Why SFS?

Commitment to Service

Jackie KimmellAt SFS, service is not just a particular career path. It’s an approach to solving problems that is just as relevant in the private sector as it is in the public sector. Members of the SFS community utilize Georgetown’s Jesuit values while they’re on campus and no matter what they go on to do after they leave the Hilltop.

Jackie Kimmell (SFS’17), a STIA major concentrating on global health, is a Hoya applying Georgetown’s Jesuit values to her professional life. She interned last summer in the non-profit sector with the Clinton Foundation, which was founded by Georgetown alum and former president Bill Clinton (SFS’68).

“Working in the Communications Department at the Clinton Foundation this summer taught me a lot about what type of job environment and responsibilities I want to try to find after graduation. Seeing the work of the Foundation also gave me the chance to crystalize my views of the role of nonprofits in the world today — a prominent theme in many of my SFS classes,” said Kimmell.

Intersection of Scholars and Practitioners

At SFS, you can study with former Secretaries of State, with people who led huge multinational corporations or with renowned scholars in international affairs. Students can attend events with speakers who come from the top of their fields, across all sectors of foreign affairs. Both students and faculty bring their expertise into the classroom and onto campus, facilitating a learning environment that pushes students to constantly challenge big ideas with experience and practice from all over the world.

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The U.S. National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security
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Washington, D.C. Location

Living in Washington, D.C. and attending SFS provides unique access to speakers, internships and jobs.  You have access to one of the world’s greatest libraries, some of its finest museums and archives, connections to diplomats from just about every country, and of course, the seat of the U.S. government. Our location gives SFS the extraordinary opportunity for us to engage (and sometimes even influence) the debates that lead to real action.

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Understanding the Global Landscape

SFS students achieve a depth of understanding of countries, regions and cultures. They study abroad (more than 60%), master a foreign language (18 languages offered) and do international summer internships and research opportunities. On campus, students benefit from more than 20 different centers and programs that cover all regions of the world and key cross-cutting global issues.

A Century of Service to the World

Founded in 1919, SFS has educated more than 28,000 alumni  who currently reside in some 120 countries – working in leadership roles in nearly every walk of life in diplomacy, business, the arts, development with a strong global focus.