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With one of the longest and most intricate histories of any modern country, Egypt is a favorite amongst archaeologists, historians, artists, and tourists alike. The Pyramids of Giza and other ancient monuments hold treasures from a distant past, bringing in people from around the world. The exciting city of Cairo, Egypt's capital, has become the largest metropolitan area in Africa as well as the Arab world, and continues to be a major center for culture and political exchange. Interning in Egypt is a fantastic way to immerse yourself in an amazing country that has had such an elaborate history and potential for growth!
While you can find internships in Egypt year-round, more internship programs will be offered during the summer. If you know exactly which organization or business you want to intern at in Egypt, don't be afraid to go ahead and contact them directly! Otherwise, it may be easier to apply to a third-party internship provider who has already established connections with organizations in Egypt. Either way, begin your internship research well ahead of time!
The cost of living in Egypt, around 3000-6000 EGP, is much lower than that in the U.S. But like any other country, living in a more metropolitan area in Egypt will entail higher bills. You can always avoid extra costs by practicing typical cost-saving methods, including taking more public transportation, and eating in less-expensive restaurants. Below are some examples of costs for you to get a better idea of the average cost of living in Egypt. Keep in mind that the average Egyptian lives slightly above the typical foreigners' idea of poverty and that 1 Egyptian Pound (EGP) is approximately equal to 0.15 U.S. dollars.
Egypt's work and labor laws establish basic guidelines for the terms of employment including working conditions, hours, and compensation. Opportunities for international interns are usually unpaid, although so NGOs may provide a small stipend for interns to help cover living costs.
Egypt is one of the world's truly mysterious and fantastic countries. With one of the seven natural wonders of the world, the country attracts thousands of tourists each year. The country doesn't only make frequent appearances in history textbooks--its influence in art, history, and politics has affected the international community. Interning in Egypt will not only give you professional experience, but expose you to the people, culture, legendary history that has set the country apart for centuries. Take advantage of an internship in Egypt; it's the chance of a lifetime!
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