Experiential and Applied Learning

I. Undergraduate Crisis Simulation
II. Study Abroad
III. Internships for Credit
IV. Model United Nations
V. Zones of Conflict/Zones of Peace
VI. Service Learning
 

At SFS-Qatar, we believe it is important for students to have the opportunity apply the ideas and theories that they learn in their classes to real-world situations. To that end, students are offered several opportunities to complement and enhance their learning through participation in experiential and applied learning activities.

I. Undergraduate Crisis Simulation

Each year, SFS-Qatar sponsors an Undergraduate Crisis Simulation in cooperation with Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy in Washington, DC.

In the Crisis Simulation, students are presented with an international crisis situation and tasked with achieving a resolution to it. The students are separated into teams representing the major political and non-state actors who have a stake in resolving (or not resolving, as the case may be) the crisis. Each team is provided with specific instructions to which they must adhere when negotiating with the other groups. Although it is very uncommon for these negotiations to result in a workable resolution to the problem, the real importance of the Crisis Simulation lies in the valuable lessons that students learn about how crisis situations evolve and the diplomatic difficulties inherent in resolving them.

Past Undergraduate Crisis Simulation topics have included:

  • Afghanistan after the U.S. military pull-out
  • Civil war and humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh
  • Conflict between China and Taiwan over Taiwanese sovereignty
  • International health and humanitarian crisis in North Korea
  • The reunification of Cyprus
     

II. Study Abroad

SFS-Qatar Students

All SFS-Qatar students are encouraged to study abroad at some point during their academic career. In so doing, they are exposed to new ideas and perspectives, as well as to peoples, cultures, and values that are different from their own. Given SFS-Qatar’s curricular focus on international affairs, we believe that such experiences are a valuable component of the Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service degree.

SFS-Qatar students have four basic study abroad options:

  • Study at Georgetown University’s main campus in Washington, DC for a semester or academic year. This option is open only to third year students. Furthermore, students must have a 3.25 GPA or higher to be considered. Courses taken on main campus are applicable to a student’s degree and the grades earned factor into a student’s cumulative GPA. Information about the application process will be sent to eligible students in the Spring and Fall semester each year.
  • Study at Georgetown University’s main campus in Washington, DC in the Summer. This option is open to all students who have completed their first year at SFS-Qatar. Courses taken on main campus are applicable to a student’s degree and the grades earned factor into a student’s cumulative GPA. Information about how to register for main campus Summer courses will be sent to all students early in the Spring semester each year.
  • Participate in a Georgetown University approved study abroad program at over 100 universities around the world. This option is open only to third year students. GPA requirements will vary between programs, but generally a 3.0 or higher is required. Courses taken during an approved study abroad program may be applicable to a student’s degree, but the grades earned do not factor into a student’s cumulative GPA. A searchable database of approved international programs is available at: http://overseasstudies.georgetown.edu/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.AdvancedSearch
  • Take courses at another university independently during the Summer. This option is open to all students who have completed their first year at SFS-Qatar. Courses taken independently in the summer may be applicable to a student’s degree, but the grades earned do not factor into a student’s cumulative GPA. Students are responsible for arranging all aspects of an independent summer study abroad experience. All non-Georgetown Summer courses must be pre-approved for transfer to SFS-Qatar. See your academic adviser for assistance with course pre-approval. Failure to obtain pre-approval will result in the course not being accepted for transfer credit. Please note that a student may transfer no more than four non-Georgetown Summer courses to Georgetown University. Furthermore, no more than one of these four non-Georgetown Summer courses can be an online course.

If you are interested in any of these study abroad opportunities, please schedule an appointment with your academic adviser to discuss your options.

Students from Other Universities

SFS-Qatar welcomes students from other universities who wish to spend a semester, the academic year, or the Summer studying in Doha. Here you will have the opportunity to take a variety of courses in a truly diverse academic and cultural setting. Furthermore, Doha is an ideal hub from which to see the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, thereby providing ample opportunity to continue learning outside of the classroom.

All non-Georgetown students wishing to study at SFS-Qatar must apply to do so through Georgetown University’s Office of Global Education. For further information about the application process and studying at SFS-Qatar, please contact: overseasstudies@georgetown.edu
 

III. Internships for Credit
 

Academic Internship Overview

Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service in Qatar is pleased to partner with three organizations in Doha to provide academic internship programs for our students.  These internships greatly enhance Georgetown’s commitment to experiential learning.  This applied learning, applying theory to practice, provides students with additional context for their classroom learning, and thus a deeper understanding of key academic concepts.  It also helps them develop important professional skills and explore ways in which they can meaningfully apply their academic skills after leaving Georgetown. 

Only degree-seeking students studying at SFS-Q are eligible.  Students apply to work at one of the three organizations for the Fall or Spring semester.  Students work 13-15 hours per week at the organization doing substantive work under the guidance of a mentor at the organization.  In addition, students will be registered for INAF 335 International Affairs Internship for one credit, graded on a pass/fail basis. As part of this course, students complete 10.5 total hours of Georgetown classroom instruction over the semester, which is designed to complement the internship and connect academic skills to applied practice.  Students who complete the work and course requirements earn one academic credit that counts toward the Georgetown degree and a notation on the official Georgetown transcript.

Academic Internship Partners

Our three academic internship partners are:

  • Brookings Doha Center – an overseas center of the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., advancing independent policy analysis and research on the Middle East
  • Silatech – a non-profit organization that works to create jobs and expand economic opportunities for young people throughout the Arab World
  • United States Embassy Doha, Qatar – the United States’ diplomatic mission to the State of Qatar

The internship work at each organization will vary, so the different opportunities complement rather than compete with each other.  

