Apply now to join the inaugural Georgetown University Summer Institute in Gender, Identity and Global Policymaking: an immersive summer experience for Georgetown undergraduate students. Applications are due Thursday, February 15! 

Are you a Georgetown undergraduate student interested in how gender, LGBTQI+ issues, and identity shape global affairs? Are you looking for practical skills to apply to your career? Do you want to network with our partners in the US Government, think tanks, and NGOs? 

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then you should apply to participate in the Summer Institute in Gender, Identity and Global Policymaking.

The Institute is an intensive, 10-week, 12-credit program designed to combine classroom, experiential, and research learning with a focus on professional opportunities. The program runs from Monday, June 3 – Friday, August 9, 2024. Credits will be discounted by 20% compared to courses offered during a regular semester. Room and board, as well as a 10-week meal plan, are included in the cost.

We are excited to announce that students who complete our Summer Institute will be eligible for an undergraduate certificate in Gender and Global Affairs. This new certificate will be conferred to students who complete the Summer Institute and an additional 6 credits of eligible courses related to gender, identity, and global affairs.

For more information, attend our Info Session on Thursday, February 8, at 4:00 p.m.

Summer Course Spotlight:
Bridging Theory & Practice

In this course, students will interact with and hear from invited guests from the DC policy and practice community. In addition, students will visit off-campus locations to meet policymakers and practitioners, including the United States Institute of Peace and the Department of State. Throughout the Bridging Theory and Practice course, students will acquire and practice public speaking skills by presenting their research findings to policymakers and practitioners.

Meet Our Professors 

Karine Lepillez is Deputy Chief of Party for the USAID Gender LEAD Program, a $57 million gender capacity building initiative for USAID Missions around the world. She was formerly Global Director for Gender Equality and Girls’ Education at Room to Read and Director for Gender Policy & Practice at Navanti Group. She has led and supported the operationalization of gender equality policies around the world, including as Principal of Inclusive Societies, where she worked with the World Bank, the United Nations, the U.S. Government, and other donors and implementing partners to address structural barriers to gender equality.

Rita Stephan is a Division Chief for the Continuing Education and Training in the Office of Knowledge Management at the International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Bureau in the U.S. Department of State and a research fellow at the Moise A. Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies at North Carolina State University. Previously, she served as the Regional Coordinator for Religious and Ethnic Minorities at USAID. From 2012 to 2020, she served in the U.S. Department of State as the Director of the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) in the Near Eastern Affairs Bureau and the founder and Acting Director of Data Analytics in the Executive Secretary’s Office.

Dr. S. Ayse Kadayifci-Orellana is an affiliate GIWPS Researcher and an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University. Before coming to Georgetown University, she served as a consultant for the Religion and Peacebuilding Program at the United States Institute of Peace and as an Assistant Professor in the field of Peace and Conflict Resolution at American University. She is also one of the founding members of Salam Institute for Peace and Justice and has written on Muslim women’s peacebuilding initiatives, mediation and peacebuilding, religion and conflict resolution, interfaith dialogue, Islamic approaches to war and peace, and Islam and nonviolence.

To learn more about the Summer Institute, please reach out to our program director Dr. Robert Nagel at or attend our Info Session on Thursday, February 8, at 4:00 p.m.

Applications open on Friday, December 1, 2023 and close on Monday, February 12, 2024.

Apply Now!