CET Jordan: Internship

Hands-On Learning About
The Middle East

Intern in Amman.
Study MSA and Dialect.
Choose an elective.
  • A well-rounded program for students interested in the Middle East
  • Internship + an internship course 
  • Electives taught in English 
  • Arabic language partner 
  • Limited language pledge 
  • Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI)

Why Intern?

When you intern, you attain practical experience, improve your language skills, build your résumé, and get an insider’s view of Amman, all at the same time. You gain important insight into the culture and learn to navigate a Jordanian workplace with professionalism, poise, and respect. Best of all, you get the chance to meaningfully give back to the local community hosting you.
Student Voice
Interested in what interning in Jordan is like? Read Elizabeth Pantaleon’s blog post, “Interning Abroad.”

Internship Possibilities

We help you identify opportunities that align with your Arabic abilities, professional interests, and skills. Then, starting from your very first day, we provide you with support to make sure you have the structure and guidance to get the most out of your placement.

  • Middle East Children’s Institute
  • Near East Foundation
  • Analyseize Market Research
  • Alhadaf
  • Partners-Jordan Center for Civic Collaboration
  • Jordan Transparency Center
  • Madaba Foundation to Support Development
  • Debate Foundation for Enabling the Culture of Dialogue
  • Human Rights Watch
  • The Jordan Times
  • Reclaim Childhood

Want more Arabic? Join the Intensive Language program instead.Learn More

Your Interests, Your Courses

Delve into Jordanian society through the lens of archeology. Grapple with economics and politics in the Arab world. Go beyond a newspaper-headline understanding of the refugee crisis and forced migration. Whatever you’re interested in, choose an elective class that helps you explore it. And don’t worry…all electives are offered in English.

Don’t see the course you want on our roster? Design an independent study instead. Whether it’s gender and sexuality, the interplay between Bedouins and tourism, or racial issues in Arab culture, you’ll be in the perfect place to discover whatever piques your interest.

Add "Arabic" To Your Résumé

You’ll take Intensive MSA, the language of the nightly newscasts, and Intensive Jordanian Dialect, the language spoken in the markets and between friends. You’ll also have a local roommate and a language partner to practice with. There will even be assignments that get you out of the classroom to interview locals, order at a restaurant, and describe the sights and sounds at the souq (market).

Oral Proficiency Interview

You’ll cover at least one year of college-level Arabic in a semester. And if this sounds unbelievable, wait until you take an official Oral Proficiency Interview at the end of the term. Most students jump an astounding three sub-levels, and OPI scores are written proof of what you’ve accomplished…perfect for putting on a résumé or grad school application.

Curriculum & Syllabi


You’ll work at your internship placement for at least 10 hours/week.

You also take this course:

AR398 Internship: Bridging Theory and Practice
3 credits for course + placement

Placements start a few weeks into the semester, after you’ve had a chance to warm up your Arabic.

Arabic Language

You are placed into one of these MSA courses:

AR100 Intensive Beginning MSA
6 credits

AR200 Intensive Advanced Beginning MSA
6 credits

AR300 Intensive Intermediate MSA
6 credits

AR400 Intensive Intermediate High MSA
6 credits

AR500 Intensive Advanced MSA
6 credits

AR600 Intensive Advanced High MSA
6 credits

And you are placed into one of these Dialect courses:

AR150 Intensive Beginning Jordanian Dialect for Novices in MSA
4 credits

AR250 Intensive Beginning Jordanian Dialect
4 credits

AR350 Intensive Advanced Beginning Jordanian Dialect
4 credits

AR450 Intensive Intermediate Jordanian Dialect
4 credits

AR550 Intensive Advanced Levantine Dialect
4 credits

All language classes are front-loaded. They meet more in the beginning of the term, and taper off after that.

Faculty Advisory Committee

CET maintains a faculty advisory committee of US-based scholars that provides guidance and expertise, and helps shape program development.

Nesreen Akhtarkhavari

DePaul University

Director of Arabic Studies
Assistant Professor of Arabic

Mahmoud Al-Batal

University of Texas at Austin

Associate Professor of Arabic
Director of Arabic Flagship Program

Kristen Brustad

University of Texas at Austin

Associate Professor and Chair
Department of Middle East Studies

Kristin Smith Diwan

Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington

Senior Resident Scholar

John Eisele

College of William & Mary

Associate Professor of Arabic Studies

Joseph Essex

US Department of State

Foreign Affairs Officer for the Bureau
of Near Eastern Affairs

Nashwa Taher

George Washington University

Arabic Language Specialist

Max Weiss

Princeton University

Assistant Professor of History and
Near Easterm Studies

Course Availability

Our goal is to offer every single course every term, but sometimes factors like faculty availability and program enrollment keep us from reaching that goal. If you’re concerned about needing to enroll in any one particular course, please contact us! We’ll try our best to get you the course you need.