Academic Internship Program

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Academic Internship Program

The Academic Internship Program offers a unique opportunity for students to apply academic knowledge in the world as they develop their professional profiles. Spending a semester working off-campus provides additional context for classroom learning and helps students develop crucial professional skills in Doha Qatar while building professional networks for life.

About the Academic Internship

The International Affairs Internship Course is open to degree-seeking students studying at GU-Q. The internship requires students to apply to work at one of the partner organizations for the fall or spring semester. Once accepted, students work 10-15 hours per week at a partner organization doing substantive work under the guidance of a mentor at the organization. In addition, students register for the International Affairs Internship course (INAF 335) which is graded on a pass/fail basis. As part of this course, students complete 10.5 total hours of 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.

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.

Academic Internship Partners

Our academic internship partners include the following local institutions:

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

How to Apply

The application requirements vary slightly by each 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 via the Application Form shared every semester according to the below timelines. For further details, please contact Mohammed Shehada or Dean Christine Schiwietz.

Application Deadlines

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

  • September 30 for Spring semester internships
  • March 31 for Fall semester internships

Available Internships and Requirements

The Middle East Council on Global Affairs (formerly known as Brookings Doha Center) is an independent policy research council. Work at the Center focuses 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, the Center 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.
  • Students must be in good academic standing at GU.

To apply, submit the following:

  • a resume
  • cover letter
  • An unofficial copy of your Georgetown transcript (Students may acquire unofficial transcripts from MyAccess)

The Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah International Foundation for Energy and Sustainable Development is a non-profit think tank providing independent insights, in-depth research and informed debate on energy and sustainable development themes. The Al-Attiyah Foundation publishes expert opinions and insights through a variety of research papers.

Expected Duties and responsibilities of interns:

Under the direct supervision of the Director of Sustainable Development and working with the appropriate Energy and Sustainability Experts, the interns will be expected to:

  • Conduct research on issues related to the global oil and gas markets, climate change, sustainable development, energy transition policies and strategies.
  • Assist with collection of data and gathering of relevant information needed for the Foundation’s annual book.
  • Participate in Foundation events that are relevant to their areas of studies.
  • Assist the Foundation in the organization of conferences and workshops.

Eligibility criteria for interns: Students must meet the following to apply

  • GPA of 3.0 or above.
  • Preference is given to juniors and seniors, but sophomores may be considered.
  • Preferred majors: International Economics, International Politics.
  • Generally, the Foundation will seek candidates with a demonstrated interest in Energy Security or other related issues.
  • A strong academic background, excellent writing and research skills.

To apply, submit the following:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Unofficial Transcript (Students may acquire unofficial transcripts from MyAccess)

The United States Embassy Doha, Qatar – The Embassy accepts students to work in various offices within the Embassy, including, Public Affairs Section, Economic Section, Political/ Economic Section, Foreign Commercial Service, and Consular Section. Interns will have projects that may include research, data analysis, economic and political report writing, correspondence with external partners, attending and staffing meetings, analysis of international issues, and support for visiting U.S. delegations.

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 GU-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 as well as knowledge of U.S.-Qatar diplomacy, political and economic interests.
  • Students will be required to pass a security and medical certification before starting the internship.
  • Students must be in good academic standing at GU.

To apply, submit the following:

  • Application form
  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Unofficial copy of your Georgetown transcript (Students may acquire unofficial transcripts from MyAccess)

The US-Qatar Business Council is a non-profit, private sector organization based in Washington, DC, and Qatar that develops, supports, and advances the bilateral business relationship between the United States and the State of Qatar. The Council envisions a seamless relationship between the US and Qatar; a permanent partnership built on a foundation of mutual interests and strong political, business, cultural, and security relations. The Council is the leading organization dedicated exclusively to enhancing the bilateral business relationship between the US and Qatar.

The Council achieves this vision primarily, but not exclusively, through improving the commercial and economic relationship between the US and Qatar. The Council offers business advisory services, consultancy services, and coordinates trade missions for US and Qatari companies to facilitate bilateral business. For more information on USQBC, please visit their website and business portal

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

  • Students must be enrolled at GU-Q and have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0
  • Preference is given to juniors and seniors
  • Preference is given to students who can demonstrate strong writing skills, communication, multi-tasking, time management, as well as knowledge of U.S.-Qatar historic business relations and economic ties.
  • Students must be in good academic standing at GU.

