Being a part of the team

The Middle East Studies Center has opportunities available for individuals interested in taking part in our community events and pursuing the mission of the Center. If you are interested in becoming a part of our team, consider applying to be a volunteer. Our volunteers help us with the basic coordination of our events. Once you get your foot in the door as a volunteer, you may 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. 

OSU students enrolled in the undergraduate International Studies program are eligible to earn academic credit, if they meet all enrollment requirements, when working as an intern in the Center. For more information, contact Richard Meltz (


As a volunteer, you will help with the coordination and execution of the various community events put on and sponsored by the MESC. You will have the option to support the events in a number of ways including:

  • Social media outreach and engagement
  • Event registration and ticketing
  • Driving
  • Webinar tech support
  • Video/audio editing

Volunteers will also have the ability to attend a weekly team meeting to discuss upcoming events and the current affairs of the MESC. These meetings are optional, but strongly encouraged if you intend on pursuing a role as an intern. Student volunteers also have the option of becoming a cultural consultant.  Please fill out the application! You can read the complete guidelines here


Intern in Training*

After you have become familiar with the operations of the center, you may have the opportunity to become an intern-in-training for a limited time period. Then you will be eligible to apply to the Center to be the lead intern. 

As an intern, you will have a more in depth role in the Center and its activities. Your primary duties will focus on support for event planning, reporting, and execution, but you may also be assigned other tasks including:

  • Research and support for the creation of instructional materials
  • Data compilation and analysis
  • Culling current headlines and seeking interviews with OSU faculty for comment
  • Communicating with potential speakers and sponsors for events
  • Web content updates and creating newsletters/flyers

Interns are required to work at least 3 hours per week in the office and attend the weekly team meetings. 


Lead Intern

Interns who show promise and initiative may have the opportunity to become the Lead Intern. This position is paid and provides individuals with the ability to take on more responsibility and a leadership role within the MESC. The Lead Intern will work directly with the Assistant Director to delegate tasks to other interns and volunteers. They will also be responsible for guest itineraries and will oversee the coordination of the majority of events offered by the MESC.


*The intern position can be paid under the work study program.