The Kurdistan Region of Iraq comprises of the entirety of the three northern provinces of Iraq (Dohuk, Erbil and Sulaimani) and parts of the Kirkuk, Neinevah and Diyala provinces. It is worth noting that a large portion of what is considered historically Kurdistan is currently “disputed territories”. These areas include the cities of Kirkuk, Khanaqin and Sinjar in the Nineveh Province. Currently article 140 of Iraq’s permanent constitution outlines the roadmap for resolving the issue of disputed territories in accordance to the wishes of the inhabitants of those territories.
The constitution of Iraq authorizes the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to govern, protect and develop the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Under Iraq’s federal constitution, the KRG has considerable power to debate and legislate on a wide range of policy areas such as health, education and training, policing and security, the environment, natural resources, agriculture, housing, trade industry and investment, social services, roads and transport, tourism and historic monuments. The KRG also manages the economy to create the right macro-economic conditions and business environment for the private sector, human resources, and planning.
The Iraqi dinar is the currency used in Iraqi Kurdistan, although dollars and Euros are often also accepted.
Today there are two international airports operational in the Kurdistan Region. Erbil International Airport and Sulaimani International Airport service daily flights from all over the world, including nonstop flights from Vienna Austria, Stockholm, Istanbul, Amman Jordan, Beirut, Dubai and Bahrain. These are to name a few.
Wireless and cell phone services exist throughout the Region. Both major cell phone carriers (Asiacell and Korek Telecom) provide roaming service, but it is best to check with you cell phone carrier for more information on roaming charges.
Extremely safe. Not one foreigner has been killed, wounded or harmed in violent or criminal activity since Operation Iraqi Freedom began in 2003. Kurdistan’s respectful culture frowns upon crime, and the Region’s independent judicial system, coupled with the Regions robust security services ensure a safe and stable Kurdistan.
Foreign companies have rushed to invest in the Kurdistan Region because of a progressive economic policy and growing transparency of government. Investment opportunities range from the Oil and Gas sector, light industry, energy, agricultural and service industries.
Until there is agreement on a national revenue sharing law, the KRG is entitled to 17% of the proceeds from the nations sale of oil. The Region has the authority to raise revenue through taxation.
The Kurdistan Regional Government Representation in the U.S. (KRG-US) is seeking candidates currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate programs for a full-time semester-long internship. Internships are offered fall (September-December), winter (January-April) and summer (May-August).
The KRG Representation in the U.S. works to develop, deepen, and strengthen Kurdistan’s political, economic and cultural interests in the United States. The KRG-US provides up-to-date, comprehensive information on Iraqi Kurdistan and a visible, accessible presence for all questions, communications, and opportunities for American institutions and policymakers.
Intern responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Attending think tank events and Congressional hearings relevant to Iraqi Kurdistan
- Writing analytical summary reports about panel discussions, legislation, and publications
- Assisting with planning and coordinating KRG delegation visits to the U.S.
- Creating content for the official website and social media sites
- Overseeing the reception desk and providing administrative support to all members of the KRG-US office
- Completing special projects as needed, including independent research on topics relevant to the Kurdistan Region of Iraq
- Must be a current resident of the U.S.
- Strong communication skills, both written and verbal
- Strong organizational skills (detail-oriented and ability to multi-task)
- Strong research skills
- Strong computer skills (specifically Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point)
- Ability to work independently and with others
- Available to work 35-40 hours per week
- Kurdish language proficiency (reading, writing, and speaking) is desirable but not required
A stipend will be provided.
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and one writing sample (2-3 pages maximum) to firstname.lastname@example.org
. Please write “KRG-US Internship”
in the subject heading of the email.