Expected duties and responsibilities

  • Research related to trade, investment and other relevant business opportunities
  • Other responsibilities will be discussed upon selection in response to current projects/events at the Council

To apply, submit the following:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Unofficial copy of your Georgetown transcript (Students may acquire unofficial transcripts from MyAccess)

Teach for Qatar – Teach for Qatar welcome your application to work with our lively and fast-paced Curriculum and Impact team. This internship will give you an opportunity to learn about the logistics of data collection, analysis and reporting in education, and improve your communication skills through hands-on engagement in teacher training and leadership development projects.

We are proud to offer one successful applicant an opportunity to join a team that is dedicated to modeling best practices in terms of organizational culture. Our holistic internship includes interaction with staff and teachers, participation in recruitment events and engagement in professional development for our teachers.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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

Education Above All – The Innovation Development Directorate Department (IDD) has been working on the development of a Digital School Program that could help reach the hardest last mile learners that are unable to access traditional schools with an alternate recognized education model that substantially reduce dependency on teachers. IDD expects the intern to have an active role EAA’s Digital School Project through project development support, data collection, analysis, and overall research. This internship provides a unique opportunity for individuals with an interest in education, and innovative thinking to work with EAA employees and contribute to the mission of providing education to those in need.

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

  • Must be a 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 Microsoft Excel is a requirement
  • 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 strong analytical skills to design, aggregate and present 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.
  • Students must be in good academic standing at GU.

To apply submit the following:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Research paper and/or research presentation.

Qatar Foundation (QF) Headquarters and Qatar Foundation’s Earthna, Center for a Sustainable Future – Work at Qatar Foundation and Qatar Foundation’s Earthna will be focused on research analysis, project assistance and coordination. Working alongside Qatar Foundation employees and project stakeholders, potential outputs to help inform decision making, research support and analysis might include policy and research briefs, presentations for projects, and any other tasks as necessary.

 

Earthna: Center for a Sustainable Future

 

Earthna is a non-profit policy research and advocacy center established under Qatar Foundation (QF) to inform and influence national and global sustainability policy. Bridging technical and research expertise with policy advice and advocacy Earthna will convene a wide community of technical and research experts, government, policy and decision makers, businesses, multilateral institutions, and civil society to generate a more sustainable and regenerative future.

The Earthna center runs multi-disciplinary programming with a focus on the fields of hot and arid climates, regenerative and sustainable cities, and energy transition, as well as realizing the potential of QF’s Education City as a test-bed for sustainable technologies and practices. Earthna is focused on developing tools, solutions, and policies to improve people’s lives within a thriving natural environment. Working together with our community to co-create and design solutions that utilize our resources and understand our local culture and needs to deliver a message of hope and impactful action that will strengthen our legacy.

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, QF will seek candidates with a demonstrated interest in a variety of public policy issues, economics, and/or current affairs.
  • Strong academic background with excellent written and oral communication skills in English. Knowledge of Arabic would be desirable.
  • Knowledge of and experience with quantitative and/or qualitative research methods in the social sciences.
  • Possess creative initiative for the design and presentation of research findings.
  • A keenness to learn and a passion for impact in line with QF mission and vision.
  • Creative thinking, well organized, detail-oriented, and reliable individual who takes initiative and works well independently and collaboratively as part of a team.
  • Students must be in good academic standing at GU.

To apply, submit the following:

  • A resume or CV.
  • Statement of interest.
  • Unofficial copy of your Georgetown transcript (Students may acquire unofficial transcripts from MyAccess)

Qatar Reads at Community Development – Qatar Foundation (QF) – Work at Qatar Reads – located at Multaqa (Student Center) – will be focused on project assistance and coordination for Qatar’s reading campaign. Working alongside Qatar Foundation employees and project stakeholders, potential outputs to help inform decision making, research support, social media briefs, presentations for projects, short exercises in creative writing, and participation in activities such as the Doha Book Fair and any other tasks as necessary.

