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. Community Engagement

At SFS-Q, 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 co-curricular events.

 

I. Undergraduate Crisis Simulation

International Negotiation Simulation Exercise
Practicing Diplomacy through Simulations in International Negotiation and Decision-Making
 

The International Negotiation Simulation Exercise in conjunction with Georgetown University's Institute for the Study of Diplomacy (ISD) and SFS-Qatar, trains students at campuses in Washington, DC and Doha in negotiations, decision-making and crisis management.  The simulation offers students the hands-on opportunity to practice diplomacy through complex international negotiations and real time crisis decision making activities. The simulation exercises are hypothetical situations based on a current international problem and participants gain experience in high-level diplomatic negotiations between key players. Students are assigned to teams and special guests and faculty mentors lead the exercise. Participants read carefully a background paper and scenario, and then absorb short “confidential” negotiating instructions. The learning objectives are to understand different perspectives, motivations and challenges in grappling with foreign policy issues.

Past Undergraduate Crisis Simulation topics have included:

  • Civil War and Humanitarian Crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo
  • The Reconstruction of Afghanistan
  • The disputed division of Cyprus
  • Conflict in the Straits of Taiwan
  • International Health and Humanitarian Crisis in North Korea
  • Conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh
  • The Humanitarian Crisis in Syria

 

II. Study Abroad

SFS-Q Students

All SFS-Q 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-Q’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-Q 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-Q. 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 here.
  • Take courses at another university independently during the Summer. This option is open to all students who have completed their first year at SFS-Q. 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-Q. See your academic advisor 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 advisor to discuss your options.

 

Students From Other Universities

SFS-Q 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-Q must apply to do so through Georgetown University’s Office of Global Education. For further information about the application process and studying at SFS-Q, please contact us.

 

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 five 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 five 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
  • Blue Rubicon - With offices in London, Doha, Dubai and Singapore,  Blue Rubicon is one of the world’s leading strategic communications consultancies, with a shared history of working in Qatar since 2007.
  • Teach for Qatar - is part of the Teach for All network. They train talented young people to teach in underserved schools in Qatar, inspiring a new generation of Qatari students to value and pursue academic excellence.  Students will do substantive administrative and policy work related to the TFQ mission and will NOT be teaching.

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


Academic Internship Program Goals

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

  • Provide professional mentorship and oversight of the internship experience,
  • Connect the experiential learning process (internship) to the curriculum while giving students substantive professional experience, and
  • 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.   Selected students will interview with the organizations, and if 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 and Ms. Sandy Kim via email ke....[at]georgetown.edu and sm....[at]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

 

Brookings Doha Center - Work at Brookings (BDC) 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.  

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

 

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

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

 

The United States Embassy Doha, Qatar - The Embassy 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.  

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-Q 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 (click link to view form)
  • letter of interest
  • approval for the reviewers to see an unofficial copy of your Georgetown transcript



Blue Rubicon -  This internship experience offers applicants the chance to learn about strategic communications, international media relations and advocacy within the specific Qatar context. Travel expenses will be covered.  During the placement, the chosen student will work as a true member of the Blue Rubicon team, contributing to client work and taking part in internal team activities. They will also be given the opportunity to attend company meetings and working sessions, such as brainstorms, where they’ll be encouraged to share ideas. 

To apply, submit the following:

  • Cover letter 
  • Resume 

 

Teach for Qatar - During the placement, the intern will support evidence-based planning and delivery of TFQ programs through data analysis and research. This internship provides a unique opportunity for an individual with an interest in education and strong analytical skills to gain exposure to research-backed and data-driven program design and delivery. 

Students must meet the following minimum qualifications to apply for an internship position:

  • Must be a Sophomore, Junior or Senior in good academic standing (minimum GPA of 3.0). 
  • Knowledge of and experience with quantitative and qualitative research methods in social sciences. Familiarity with Stata and Microsoft Excel is a plus
  • Strong written and oral communication skills in English and Arabic. (Arabic is not required but strongly preferred)
  • Be well-organized, detail-oriented, self-motivated, and reliable and should be able to work well both independently and as part of a team
  • Possess creative initiative for the design and presentation of research findings.
  • Show drive, determination, and keenness to learn continuously
  • Demonstrate both a basic understanding of Qatar’s education system and a passion to enact social change

To apply submit the following:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume

 

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-Q 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

MUN

Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar's annual Model United Nations (MUN) conference is a forum for engaged high school students to debate current global issues and gain insight into the world of international politics and policy-making. The MUN conference is governed by the MUN Student Board. Each year we welcome over 350 students from schools around the world to Doha for four days of MUN committee sessions and cultural experiences. Interested schools may apply to bring a team of 6 student delegates to the conference.

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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.

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VI. Community Engagement

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.

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