SFS SUPPORTS STUDENTS IN SUMMER INTERNSHIPS AND LANGUAGE STUDY

Internships are an integral part of the SFS education and prepare students for careers in the international arena. Internships provide students with the opportunity to enhance their academic coursework; gain professional experience and insight into career opportunities; develop contacts in their field of interest; and explore the public, private, and/or non-profit sectors.

SFS students intern around the world for organizations ranging from the U.S. State and Defense Departments to the United Nations, international NGOs and Fortune-500 companies.  Some students spend their summer attending intensive language courses to achieve mastery of their chosen foreign language.


#SummerSFS In Focus

SummerSFS: Ani Chikhikvadze

Ani Chkhikvadze is a graduate student at the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies, specializing in Eastern Europe and the South Caucasus. She spent her summer working in Kiev, Ukraine with the local organizations: “Platform of Reforms” and Ukrainian Crisis Media Center.

SummerSFS: Elisa Mosler

Elisa Mosler is a second year MSFS student with an International Development concentration. Elisa spent the summer interning with a Philippine NGO in Manila called Center for Migrant Advocacy (CMA).

SummerSFS: Jenna Clifford

Jenna Clifford completed her freshman year in the SFS and is interested in pursuing anthropology in the future. She participated in GU Impacts and spent her summer in Bangalore, India interning for a local organization called Dream-A-Dream.

SummerSFS: SSP Students

The Security Studies Program (SSP) chronicled the summer experiences of students who received the Security Studies summer grant through their Around the World Blog. Here are a selection of students who were featured on the blog:

SummerSFS: Claudia Wagner

Claudia Wagner is a graduate student at the Center for Eurasian, Russian, and East European Studies program focusing on Russia and the Caucasus. This summer, she was a trainee at the Council of Europe office in Tbilisi, Georgia, working on human rights and electoral assistance programs.

SummerSFS: Hannah Creek

Hannah Creek is a graduate student in the Security Studies Program (SSP) where she is concentrating on U.S. National Security. This summer, Hannah traveled to the United Kingdom to conduct independent research on the counterterrorism legislation, known prominently as the CONTEST Strategy, of America’s greatest ally.

SummerSFS: Natalia Kopytnik

Natalia Kopytnik is a graduate student at the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies, focusing on Central and Eastern European studies. This summer, she was in Poland where she interned at the Warsaw Observer and Warsaw Insider magazines, focusing on Polish foreign relations as well as events going on in Warsaw

SummerSFS: Ryan Millerick

Ryan Millerick is a graduate student in the German and European Studies program (MAGES). He spent the summer in Munich, Germany interning in the Government and External Affairs Office at the BMW global headquarters through one of the Center’s Signature Internships.

SummerSFS: Timothy Loh

Timothy Loh is a graduate student in the MA in Arab Studies program. Timothy spent his summer studying Arabic in Alexandria, Egypt.

SummerSFS: Brad Youngblood

Brad Youngblood is a MA student at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies. He spent his summer studying Arabic in Cairo, Egypt.

SummerSFS: Cristina Zhang

Cristina Zhang is a second-year Master’s degree student in the Latin American Studies Program with a concentration in Political Economy and China-Latin America relations.

SummerSFS: Ashley Johnson

Ashley Johnson is a graduate student in the Global Human Development program focusing on energy, environment and climate change. She spent her summer interning with USAID’s office of Economic Growth and Trade in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where she worked on the Power Africa Initiative.

SummerSFS: Gretchen Knoth

Gretchen Knoth is a second-year Master’s degree student in the Global Human Development Program with a dual concentration in agriculture and private sector development. She recently returned from the Philippines, where she spent the summer interning with USAID on industry competitiveness, trade and electronic payments projects.

SummerSFS: Denny Newhouse

Denny Newhouse is a graduate student in the Global Human Development program. This summer, Denny worked with the American Red Cross and Myanmar Red Cross Society on disaster risk reduction programs in Yangon, Myanmar and with CARE Bangladesh on emergency response programs in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

SummerSFS: Yeyen Ong

Yeyen Ong is a second year MSFS student concentrating in Global Business and Finance. She spent her summer interning with the United Nations Development Programme(Pacific Financial Inclusion Programme) in Fiji.

SummerSFS: Cherie Chung

Cherie Chung is a senior in the SFS majoring in International Economics, with a passion for social entrepreneurship and development economics. She spent her time in Dhaka, Bangladesh interning for a local organization called CriticaLink.

SummerSFS: Valerie Sanchez

Valerie Sanchez is a member of the SFS Class of 2018. She spent her summer in the Philippines interning as a student researcher at the Ateneo de Manila University’s Ateneo Center for Educational Development (ACED).

SummerSFS: Lyssa Freese

Lyssa Freese is a senior in the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. She is majoring in Science, Technology and International Affairs, specifically focusing on Global Health, and is also a pre-med student.

SummerSFS: Devika Ranjan

Devika Ranjan is an undergraduate student in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service Class of 2017, majoring in Culture and Politics with a focus on Human Rights, Art and Revolution. This summer, she traveled around India and Nepal researching theatre for reconstruction.

SummerSFS: Grace Kim

Grace Kim is a proud member of the Class of 2017 in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, majoring in International Political Economy. This past summer, Grace interned for the State Department at the U.S. Consulate in St. Petersburg, Russia in the consular section.

SummerSFS: Andrea Arzaba Diaz

Andrea Arzaba is a second year graduate student in the Master’s in Latin American Studies concentrating in Development. She spent her summer interning with The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Montevideo, Uruguay.

SummerSFS: Casey Bahr

Casey Bahr is a graduate student in the Master of Arts in Arab Studies program. She spent her summer doing a 6 week intensive Arabic study abroad program with CCAS and interning with Dar Si Hmad, a Moroccan NGO based in Agadir, Morocco.

SummerSFS: Zi Yang

Zi Yang is a graduate student in the Asian Studies program. This summer, he took a vacation to Colorado and Wyoming and took Russian classes in Washington, DC.