Thursday, December 8, 2011

Islamic Law Internship

ASMA is a New-York based nonprofit organization founded in 1997 to elevate the discourse on Islam and foster environments in which Muslims thrive. The Cordoba Initiative is a multi-national, multi-faith organization, founded in 2004, dedicated to improving understanding and building trust among people of all cultures and faith traditions. 

At ASMA/Cordoba we pursue our mission through five strategies: we educate, incubate, advocate, organize, and mobilize, as follows:
1. Educate. We provide accessible and reliable information about Islamic theology, law, and societies, as well as media and leadership training.
2. Incubate. We pilot new approaches to solving enduring challenges facing the global Muslim community.
3. Advocate. We promote collaboration in pursuit of an ethical and equitable Islam.
4. Organize. We showcase Muslim arts as an important vehicle for cross-cultural understanding and sponsor interfaith events that foster harmony.
5. Mobilize. We convene leaders and support their efforts in addressing pressing issues

General Information
Internships are offered at ASMA/Cordoba during the fall, spring, and summer semesters and last for roughly 10 weeks (though they can be extended further).Depending on the position and particularly for the summer internship period, interns are expected to work full weeks, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with an allotted hour for lunch break. Academic credit may be awarded only if an agreement has been made between the organizations and the intern’s college or university. All interns are subject to the applicable ASMA/Cordoba employee rules. All internships are unpaid.

Islamic Law Programs Intern
The Islamic Law intern will work closely with the Islam Law Programs Manager.
The Islamic Law Programs Intern will work on a number of research projects pertaining to and associated with the Muslim Women’s Shura Council, the Muftiyyah Training Program, and the Shariah Index Project (please note your preferences in your cover letter). The internship involves research, writing, editing, and general administrative duties.

Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Identifying key publications and trends in Islamic law scholarship.
  • Liaising with University professors and civil society leaders on topics pertaining to Islamic law and social justice.
  • Completing issue research for drafts of Shura Council statements.
  • Coordinating and assisting in Shura Council webinars.
Qualifications: Candidates must have a background in Islamic law or Middle Eastern Studies. Ideally, candidate will be a graduate student, though advanced undergraduates will be considered if they have research experience exhibited through enrollment in a University thesis program or a strong writing sample.
Candidates must complete the Internship application form and submit it with a cover letter, resume and short writing sample to ASMA/Cordoba’s Internship Program Coordinator,  
Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Once applications have been received and reviewed, selected candidates will be contacted for an interview.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. However, it is suggested that applications be submitted no later than September 1st for the Fall Internship, January 13th for the Spring Internship, and April 15th for the Summer Internship.

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