The MESC Engagement Team

"Join the MESC Engagement Team!"

Work on a team with other student volunteers and interns to promote events about the Middle East, develop educational materials, and create online media.  Become a part of a community of scholars, teachers and students of/in the Middle East.  The purpose of the engagement team is to keep pace with what our constituencies want in terms of learning opportunities and resources, to maintain their interest, to attract new learners, and to facilitate the coordination and execution of events.   Part of this is the production of media based on our events, and the sharing of these resources and information through email, social media and online image collections.  Each team member takes responsibility for certain tasks, usually tied to an upcoming event, in addition to daily duties performed every time the student walks into the MESC offices. Here are your options:

·         Volunteer

o   Our volunteers provide communications and logistics support for our events, as well as support for the production of instructional materials based on the content of our activities

·         Intern-in-Training or Academic Intern

o   Interns are given a more behind the scenes role with the planning and execution of our events and are much more involved in community engagement and learning

·         Lead Intern (Paid)

o   The Lead Intern works with the Assistant Director to delegate tasks to other interns and volunteers and oversee the majority of our events.

o   Must have at least two semester’s experience working for the Center prior to becoming the Lead Intern.

Those interested in working with the MESC should fill out the Volunteer Application. For more information about our Engagement Team, please visit our Join Us page.

Contact: Melinda McClimans, mcclimans.2@osu.edu

Details:

The Middle East Studies Center has opportunities available for OSU students interested in taking part in our educational program, academic events and outreach.  This is a significant means to support the mission of the Center. If you are interested in becoming a part of our team, you can start by applying to be a volunteer. Our volunteers provide communications and logistics support for our events, as well as support for the production of instructional materials based on the content of our activities. Once you get your foot in the door as a volunteer, you have the ability to become an intern-in-training. Interns are given a more behind the scenes role with the planning and execution of our events and are much more involved in community engagement and learning. Those interested in even more responsibility may pursue the role as the Lead Intern where you will work with the Assistant Director to delegate tasks to other interns and volunteers and oversee the majority of our events. 

The purpose of the engagement team is to keep pace with what our constituencies want in terms of learning opportunities and resources, to maintain their interest, to attract new learners, to facilitate the coordination and execution of events, and to produce media and instructional materials.   Part of this is the sharing of these resources and information through email, social media and online image collections.  Each team member takes responsibility for certain tasks tied to an upcoming event, in addition to daily duties performed during their shift at the MESC office. Some volunteers may participate without committing to shifts at the office, but they are not eligible in that case to become an intern.  It is also possible to volunteer as a cultural consultant, which requires an orientation and training before conducting outreach on behalf of the Center.  

Eligibility:
To be eligible to become an intern, you must either be enrolled in the International Studies program, or volunteer.  To be eligible to volunteer, you must fill out the volunteer application, and sign the agreement. That allows you to begin working at the Center at a Tier 1 level. Students in the work study program are required to fulfill the requirements of this level in addition to work study requirements, and must abide by the same restrictions.  Once you have demonstrated your commitment by completing the training, coming to our Engagement Team meetings, working regularly for the Center, you will be eligible to apply to Tier 2 positions, which are our unpaid internship positions and our cultural consultants. Students may not work more than 12 hours per week.  Internships are restricted to 2 semesters maximum. 
 
Incentives and compensation:
There is a tiered system of responsibilities, incentives and compensation, starting with unpaid volunteer status in Tier 1. Participants will gain experience with event coordination, social media engagement, web content management, cross-cultural communication, university administrative procedures and policy implementation, media production, and others.  In Tier 2, students may be compensated in the form of credit if they are in the International Studies Program and they become an Academic Intern.  They may also become a cultural consultant with the completion for our cultural consultants training program, and receive a certificate of completion.  They are permitted to accept compensation sometimes offered by community organizations we serve. Students may work their way up to Tier 3, the paid Lead Intern position, by demonstrating commitment, reliability and willingness to learn new skills. They are permitted to work as a lead intern during the semester after graduation, which will position them well for the job market.  
 
 
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