BrookingsMOUinternshipsThe Brookings Doha Center (BDC) and Georgetown University in Qatar (GU-Q) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which will reserve one or more internships per semester for qualified students. 

The two-year MoU agreement will provide a structure for GU-Q students to apply theories and skills learned in the classroom to policy and research work done at BDC. Students who successfully complete their internship will earn one academic credit toward their GU-Q degree.

Dr Salman Shaikh, Director of the BDC, said:

The Brookings Doha Center is ever-seeking to expand its local capacity and reach…The center looks forward to providing GU-Q students with first-hand access to the BDC’s mission and programming, as well as to expanding the students’ research abilities and acquainting them with local business practices. In exchange, the BDC looks forward to bolstering its access to and collaboration with the vibrant academic community of GU-Q.’

Based in Qatar, the BDC is an initiative of the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC, that advances high-quality, independent policy analysis and research on the Middle East. The center maintains a reputation for policy impact and cutting-edge, field-oriented research on socioeconomic and geopolitical issues facing the broader Middle East, including relations with the United States.

Dr Gerd Nonneman, Dean of GU-Q, called the agreement an exceptional opportunity to engage interns in substantive research in the context of BDC’s policy analysis, in ways that connect naturally to the university’s International Politics curriculum.

Nonneman said:

One of the benefits of the Georgetown campus in Doha is opportunities such as this for our students…I know the kind of high-calibre students Georgetown brings to the arrangement will contribute enthusiastically toward the work of Brookings in Doha. At the same time our student interns will hone their research capabilities and enhance their professional skills.’

GU-Q, also known as the School of Foreign Service in Qatar (SFS-Q), opened in Qatar in 2005 as a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development. The university is a branch campus of the Georgetown University Edmund A Walsh School of Foreign Service. Currently, GU-Q offers a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service degree with the ability to major in one of three fields: International Politics, Culture and Politics, and International Economics. The curriculum of these majors is identical to that offered in Georgetown’s main campus.

BDC will assign a mentor to each GU-Q intern. The mentor will provide on-going guidance for typical duties and assignments relevant to independent research, policy analysis and programming on the Middle East.

Successful internship candidates should a demonstrate:

  • Interest in Middle East politics or US foreign policy in the region
  • Excellent writing and research skills
  • Strong academic background

Although knowledge of Arabic is not a necessary requirement, it’s considered a plus.