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)

On-the-Job Learning

We match you with an organization that will help you grow, and vice versa. Build your résumé with practical experience and test your language skills in a work environment. Learn to navigate a Jordanian workplace with professionalism, poise, and respect. Understand how to unpack your work experience and take ownership of your internship. And by the time you’re headed home, you’ll have the insight and know-how to inform your future moves, academic and professional.
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
  • 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). On top of all of that, you’ll participate in the program’s partial language pledge—a commitment that challenges you to speak Arabic most of your time in Jordan.

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

Are you a CET student from Fall 2018 or prior? You can find your syllabi here.


If you choose to participate in an internship, you take this course. Your class and work hours will add up to a minimum total of 150 hours.

AM/INTS 350 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

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.