Postgrad Fellow & Interns
From time to time, QFI employs students and recent graduates on a paid temporary basis in its offices in Washington, D.C. or occasionally in Doha, Qatar, as Interns or Postgraduate Fellows. Internships are available to college students or recent high school graduates; Postgraduate Fellowships are available to recent college graduates, especially those who have recently completed an advanced degree (master's or doctorate).
Internships are part-time appointments (full-time is possible during school breaks); Postgraduate Fellowships are project-based and usually require a full-time commitment. Initial appointments are normally for one term of the academic calendar (i.e., fall term, spring term, or summer). The appointments may be extended but are not to exceed one year.
QFI Internships and Postgraduate Fellowships provide a challenging opportunity for young people to gain substantive experience in an international environment. QFI Interns and Postgraduate Fellows work in a particular department (Programs, Communications, or Operations). Assignments in the programs department are normally tied to a specific program (e.g., the Arabic Language and Culture Initiative or STEAM education), project, or event. QFI Communications has a partnership with Northwestern University in the U.S. and Qatar. Current students and Alumni of NW and NWQ are encouraged to apply for internships and postgraduate fellows positions when they become available.
As an organization dedicated to education, QFI makes every effort to ensure that such temporary appointments constitute a substantive learning experience and to give young people significant responsibility, with opportunities to exercise independent judgment. Interns and fellows with relevant background and experience and Arabic-language skills are especially desirable.
QFI will periodically announce available internships and fellowships on its website.
QFI is not currently accepting applications.
Post-Graduate Fellow: Communications
Moneera Al-Badi is a talented graphic designer from Doha, Qatar, who recently joined the team at QFI. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Virginia Commonwealth University – Qatar. Moneera’s vision is to combine art with education to make it easy and fun for students to learn and understand Arabic. She recently created and designed an innovative language wheel to be used for native English speakers and with no background in Arabic or the Arabic alphabet. The wheel is designed to write English words into Arabic. The wheel will be used in schools and can be downloaded as an App for people around the world to use it. Her future plans are to continue creating more visual tools and software with different languages to help spread education around the world in a creative and artistic style.
Post-Graduate Fellow: Communications
Sara joins the QFI team with a strong background in marketing and graphic design and has worked with major multinational brands such as P&G, Yum! Brands, CIGNA International and Allstate. Acquiring her BA in Graphic Design at American University, Sara went on to complete her Masters in Integrated Marketing Communications at Northwestern University's Medill School, where she founded and co-chaired the now Medill IMC Emerging Markets Committee, dedicated to researching Emerging Markets and aligning the IMC methodology to the rarely understood communications landscape of the region. The subsequent paper was later published in the Journal of Integrated Marketing and Communications. As a Qatari citizen studying and living abroad for over a decade, Sara strongly believes in the power of cultural exposure and a worldly education in creating global citizens and fostering open-mindedness, as she is a direct product of it. Joining the QFI team only strengthens her passion for using communications to advance global education and understanding.
Intern: Programs & Communications
Fahad began his relationship with QFI in 2009, during the very first cultural exchange program. He has been in contact with QFI ever since. During the Summer of Science and Service, Fahad and fellow QFI alumni, Damon Mallory, started a friendship and a partnership that eventually started the online platform known as YALLAH (Youth Allied to Lead, Learn And Help). He is a graduate of Doha Independant Secondary School for Boys and is currently attending Community College of Qatar, while interning with QFI and taking in as many workshops that revolve around film, writing and music as he can find. Even though he dabbles in many areas, Fahad aspires to one day be a respected Journalist and maybe the first Qatari Journalist in Aljazeera English.
Marianne Nari Fisher
Hailing from Seattle, Marianne recently completed her B.A. in International Studies and Arabic at the University of Washington. Dabbling in higher education policy, security analysis and nuclear nonproliferation, she has held internships with the international non-profit OneWorld Now!, University of Washington’s Federal Relations Office, the Center for Strategic Studies in Jordan, Budgeting Foreign Affairs & Defense at the Stimson Center and Ploughshares Fund. Marianne has lived in South Korea, Morocco and Jordan. A true IR wonk, her interests include international affairs, energy security, Middle East culture and nuclear nonproliferation.
Anas is a junior at Musab Bin Omair Independent Secondary school in Doha, Qatar, Recently joining QFI as a part-time intern, Anas is also an alumni of many QFI educational programs such as DCMUN 2012, Aber 2013 in Doha and YALLAH: Commit to Action 2013 in Denver, CO. Passionate about other cultures and perspectives, Anas' energy and talents make him a valued contributor to QFI's programs. At school, Anas is the editor-in-chief of Al Bustan magazine, and he leads and organizes school events and activities. Anas enjoys studying languages, and speaks Arabic and English. Joining the QFI team strengthens his talents, leadership skills and his passion to advance global citizenship and culture exchange.
Intern: Youth Engagement
A freshman at George Washington University interested in majoring in International Affairs and Economics, Margaret is a recent transplant to the East Coast- coming to QFI all the way from her native Seattle. A new intern for the Youth Engagement area, Margaret is also an alumna of one of QFI’s educational trips to Doha in 2011. Passionate about other cultures and perspectives, Margaret traveled with the U.S. State Department as a Youth Ambassador to Brazil, and she later served as an Alumni Mentor to Brazilian Youth Ambassadors in the United States. She received a State Department scholarship to study Turkish in Istanbul, an experience that inspired her hope of one day implementing a youth exchange between Jewish-Americans and Muslim populations. Driven to take action, Margaret participated in a two-year long youth leadership program led by OneWorld Now! At school, she is a staff reporter for The GW Hatchet and on the leadership team of J Street, a campus advocacy group promoting a two-state solution in Israel. She loves studying languages, and speaks Spanish and Turkish, has studied Arabic, and will be taking a German class this semester.
