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The Washington Institute for Near East Policy Reviews

Updated October 27, 2017
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  1. "Fascinating Experience"

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    Former Intern - Research Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Research Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Learn from professionals who are excited to share their knowledge with you

    Cons

    It was expensive for me to rent an apt at DC for the summer, it was tough doing an internship with no compensation

    Advice to Management

    Allow for even minimal compensation to interns


  2. "Good experience"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends

    I worked at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy as an intern

    Pros

    Great environment and supportive staff

    Cons

    unpaid internships and underpaid RAs

  3. "Intern"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy as an intern

    Pros

    -Opportunity to work with and learn from fellows who all are experts in their field.
    - Friendly work atmosphere
    -Networking opportunities for interns

    Cons

    -Can't really think of one, from the perspective of an intern.


  4. "Great place to be"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy part-time

    Pros

    Friendly, smart people with diverse backgrounds and experiences. Well thought through approach to the Middle East. Center right approach to the politics of the region.

    Cons

    Overly focused on Iran. Diffuse oversight of activities which can be a boon or a hindrance.


  5. "Intern"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy as an intern

    Pros

    - Cool first experience as a intern in Middle Eastern foreign policy
    - Get to sit on exclusive policy forums, roundtables, and meetings with government officials from the U.S. and others
    - You're forced to learn a good deal both about the region and about U.S. foreign policy toward it

    Cons

    - Unpaid
    - Limited opportunities to interface with Fellows other than the one you work under
    - Management from the upper and lower echelons can occasionally be disorganized and discouraging
    - Don't always hire the most capable RAs or interns

    Advice to Management

    - Consider adding a travel stipend. Even the government does it.
    - Make sure upper management is in touch with the needs of lower management.


  6. "Great first job out of college"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant
    Former Employee - Research Assistant
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy full-time

    Pros

    WINEP focuses on investing in their young employees and gives you valuable skills and insight into the foreign policy world. You will also be able to cultivate your language skills and, importantly, conducting research in your chosen language.

    Cons

    They are more focused on research assistants (one-year positions) than research interns, generally. Your work experience will definitely depend on which scholars you work with; some will give you lots of interesting research projects, while others use you more like an administrative assistant.


  7. "hostile work environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    scholarship is impressive and events are informative

    Cons

    staff unfriendly and unwilling to acknowledge hard work

  8. "Not as known but has more policy influence than expected"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy full-time

    Pros

    TWI is a rare think tank when it comes to its accessibility. The organization of TWI makes it so fellows can just drop by your desk or chat with you in the kitchen. It's a very friendly office, and everyone is on a first name basis; something you generally don't find at other prominent think tanks in DC.

    RAs and interns have brown bag lunches to meet with fellows and learn about a variety of career paths. It is possible to move from intern to research assistant or research associate. Some former RAs came back years later and became fellows.

    Outlet wise, TWI has a presence in the executive branch and in the media. Its reach to the policy community is greater than expected.

    Cons

    Low pay
    TWI is a bit dated in some of its ways


  9. "WINEP Intern"

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    Former Employee - Research Intern
    Former Employee - Research Intern

    I worked at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to work directly with senior fellows, if you make the effort they will make time to discuss subject matter, career progression or just chat. On top of that you will learn a lot from the work you're assigned, meetings you'll attend and conversations you will have.

    Cons

    Job does have administrative duties along with your research role.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Pompous + cliquey"

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    Former Intern - Intern
    Former Intern - Intern
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    --TWI has pretty good brand recognition in DC
    --Lots of young people to work with
    --Solid work life balance.

    Cons

    --RAs and Interns are relegated to "daily duties," on par with duties a maid is expected to perform (cleaning and organizing of the kitchen, greeting guests). Pretty comical and telling that the senior fellows will not clean up after themselves. You're not that important.
    --There are much better ways to gain ME experience and connections.
    --Not a premier think tank, but think they are a premier think tank.
    --RAs are paid 30K a year - very, very low, even for policy standards.
    --I've worked at a number of organizations in the past few years, and this was by far the worst in terms on compensation, friendliness, diversity, and transparency.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your interns money and respect.