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The STEM Hub at Texas A&M University at Qatar is a nerve center for outreach activities and academic enrichment designed to attract young people to studies and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM fields).

STEM skills are a national priority for Qatar as it develops a knowledge-based economy. By focusing on hands-on learning and innovative thinking, the STEM Hub provides a unique space where students and teachers can benefit from access to tools, scientific instruments, 3D printers, engineering equipment and raw materials. The STEM Hub’s resources are supplemented by central laboratories and workshops at Texas A&M University at Qatar, which has an impressive array of advanced scientific equipment for research in chemistry, physics and engineering.

Texas A&M at Qatar’s summer STEM programs are highly successful in supporting recruitment of high-achieving students to engineering studies. As a summer outreach intern, you can be part of that success by sharing your experience as an undergraduate with an aspiring Aggie.

For the duration of your internship, you will live in Qatar Foundation’s state-of-the-art student housing, which is just minutes away from the Texas A&M Engineering Building. On the weekends, you can spend your free time exploring Doha’s rich array of culture experiences, such as the Museum of Islamic Art and the National Museum of Qatar, both of which are regarded internationally as architectural masterpieces.

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What will I do?

As part of a team of undergraduate interns, you will research, plan, design and deliver the Summer Engineering Academy, a prestigious academic enrichment program that teaches the fundamentals of engineering through a hands-on project that engages high school students to research, design, build and test their solution. Related to one of Qatar’s research challenges, the project will challenge these aspiring engineers to creatively solve real-world problems.

Interns will be assigned as mentors to teams of high school students participating in this program. Over the course of three weeks, the interns will guide their team through the development and completion of their project.

After the Summer Engineering Academy, interns will brainstorm and draft a new engineering children’s book. As part of the Adventures in Engineering children’s book series, you will research, write and storyboard the story of our main character learning about how engineering and sciences play a crucial role toward Qatar’s growth and development. Students authors will be recognized in the final book, giving each intern a publication credit.

What’s in it for me?

Outreach interns selected for this program will receive a roundtrip air ticket between Texas and Doha in addition to free housing in Qatar Foundation’s state-of-the-art dormitories, located just minutes from the Texas A&M Engineering Building in Education City.

Students also may seek internship credit (484), and engineering students could satisfy their ENGR[X] degree requirement through this experience, subject to approval by their advisor.

What will I learn?

In addition to learning valuable teambuilding, communication and interpersonal skills, you will have ample opportunity to immerse yourself in the culture of the Middle East. Learn about Arabic history, language and art. Swim in the Arabian Gulf or take selfies with camels and falcons. Enjoy the various cuisines from around the world while making new friends and collecting memories that will last a lifetime.

Who is eligible?

Any student enrolled at Texas A&M in Spring 2020 in good academic standing in the College of Engineering is eligible to apply. Students must have a passport, valid until at least January 2021, on or before 1 April 2020.

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What will I do?

As part of a team of undergraduate interns, you will research, plan and build an agricultural program for high school students to design a hydroponic gardening system. Engaging students in hands-on learning that challenges these aspiring engineers to solve real-world problems, the program will teach fundamentals of agriculture, science and engineering.

Interns will be assigned to develop the lesson plans for a program that involves the teaching of hydroponic and vertical gardening theories, plant growth cycles and system engineering. The hydroponic system should monitor environmental and physicals factors using sensory inputs, have automated watering and lighting controls, and be a viable option for classroom instruction in Qatari schools. Over the two-week program, the interns will guide their teams through the development and completion of the project.

As part of the program, interns will brainstorm and draft a new engineering children’s book. As part of the Adventures in Engineering children’s book series, you will research, write and storyboard the story of our main character learning about how agricultural engineering and sciences play a crucial role towards Qatar’s growth and development. Student authors will be recognized in the final book, giving each intern a publication credit.

What’s in it for me?

Students may seek internship credit (484) based on this learning experience. In addition, interns selected for this program will receive a roundtrip air ticket between Texas and Doha in addition to free housing in Qatar Foundation’s state-of-the-art dormitories, located just minutes from the Texas A&M Engineering Building in Education City.

What will I learn?

In addition to learning valuable teambuilding, communication and interpersonal skills, you will have ample opportunity to immerse yourself in the culture of the Middle East. Learn about Arabic history, language and art. Swim in the Arabian Gulf or take selfies with camels and falcons. Enjoy the various cuisines from around the world while making new friends and collecting memories that will last a lifetime.

Who is eligible?

Any student enrolled at Texas A&M in Spring 2020 in good academic standing is eligible to apply. Students must have a passport, valid until at least January 2021, on or before 1 April 2020.

Summer Schedule

26 May
depart for Doha
27 May
arrive in Doha
28–30 May
orientation
31 May
internship begins
14 June
Summer Engineering Academy begins
2 July
Summer Engineering Academy ends
12 July
ag program begins
23 July
ag program ends
30 July
last day of internship
31 July
depart Doha