Innovative Education Fellow

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Karam House is working in partnership with the MEB and NuVu Studio, an innovation school based in Cambridge, MA on an after school innovative education program targeting Syrian refugee youth at the Karam Houses in Reyhanli and Istanbul, Turkey.

At the Karam Houses, hundreds of youth learn through access to technology (maker spaces, internet, computers), expert mentorship, and a sophisticated design-based curriculum (developed by MIT grads) that teaches youth how to build their ideas and their community.

NuVu’s hands-on studio curriculum is grounded in fundamental design skills and explores an extensive range of topics and disciplines. Within our model, students take projects from idea to finished prototype through an iterative process of research, diagramming, prototyping, critical feedback, and input from experts.


You are passionate. You love the design- based approach and are energized by the field, its development and the potential it has to change the way we think and work.

You love to see growth. You see that education is a way to not only take youth from school to university but also, if taught in a more innovative way, can teach them to think critically, identify nuanced society problems and build its solutions.

You are creative. You get excited to approach your work in a way that is not necessarily the status quo. You are ready to test new ways of doing work, harnessing the knowledge that you gained from your own design education.

You are collaborative. You thrive in a setting where people are building off of one another’s energies, ideas and potential.


As an Innovative Education Fellow, you will join a unique, highly skilled team of mentors based in Istanbul and Reyhanli in teaching studios at both Karam House locations and virtually. You will have opportunities to expand your own knowledge and creativity through collaboration with students and staff on projects that result in real products.

Fellows engage collaboratively with the program leader and the mentors, who have expertise across many fields, including: industrial design, fashion, architecture, robotics, engineering, art, music, and filmmaking, to inspire topics and themes for upcoming studios, which are split into 3 concentrations:

  • Community: Engaging with local entities and delivering direct impact.

  • Media: Tackling global issues and rethinking information pathways.

  • Technology: Pushing the boundaries across fields and disciplines.

This is a full time fellowship with a duration of one year, and selected candidates may have the opportunity to apply for a longer term position after the completion of the one year fellowship.

What We’re Looking For: The Essentials

  • Ability to think critically and creatively.

  • An undergraduate or graduate degree in a studio-based design field such as architecture, computational design, industrial design, or equivalent experience and comfort with fabrication from Turkey.

  • Familiarity with Arduino, electronics, and mechanical design

  • English & Arabic advanced proficiency required

  • Turkish Citizen or Istanbul issued Residency Permit

What We’re Looking For: Strongly Preferred

  • Speaks proficient Turkish

  • Experience working with remote teams **

REPORTS TO: Head of Innovative Education

LOCATION: Eyüpsultan, Istanbul, Turkey

HOURS: Full-time, 40 hours per week. Saturday - Wednesday.

Compensation: Based on the candidate's level of experience, qualifications, and the organization's salary scale in Turkish Lira.***

How to apply

Interested candidates should fill out this application form. If you are selected for an interview, you will receive an email.** Only English CVs will be accepted