Internship MEI’s Oman Library – Washington, DC

Description: MEI’s Oman Library is home to over 20,000 books and rare books, and is a valued resource for faculty and researchers on a wide range of topics relating to the Middle East. The Library is currently in the process of re-opening after being closed due to a large renovation project. This is a unique opportunity to be part of a major collection development project at a special library.

Internship Description: Help sort and price materials in preparation for book sale; work on “Collection Spotlight” posts on Website; help with processing materials to be included in the collection; perform routine library tasks including provide directional assistance, shelf-reading project, shift materials as needed, re-shelve books used by researchers, check-out and check-in library materials.

About the Library

The Oman Library is in the process of re-organizing and re-establishing itself as a valuable resource and workspace for MEI staff, members, and researchers. The library houses a large circulating collection, a small reference section, and rare books.

The Librarian seeks an intern to assist with all matters related to the re-establishment of the library, including organization of materials, shelf-reading, shifting, and identification of materials needing repair. There may also be opportunities for cataloging of materials that have been donated or acquired by the library but not yet processed.

The intern will work on all library-related matters including setting up display cases, re-shelving items, circulation tasks, answering questions from library patrons, social media posts, and reference guides as necessary.

Required Skills:

  • A positive attitude
  • Ability to multitask and perform physical labor such as shifting entire shelves of books, and moving and lifting heavy items
  • Familiarity and interest in the Middle East
  • Dedication to user service and basic principles of library science 

Desired Qualifications

  • Cataloging experience, a thorough understanding of RDA
  • Arabic language proficiency, reading and writing
  • Familiarity with regional literature and publications

Application Process

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and each department may have their own specific dates

To apply for an internship, please send the items below in PDF format to Nigar Mammadova at

  1. Cover letter

  2. Resume

  3. Three references (contact information only; no letters, please)

  4. Five-page (maximum), double-spaced writing sample on a topic relevant to current events in the Middle East, abstract not included in five-page count

  5. College transcript (unofficial preferred, electronically).

Format the email’s subject according to the following model: “Last Name – Spring Internship Application”.

Please note that due to the large volume of applicants, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Interested applicants from all academic backgrounds are encouraged to apply; however, preference will be given to those applicants with superior writing, organizational, word-processing, and Middle Eastern language skill.

Start and end dates of internships are flexible upon intern’s schedule and department.

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