The Center for Strategic Studies (CSS) is tasked by the Jordanian Royal Court to provide research on current political events, democratization, political Islam, economics, security, and public opinion polls. CSS is located on the University of Jordan campus and maintains a staff of subject experts and professional researchers. CSS regularly hosts and  participates in workshops, symposiums, conferences, lectures, and academic exchanges with partners such as Fredrich-Ebert Stiftung. CSS holds a prestigious position within the Jordanian professional community and the Arab world. Several of the center's past staff members have gone on to fill seats in the Jordanian parliament or within the Foreign Ministry. 


Intern responsibilities include attending outreach events and assisting in research projects for publication and presentation. Interns are expected to take initiative and produce research in collaboration with their home institution. Interns should have a marked interest in the politics of the Middle East and should come prepared with topics to research. The facility at CSS has wifi, printers, and work space in the center library. The most unique resource at CSS are the professional researchers which constitute some of the most respected and well-known authorities in the Middle East. Although fluency in Arabic is not a requirement of the internship, many of the events, daily tasks, and communication with staff members, requires an intermediate understanding (i.e. conversational fluency).




Arabic is not required, but conversational fluency is recommended. 


Interns are responsible for finding their own housing, but the host office and Hinckley Program Manager will provide assistance. 



Costs include:

  • University of Utah tuition
  • Academic Fee: $300
  • Housing and Living Expenses: About $2,000
  • Travel


International interns are eligible to apply for the Hinckley Global Scholarship offered through the Hinckley Institute. Information can be found here. The Hinckley Institute also offers a low-interest loan program found here. In addition to funding through the Hinckley Institute, scholarships are available through the Center for Learning Abroad.


Internship dates may vary depending upon location but are based around the academic calendar:

  • Fall Semester: September-December
  • Spring Semester: January-April
  • Summer Semester: May-August


Students are required to register for a minimum of 3 HNKLY credit hours and a maximum of 12. International interns are required to submit 4 reflections and 10 weekly updates throughout the semester, as well as write a final policy paper, which is due 4 weeks after the end of the semester.


Students are required to attend a pre-departure orientation, which provides cultural and safety training and explanation of academic requirements. Students also meet with the program manager upon returning from the internship.


Please submit the Hinckley online application before the deadline and then Global Internship Manager Jean Oh will contact you to set up an interview. During the interview you will receive more information on program specifics.