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Posted: 08/05/2014

Center of Arab West Understanding

CAWU is a non-governmental organization that aims to foster better understanding between Muslims and Christians and between the Arab world and other cultures.

Arabic-English Translation Intern
Internship Opportunity
Cairo, AL
Open Until
Until Filled


As an Arabic-English translation intern you will play a key role in our organization. By consistently selecting, interpreting and translating materials in a quality manner you will directly help us correcting misconceptions that exist due to language and cultural barriers, while at the same time improving your own linguistic capabilities.


As an Arabic-English translation intern your tasks might include, but are not limited to:


- Monitoring English and Arabic (online) newspapers and select relevant material to be translated and summarized for our database.

- Making English summary translations of Arabic press articles.

- Making full English translations of a variety of Arabic texts, including opinion articles, reports and interviews.

- Writing media critiques.

- Making specialized overviews of Arabic press articles on occasions when there is a significant amount of media coverage on a particular topic.


- Assisting with the presentation of translated material for the English and Arabic versions of our e-magazine.

- Researching particular phrases, terminologies, or concepts to find the appropriate meaning in the target language.

- Proofreading already translated material for accuracy, meaning, and thoroughness.

- Ensuring that transliteration and formatting are consistent.

- General (web) administrative tasks.



- University student or graduate with an educational background in Arabic studies, Middle Eastern studies, English, translation or a related field.

- Ability to read and comprehend Arabic language news articles and other written materials for meaning and factual accuracy in a timely manner.

- Advanced capability to communicate effectively in both written and spoken English.

- Capacity to translate material from Modern Standard Arabic to English.

- The ability to simultaneously work on multiple projects in an effective manner. - A general knowledge of Arab/West and Muslim/Christian relations.


- Previous translation experience is a plus. However, a natural linguistic talent and eagerness to learn is equally acceptable!

- Any experience with journalistic or academic writing or editing, whether through former jobs, internships, or a school publication is useful.

- Prior experience with basic web administrative duties is a plus.

- Experience in the non-governmental, grassroots and/or humanitarian sector is beneficial.

Eligibility - Applicants must commit to work for at least 2 consecutive months. Those who can commit to a longer internship period will receive priority. - Applicants must be available to work at least 35 hours per week during weekdays between 8:30am and 5:30pm. The Egyptian weekend is Friday and Saturday.


All internships are unpaid. However, the cost of living in Cairo is relatively inexpensive and CAWU can provide the applicant with a letter requesting funding if necessary. Depending on the university there are possibilities for the intern to receive college credit. All interns will receive a recommendation letter after they successfully complete their internship. Furthermore, intern participation in cultural activities such as lectures, workshops, or seminars can account for up to 10% of the agreed working hours, provided they relate to intercultural dialogue and seek to give participants a deeper mutual understanding of the Arab world and the West. Such activities can be organized individually or by management

How to apply
Send the following documents to info@cawu.org - Your resume/CV with the names and contact information of two references. - A motivation letter, including the desired period of your internship and the specific intern position. Note: After a first selection the prospective translation intern will be asked to do a proof translation in order to determine his/her translation skills.
Farah De Haan
Phone: +002 02 23598087
90, 14B street, Maadi, Cairo

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