Work at Brookings will be focused on political research and policy analysis -- working alongside researchers to produce policy briefs, news story analysis and to collaborate on original research projects.  

Work at Silatech will focus on research and assessing the effectiveness of Silatech's economic development programs, with some work involving large data sets.  

The United States Embassy Doha, Qatar will rotate interns through different sections of the Mission, exposing them to various facets of embassy work. Interns will have projects that may include research, economic and political report writing, correspondence, analysis of international issues, visa/consular work, visit support for U.S. delegations, representational event planning support and various administrative duties.  

Academic Internship Program Goals

The aims behind these internships and the one-credit course components are to

  1. Structure the internship experience,
  2. Connect the experiential learning process to the curriculum while giving students substantive professional experience, and
  3. Provide a students space for structured reflection and narrative development, which they can use to more critically focus their studies and professional goals.
How to Apply

The application requirements vary slightly by organization (see below), but students must apply to be considered for these positions.   Students will interview with the organizations, and if they are offered a position and choose to accept, they will be registered for the INAF 335 International Affairs Internship course.  Students must commit to the internship and academic work obligations for the duration of the semester.

Submit complete applications to Dean Heather Kerst in person or via email to kersth@georgetown.edu.

Application Deadlines

Note: Deadlines might vary slightly each semester but will be announced via email

October 20 for Spring semester internships
March 31 for Fall semester internships

Selection Criteria

The selection criteria vary slightly by internship organization.  Limited positions are available at each organization, and the application process is competitive.  Please review the requirements carefully, and submit complete applications by the posted deadlines to Dean Heather Kerst via email or in person.

Silatech
Students must meet the following minimum qualifications to apply:

  • A minimum GPA of 3.3 is required.  
  • Preference is given to juniors and seniors, but sophomores may be considered.
  • Generally, selected candidates will have a demonstrated interest in Middle East social and economic issues.
  • A strong academic background, excellent writing and research skills and the ability to read and write Arabic will be considered highly desirable.
     

To apply, submit the following:

  • a resume
  • a letter of interest
  • approval for the reviewers to see an unofficial copy of your Georgetown transcript

Brookings Doha Center
Students must meet the following minimum qualifications to apply:

  • A minimum GPA of 3.3 is required.  
  • Preference is given to juniors and seniors, but sophomores may be considered.
  • Generally, BDC will seek candidates with a demonstrated interest in Middle East politics and/or U.S. foreign policy in the region.
  • A strong academic background, excellent writing and research skills, and knowledge of Arabic will be highly desirable.

To apply, submit the following:

  • a resume
  • a letter of interest
  • approval for the reviewers to see an unofficial copy of your Georgetown transcript

United States Embassy – Doha, Qatar
Students must meet the following minimum qualifications to apply for an internship position:

  • Only non-U.S. citizens and dual nationals (U.S. and another citizenship) are eligible to apply.  
  • Students must be enrolled at SFS-Qatar and have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0
  • Preference is given to juniors and seniors, but sophomores may be considered.
  • Preference is given to students who can demonstrate strong communication, writing and research skills.
  • Students will be required to pass a security and medical certification before starting the internship.

To apply, submit the following:

  • application form
  • letter of interest
  • approval for the reviewers to see an unofficial copy of your Georgetown transcript
     
INAF 335 International Affairs Internship Course

The syllabus for this course will change each semester, but review the most recent version of the syllabus via explore.georgetown.edu.

Logistics
  • This course is graded on a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (Pass/Fail) basis.
  • Internship positions will not be paid, but an organization may offer stipends for transportation.
  • Internship positions are with SFS-Q partner organizations -- currently Brookings Doha Center, United States Embassy- Doha and Silatech.
  • The course may be taken once, for a total of one credit.  The credit counts toward the 120 credits required for the SFS degree, but it does not count toward the 40 courses required for the SFS degree. If a student receives permission to enroll a second time, the course will be marked as a repeated course and excluded from earned hours/credits toward the degree. 
  • Students may only work during dates for the academic term in which they are registered for the course.
  • Students may not exceed 15 hours of work per week at the internship organization.
  • Students must follow the guidelines set out in the application to apply and be accepted to the academic internship program. Once a student has secured and accepted a place, SFS-Qatar will register the student for the internship course.
  • Students must report to internship supervisor for work assignments in addition to completing Georgetown class assignments and meetings.
    



IV. Model United Nations

Held annually, this event provides SFS-Qatar students with the opportunity to participate in the planning, organization, and execution of an international high-school MUN in Doha. For more information, see: http://qatar.sfs.georgetown.edu/campus/organizations/mun/
 

V. Zones of Conflict/Zones of Peace

This is a co-curricular program offered in the spring semester that focuses on conflict management, conflict resolution, and on the processes that underlie both. Thirty students are chosen each year for the program, and students are selected for two different trips to conflict sites at different stages of resolution. For more information, see: http://qatar.sfs.georgetown.edu/campus/organizations/zones/
 

VI. Service Learning

Service Learning merges academic learning with the needs of the broader community, with the aim of instilling participant with a sense of the rights and responsibilities of national and global citizenship. In the spirit of Georgetown’s Jesuit values, especially Contemplation in Action, service learning emphasizes critical reflection through personal, experience-based and analytical writing and discussion. Moreover, it helps students develop an understanding of the world as an interdependent system and increases global awareness and concern. For more information, see:
http://qatar.sfs.georgetown.edu/campus/community/