Students must meet the following minimum qualifications to apply:

  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required.
  • Preference is given to juniors and seniors, but sophomores may be considered.
  • Generally, QF will seek candidates with a demonstrated interest in a variety of public policy issues, economics, and/or current affairs.
  • Strong academic background with excellent written and oral communication skills in both English and Arabic is a must.
  • Possess creative initiative, demonstrate the ability to think outside the box and solve problems and shows the capacity for content creation
  • A keenness to learn and a passion for impact in line with QF mission and vision.
  • Creative thinking, well organized, detail-oriented, and reliable individual who takes initiative and works well independently and collaboratively as part of a team.
  • Students must be in good academic standing at GU.

To apply, submit the following:

  • A resume or CV.
  • Statement of interest.
  • Unofficial copy of your Georgetown transcript (Students may acquire unofficial transcripts from MyAccess)

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) – Qatar – To have a distinguished foreign policy for the State of Qatar at both regional and international levels and care for the interests of citizens abroad. Students will be engaging in select core activates of MOFA, such as writing political reports, updating diplomatic missions files and engaging in select roles as mediators between Qatar diplomatic missions and government bodies.

There will be a rotation among several departments for the students within MOFA HQ.

Students must meet the following qualifications to apply:

  • Qatari nationals
  • A minimum of 3.00 GPA
  • Specialized in political majors
  • Qatari dress code
  • Ability to deal with work in confidentiality
  • Use Arabic language during the internship unless it’s instructed otherwise
  • Strong organizational and multitasking skills

To apply, submit the following:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume (please note QID on Resume)
  • Unofficial copy of your Georgetown transcript (Students may acquire unofficial transcripts from MyAccess).

Qatar Financial Centre Regulatory Authority (QFCRA) – Qatar Financial Centre Regulatory Authority (QFCRA) is the independent regulator of the Qatar Financial Centre (QFC), established to authorize and regulate firms and individuals conducting financial services in or from the QFC. Through its work in policy development, supervision and enforcement, the QFC Regulatory Authority operates to the highest international standards of regulation and best practice.

Students must meet the following qualifications to apply:

  • GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Preferred majors: International Economics, Foreign Affairs, and Culture and Politics
  • Preferred spoken languages: Arabic and English
  • Preferred nationality: Qataris
  • Preferred students: juniors and seniors

To apply, submit the following:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Unofficial copy of your Georgetown transcript (Students may acquire unofficial transcripts from MyAccess).

Blue Rubicon is an award-winning strategic communications and public relations consultancy, specializing in reputation management. Blue Rubicon is part of a wider network of 19 offices and strategic hubs employing over 800 experienced consultants who offer world-class advisory and client service to the world’s largest and most complex organizations.

Expected Duties and responsibilities of interns:

Working with the PR team , the interns will be expected to:

  • Conduct media and new business research
  • Develop coverage and media monitoring reports
  • Draft content including bios, press releases, op-eds etc.
  • Occasionally engage with media including inviting them to events, pitching stories and supporting the wider team during events

Eligibility criteria for interns: Students must meet the following to apply

  • Preference is given to seniors
  • Positive attitude and a willingness to learn
  • A strong academic background, excellent writing and research skills
  • All students are welcome to apply but preference will be given to those with previous experience in communications

To apply, submit the following:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume

INAF 335 International Affairs Internship Course Details

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

Program Guidelines (must read)

  • 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 GU-Q partner organizations noted above.
  • The course may be taken once, for a total of one credit. The credit counts toward the 120 credits 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 be in good academic standing at GU to enroll.
  • 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, GU-Q will register the student for the internship course.
  • Students must report to the internship supervisor for work assignments in addition to completing Georgetown class assignments and meetings.
  • Students may repeat-enroll in the program for more than one time provided they apply and get accepted to different internship organziation.
  • Students get additional credit for each time they enroll in the program.

*If a student is interning at an organization that does not offer any kind of stipend, and the student resides in HBKU campus housing, the student may apply (via this link) at the beginning of the internship for a monthly stipend to offset the costs of transport between campus and the internship site. Step (2) once you have filled the above form, make sure to email Mohammed Shehada at ms4534@georgetown.edu. The stipend is paid as a lump sum for the academic internship period. If a student drops or withdraws from the internship class, the stipend payments stop, and the student must repay a pro-rated portion of the stipend.