Academic Internships

Academic Internship Overview

Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service in Qatar is pleased to partner with organizations in Doha to provide academic internship programs for our students. These internships greatly enhance Georgetown’s commitment to applied and experiential learning. These experiences provide 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 GU-Q are eligible. Students apply to work at one of the partner organizations for the fall or spring semester. 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 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
  • 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.
  • Qatar Foundation (QF) Headquarters and Qatar Foundation's Qatar Green Building Council (QGBC).

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 Christine Schiwietz via email.

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.
  • Students must be in good academic standing at GU.

To apply, submit the following:

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

The United States Embassy Doha, Qatar - The Embassy accepts students to work in various offices within the Embassy, including, but not limited to, Public Affairs, Human Resources and Foreign Commercial Service (FCS) office. 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, 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 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 business 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
  • 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.

  • Preference is given to juniors and seniors, but sophomores may be considered.
  • A minimum GPA of 3.3 is required.
  • Candidates should have an interest in strategic communications, politics, business and/or current affairs. Strong communication, writing and research skills in English are required. The ability to read and write in Arabic is also highly desirable.

  • Students must be in good academic standing at GU.

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.
  • Students must be in good academic standing at GU.

To apply submit the following:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume

Qatar Foundation (QF) Headquarters and Qatar Foundation's Qatar Green Building Council (QGBC)

Work at Qatar Foundation HQ and Qatar Foundation's QGBC 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.

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.
  • A 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.
  • 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 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, 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 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 internship supervisor for work assignments in addition to completing Georgetown class assignments and meetings.
  • *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. The stipend is paid monthly 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.