A recent high school graduate, Alex Mitchell joined QFI the summer before college in hopes of gaining experience in a competitive work place. At QFI, Alex has collaborated on numerous media projects as a producer, photographer, and primary and secondary video editor. The Y.A.S.E. in Rio video, edited by Alex, was displayed on the front page of QFI’s website. Currently a Freshman at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Alex is figuring out what he wants to be when he grows up. He hopes to use his experience from working for the foundation and combine it with his love for travel to further pursue his dream of working on a global scale.
Jared Robert MacDonald
A native of beautiful Orlando, Florida, Jared recently finished a B.A. in International Affairs and Political Science at The George Washington University. A born traveler—evidenced by study-abroad stints in Shanghai, Seoul, London, and Berlin—he is an ardent lover of world cuisine and people. His interests include international relations, Islamic theology and philosophy, conflict resolution, Middle Eastern languages and cultures, human rights, economic theory, and history. He is proficient in Spanish and German, while currently working to add Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Korean, French and Polish to his repertoire.
Post-Graduate Fellow: Youth Engagement
A native of Poland, Aneta is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Policy at Georgetown University with a Fulbright Graduate Award. Before moving to the United States, Aneta obtained an MA in International Relations in Poland. Fluent in English, Spanish, and German, Aneta worked with institutions like the European Commission and the Institute of International Education on youth engagement projects in southeast Europe and Bolivia. Her interests include youth issues, international economic & social development and good governance. Aneta joined QFI as member of the Monitoring and Evaluation initiative within Youth Engagement.
Alexa received her B.A. in Arabic Language and Culture from George Washington University. One of the highlights of her college experience was when she studied abroad for a semester in Cairo, Egypt. Since graduating in 2011, she has worked in the fields of education and environmental conservation. She recently joined QFI as an ALCI Intern. She loves learning languages, travelling and spending time outdoors. Along with Arabic, she speaks Spanish and German.
As a student at Prince George’s Community College, Courtney is working towards an A.S. in Business Administration. She later plans on transferring to the University of Maryland College Park, where she plans to pursue an MBA in Business Management. Courtney is currently an Operations Intern at QFI and hopes to gain experience in non-profit administration and operations.
The Road to Doha
QFI's Road to Doha program helped train and bring together youth from Qatar, the U.S., Brazil and Argentina to better understand and develop solutions to critical global issues and to more effectively raise environmental awareness.
The Future We Want
In June 2012, Youth Ambassadors for Science and the Environment traveled to Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Caravelas and Abrohlos National Marine Park before heading to Rio+20 Earth Summit.
YALLAH: Commit to Action, Minnesota
QFI selected 36 students from Brazil, Qatar and the U.S. to participate in the National Service-Learning Conference held in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Madeleine Albright Visits Lindblom
On April 10, 2012, Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright visited QFI's partner school, Lindblom Math and Science Academy.
Concordia Language Villages
In summer of 2011, QFI established a partnership with Concordia Language Villages. 31 youth from 20 different schools attended 2 or 4-week sessions at Al Waha, the Arabic Language Village.
QFI / WeVideo Behind the Scenes
The video that launched SXSW Film, highlighting QFI student filmmakers who collaborated on short water films.
QFI Celebrates Foreign Language Week
QFI's Executive Director speaks about the importance of learning another language.
BtoQ Compilation Video
Check out all five "Brazil to Qatar" National Geographic student videos in one compilation.
"Women" during the BtoQ Exchange
Brazilian and Qatari students worked with National Geographic instructors during the Brazil to Qatar exchange to create a short piece on women.
"People and Nature" during the BtoQ Exchange
Brazilian and Qatari students worked with National Geographic instructors during the Brazil to Qatar exchange to create a short piece on people and nature.
Behind the Scenes at Brazil to Qatar: One World, Many Stories
A behind the scenes look at the #BtoQ exchange program that brought 22 high school students from Brazil to meet their counterparts in Qatar.
From Chicago to Doha: Connecting Cultures, Exploring Science
Learn about students from Chicago's Lindblom Math and Science Academy who went on QFI's exchange trip to Qatar.
Chicago2Doha Media Projects
39 students from 3 schools in Chicago and Qatar came together for the Connecting Cultures, Exploring Science trip. Students told their reflections of the trip through images, video and sound.
Glass Blowing at Chihuly's Studio: YALLAH 2011
QFI students in Seattle as part of the YALLAH cultural exchange trip in 2011 were invited to world-renowned glass blower Dale Chihuly's studio.
Sir Richard Branson speaks to Earth Day Qatar 2011
Earth Day Qatar 2011 was the premier event in the region, featuring speakers, discussions, workshops, and a special video message by Sir Richard Branson.
Meet our Brazilian students
Arabic Language and Culture in Sao Paolo - meet the Brazilian students and administrators of this program.
Crossing the divide
Watch as students from QFI partner schools in Washington DC and Boston tell their story of language learning and cultural exchange.
Our mission and the astrolabe
With its rich and varied history, the Astrolabe represents education, science, innovation and diversity. Highlighted in this video, these values underscore QFI's vision and programs.
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