1st year u/g students, 2nd year u/g students, 3rd year u/g students
Student Responsibilty with support from IIP and/or Host Organization
International Internship Program
About: Established in 2002, MESIS is an NGO based in Amman, Jordan. It is a joint initiative between the Royal Scientific Society in Jordan and Sandia National Laboratories in the U.S. Though it is a scientific organization, very few of the staff members are scientists by training. MESIS deals primarily with chemical/biological/radiological and nuclear (CBRN) risks. These risks are not only a result of deliberate actions but can be accidental or natural. This is why it is important that civil society is involved in addressing these risks. MESIS’ main role is to develop and implement regional training and engagement programs for experts from government (military and civilian) or otherwise (academia and private sector) to raise awareness about these threats and build capacity to deal with them. Since these threats are cross-border by nature, MESIS also looks to promote regional cooperation in these areas, thereby promoting the role of science and technology collaboration in bringing people together. MESIS works on exciting and cutting edge issues that lie at the nexus of science and security issues. Examples include the development of a regional response plan for pandemic outbreaks/biohazard outbreaks/radiological accidents, the localization of best practices on nuclear security and the testing of infrasound technologies to be used for the comprehensive nuclear test ban treaty verification regime.
Intern Responsibilities: This IIP internship is flexible in the sense that the IIP intern can be involved on a number of different issues. Interns will be assigned specific tasks but will also have a choice to pursue other work that is related to MESIS's mission. Work responsibilities will include: arranging, planning, and implementing major international conferences, training programs, and scientific experiments. The intern’s involvement may cover budgeting, logistics, PR, or customer relations; developing funding proposals and meeting with prospective donors; arranging and/or attending high level meetings with local or foreign dignitaries; and preparing meeting material, presentations, and memos on specific topics of interest. Interns also may have the opportunity to work on one of the following three projects:
Network for Radiation Monitoring- MESIS administers a network that seeks to develop common standards on radiation monitoring across the Middle East. It is important to develop such standards across the region and then try to raise them. MESIS manages this project which includes managing data sharing, hosting the website, managing communication between network members, and organizing its annual workshop. Aside from policymakers and scientists from the region, it includes participation of the International Atomic Energy Agency, the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization, and the US Department of Energy, among others. An IIP intern could be involved in any number of activities on this project. This includes the content side such as being an official rapporteur for the annual workshop, designing the agenda for the year in consultation with donors, developing the metrics by which the workshop is assessed, or developing workshop reports and policy memos for regional partners in government and the Arab League. It may also include administrative tasks like managing the news and events section on the website, arranging logistics for the annual workshop (airlines, agenda, local transportation and other vendors), and managing budgets and price quotations.
Site Assessment- MESIS manages a project to ensure that there are standards in place at facilities that use low-level radioactive sources. These include hospitals who used radioisotopes for cancer treatment and academic institutions that use radioactive sources to calibrate equipment. The idea behind the project is to ensure that the overlooked side of radiological and nuclear security (the soft underbelly) is not overlooked. An IIP intern could conduct site assessment visits with members of the staff, be responsible for developing the reporting and documentation of the site visits, and be involved in communicating with a variety of stakeholders.
News for Stakeholders-MESIS tries to ensure that its website is constantly updated with news that is of interest to our stakeholders. An intern may be requested to research and write short pieces of news that might be of interest to our stakeholders and run the analytics for each story. This will help determine which stories to select in the future. Previous interns have helped implement major international conferences at MESIS.
Qualifications: Candidates with a background in international affairs, public policy, development, Middle East studies, human or hard sciences, management, marketing, and a specific interest in science and technology or broader interest in the role that science and technology can play in furthering regional stability are encouraged to apply. Basic Arabic would be an asset but is not required.