Posted by on July 30, 2013 in Blog

By: Melanie Snail
Summer 2013 Intern
This past Friday, AAIF interns had the pleasure of welcoming Joshua Haber to our weekly Brownbag lecture series, where he spoke about the transition from academic to professional life, and the ins and outs of working in a think tank. AAIF’s Brownbag lecture series invites a diverse array of DC professionals to engage in discussions with interns regarding everything from foreign policy creation to the use of social media.

Not only is Mr. Haber a Research Associate for the New America Foundation’s Middle East Task Force but also a recent success story in this post-graduation job scramble. Alongside Director Leila Hilal and Senior Research Fellow Daniel Levy, Mr. Haber works to shape American foreign policy toward the region and expand the debate over key regional issues, often by engaging local voices. Though Mr. Haber has a strong background in Egyptian foreign policy, his work at New America Foundation and other Middle East-focused organizations in Washington has given him the opportunity to engage in a wide range of issues facing this region. The interns and he also engaged in a spirited conversation about overlapping policy interests of AAI and the Middle East Task Force, including Egypt, Syria, and Israel and Palestine.

Mr. Haber also discussed how to pursue employment in the “Middle East policy world,” stressing the need for a skill set, country focus or regional language, as well as the importance of making and maintaining strong connections with other professionals in the field. Mr. Haber’s experiences demonstrate the importance of taking advantage of all available opportunities when pursuing a career related to the Middle East. Studying at GW for six years put him within close reach to many of DC’s most important policy centers. Mr. Haber highlighted the importance of his previous internships and assistantships, which not only familiarized him with the Middle East policy world but also gave him important tools to help him advance his career.

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