PARSA – Relief International Fellowship
By Mana Rostami Mouripour
Readers of PAAIA’s weekly are familiar with Relief International (RI) whose president Farshad Rastegar was featured in the March 11, 2010 issue of the newsletter. This week, I sat down with Megan Plaskow, RI’s Intern Coordinator, to find out about the PARSA-Relief International Fellowship.
Mana: Can you please give me a little insight into what the PARSA Fellowship is and what a participant will gain from this experience?
Megan: Sure, the PARSA-RI Fellowship is an opportunity for all currently enrolled students of Persian descent who are interested in international development and committed to humanitarian relief to gain first-hand experience with a paid fellowship and potential summer abroad. The fellowships foster research, project management, and leadership skills and the opportunity to enter a rewarding career in international public policy and development.
Mana: Who is eligible for this fellowship?
Megan: All students of Iranian descent currently enrolled in a 2 or 4 year accredited university with an average GPA of 3.5 or higher are encouraged to apply.
Mana: How long is the duration of the fellowship?
Megan: PARSA Fellows will work 15 to 20 hours a week for approximately 6 to 9 months.
Mana: Is this a paid opportunity?
Megan: Yes, PARSA Fellows will receive $750 per month. The student chosen for the international component will receive additional stipend plus cost of airfare.
Mana: How can students who are interested apply?
Megan: Students need to submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, school credentials certifying that an applicant is currently enrolled full-time in US college (unofficial transcripts), 3 supervisory references (name, email and phone number) with the date of availability for an interview to: Intern@ri.org. The email subject line should include the following: PARSA Fellowship
Mana: When is the deadline to apply?
Megan: June 30th 2010
Relief International is a leading Los Angeles-based international non-profit organization, founded in 1990 by an Iranian-American in response to the Roudbar earthquake in Iran, providing emergency relief and development assistance to vulnerable communities worldwide. RI’s mission is to Save Lives & Sustain Livelihoods, bridging relief to development by addressing the root causes of poverty, marginalization and conflict.