MYSTI 2015

ANNOUNCING

Muslim Youth Scholar Training Internship (MyStI) Summer 2015

High School and College Level

Assalamu alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu!

If you are looking for a an engaging summer internship that enables you to address issues that are important to you, MyStI is looking to have you.

By joining this summer internship program by Muslim Youth – Foundation of Intellectual Knowledge and Research (MY-FIKR) you will be able to research and analyze critical and ongoing social issues including Islamophobia and the role of Muslims in civic and digital society. We guarantee a rewarding summer of scientific/methodical investigation alongside accomplished and dedicated Muslim researchers from our communities insha Allah.

May Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) accept your intention to do good for His pleasure, and grant you the desire and ability to excel in your undertakings. Ameen.

Registration:

Here is the form where you can register for MyStI by filling out information about yourself and the topic you plan to research.

This year’s topics: 

  • Challenges, opportunities, threats to the Muslim life: The role of Muslims in civic and digital society
    • The blessing of time is one of the greatest blessings that Allah can bestow upon His slaves and the Prophet (peace and blessing be upon him) said that we should make the most of our free time before becoming busy. In our digital age it is easy to become “busy” with the Internet and social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc). How much time do Muslims spend using the Internet per day and per week and for what do we use it? For those that spend a significant amount of time on the Internet, what types of activities do they spend less time doing? What challenges and  opportunities face Muslims through social media and digital community? How can we encourage positive usage of it while discouraging negative and/or haraam (forbidden) usage?  In what ways does the digital community impact and affect the physical community, our interpersonal communication, means of learning, and faith?
  • Understanding the Threat: Islamophobia
    • What is Islamophobia? Why does it matter with regards to Muslims living in the west?  Is it real, or is it perceived? Is it a threat, or is it an opportunity? How has it been dealt with by American youth, both Muslim and not? Have similar issues existed in the past, and how were those tackled? What options are there to neutralize the effects of Islamophobia?  What are the challenges and opportunities available to Muslims dealing with Islamophobia? How does Islamophobia affect our community and our interpersonal communication, learning, and faith?
  • A combination of both topics
  • Your own

Important deadlines:

  • Research proposals are due no later than May 17th, 2015 (Submit them here!)
  • Proposal review and selection by May 31, 2015
  • Summer internship begins no later than June 21, 2015

Benefits of interning with MY-FIKR: 

  • Cash awards: $100 for each of the ten selected proposals; $1500 for each of the three students who are awarded the research internship
  • List the research internship on your resume and add to your meaningful work experience
  • Resolve a challenge or produce a solution of your choice that makes a visible difference in your community
  • Receive recognition for your work and gain confidence as your concept is implemented or published
  • Develop a competitive spirit and a drive to excel in all aspects of your life as you participate with equally brilliant minds in the internship program

Contact Info:

For questions, please contact:  mysti@my-fikr.org or visit www.my-fikr.org

~Wassalam,

The MY-FIKR Organizing Committee

Muslim Youth Foundation of Intellectual Know-how and Research (MY-FIKR)

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