Arabic Speaking Research Internships



Do you want to be part of a research team that works with questions promoting social cohesion and integration of migrants into cities around the world? We are currently looking for highly motivated, self-driven research interns who are interested in aspects of migrant integration in  Sweden, Jordan, and Turkey. The internship will be carried out in English, but for this particular position, knowledge of Arabic is a requirement. As an intern you will be an important part of our team and will be given the opportunity to obtain practical experience in working on a research project within academia.

Benefits of GLD Internship

  • Gain valuable work experience in a research environment
  • Learn new skills
  • Apply knowledge from academic studies to real-world situations
  • Enhance your employability

We are currently looking for two research interns, who will work at the SIPGI project.


At the SIPGI project, tasks will vary in terms of project needs. Tasks may include: learning about the situation on the ground for migrants in Adana, Turkey, Irbid, Jordan, and Gothenburg, Sweden, creating tables or graphs comparing the political institutions and policies governing migrants, writing background reports and internal memorandums, drafting literature reviews, translating questions and other documents, assisting researchers with the logistics of experimental design and implementation, or carrying out some light administrative tasks.



  • Great organizational skills 
  • Arabic is a requirement 
  • Good command of English (both written and verbal)
  • Demonstrable interest in migration or governance/development issues more broadly
  • Ability to multitask




In order to apply, you must be a student currently enrolled in a bachelor's or a master’s program that offers the opportunity to do an internship or enrolled with the Swedish unemployment agency with at least a bachelor’s degree in Political Science, Gender Studies, Global Studies, Social Sciences, Economics, Statistics, IT, or a related field.
To apply, please send your CV, writing sample, and a cover letter describing why you want to do an internship with the SIGPI project to If you have any questions, please contact us via email. We ask that you submit all documents in English. 
The final application date for fall internships is April 20. The final application date for spring internships is November 1. You will be notified if you are selected for an interview. All decisions are made at the discretion of the programme coordination team and are final. As this is an unpaid internship, final decisions cannot be appealed.
PLEASE NOTE – due to Covid-19 restrictions, all work will be done remotely until at least August 2021. However, you will still have the opportunity to work extensively with a wide array of researchers around the globe. Our research is still ongoing, and we look forward to your contributions to the team.
All decisions are made at the discretion of the programme coordination team and are final. As this is an unpaid internship, final decisions cannot be appealed.



“Overall the internship was a great experience and I believe it will contribute much to my future career. In a broader perspective, the research is important for policy makers and development specialists to find out how people access public goods in order to secure effective implementation of, for example, policies or foreign aid projects. I am very happy to have contributed to creating and disseminating that knowledge.”

“Future interns should expect a high pace at GLD and the expectation of your work is that it should always be of good quality. The program management makes sure that the internship is a two-way deal, and that the interns are getting the kinds of experience/knowledge that they are here for.” 

“It is truly a great team that I’ve got to work with. The team is hardworking, ambitious and professional and at the same time there is always an easygoing atmosphere at GLD.”

“The internship has been an exciting time that has provided me with great insights into a research program that is expanding continuously and it has given me valuable experience in the area of governance and local development and quantitative research in general.”