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MSFS Announces 2017 SoldierStrong Scholarship Recipient Mikel Rodriguez

The Master of Science in Foreign Service Program is delighted to announce the 2017 SoldierStrong Scholarship Recipient, Navy Lieutenant Mikel Rodriguez. Mikel, a Naval Academy graduate, has a warfare designation of Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) Officer, and has over 3 years of international experience including deployments to Afghanistan.

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SFS Appoints Former FSI Director Nancy McEldowney as New Director of MSFS

Ambassador McEldowney has had a distinguished career as a leader in foreign affairs training, a senior policy advisor and a high profile diplomat. Most recently, she served as the Director of the Foreign Service Institute (FSI), the premier foreign affairs training provider for the U.S. Government.

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Thank You, Tony!

As we welcome Ambassador Nancy McEldowney as Director of the Master of Science in Foreign Service program on July 1, it is time to give thanks to Tony Arend, and wish him well in his endeavors as Senior Associate Dean of Graduate and Faculty Affairs in the School of Foreign Service.

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MSFS Students Organize 2nd Annual Africa Business Conference

On February 4, 2017, the Georgetown McDonough School of Business and the Walsh School of Foreign Service’s African Studies Program hosted the second annual Georgetown Africa Business Conference, titled A Time for Ownership: The Future of Business and Governance in Africa. Branded as #GTABC, the conference brings together over thirty sector leaders across Africa to speak about the development of various industries, serving to showcase the growth and impact of a wide range of sectors across the continent.

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Student Spotlight: Simegnish “Lily” Mengesha, MSFS ’18

Simegnish “Lily” Mengesha, a political refugee and exiled journalist from Ethiopia, came to MSFS this past year seeking an environment of inclusivity and diversity, an opportunity for intellectual growth, and a path towards making the world a better place.

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MSFS Students Explore the Tech Industry Through Second DC Day

On Friday, December 12th, several MSFS students visited DC-based startup incubator 1776. Founded through a generous grant from the DC government under then mayor Vincent Gray, 1776 provides working space, mentorship, and funding opportunities for innovators focusing on leveraging entrepreneurship to address policy gaps in education, smart cities, health, transportation, energy, fintech, and cybersecurity.

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Big Buddies: Service in Action

One of the MSFS program’s foundational elements is a commitment to service. Yet in the midst of classes, internships, and exams, we don’t always get the chance to engage in direct service and remind ourselves of one of the reasons why we are committed to the career paths we’ve chosen. This is why participating in Big Buddies is such a gift.

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Alumni Spotlight: Gabe Gough, MSFS ’11

Mr. Gough serves as Director of Intergovernmental Affairs at the Department of Veterans Affairs. He oversees gubernatorial, municipal and international affairs. As an Army veteran, he is most proud of having an impact on millions of fellow veterans every day. He has helped work with the First Lady’s Office as well as with mayors and governors throughout the country on reducing veteran homelessness by 50%, totaling 350,000 veterans.

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Georgetown SFS Hosts Gender and Development Forum

On November 11, Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service hosted an event aimed to help push the world closer towards gender equality. At the event, titled “Gender and Development Forum: A Series of Short, Powerful Talks,” students had the opportunity to hear from leading development practitioners from public, private, and nonprofit sectors about their experiences and expertise on gender issues in development.

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#MSFSinNYC: First Years Reflect on Annual Career Trip

What does it mean when you see 70 graduate students from the School of Foreign Service taking up the better part of a city block outside the US Mission to the United Nations in New York City? It’s the annual Master of Science in Foreign Service trek from D.C. to connect with alumni, build knowledge, and finally eat bagels that don’t come from Einstein’s.

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MSFS Students Join Policy Makers at 9th Annual Affairs of State Gala

This past weekend, several students from the School of Foreign Service attended the 9th annual Affairs of State Gala & Fundraiser hosted by the Young Professionals in Foreign Policy in D.C.’s City Center. This event is where D.C.’s next generation of foreign policy leaders converge for an evening of celebration, music, cocktails, and networking.

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#SummerSFS: Students Recap Their Work Abroad (Pt. 2)

A Master of Science in Foreign Service provides a wide range of advantages beyond a degree in international politics. In fact, many young professionals choose this degree in order to improve their skills and understanding in finance in the context of a dynamic international market. MSFS students Dainis Butners and Sun Lingyuan both chose to specialize in Global Business and Finance within the MSFS degree in hopes of working within the sphere of international business and diplomacy. Here is how they spent their recent summer away from Georgetown University.