchers indeed. The center not only helps you taking bureaucratic hurdles easily but cordially welcomes you to their team upon arrival. You’ll be swiftly integrated, and the projects YPC works on are not only meaningful but highly interesting and most probably beneficial for your own research as well. The staff is extraordinarily friendly, competent, and helpful. The working atmosphere is excellent and productive. On all accounts, I enjoyed my stay at YPC – and I am looking forward to returning to Yemen and to YPC in particular.