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Texas A&M at Qatar students gain first-hand experience on broadcasting an international event during FIFA TV Legacy internship

Published Jan 23, 2023


Twenty-six students from Texas A&M University at Qatar, a Qatar Foundation partner university, gained first-hand experience on how broadcasting for a global sporting event works during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. The students, who were part of the FIFA TV Legacy internship program, discussed their journeys in a recent event.

The students interned across several areas including production, digital engineering, broadcast structures, venue management and IT and legacy.

Fatma Ahmed, a chemical engineering student who interned as a production assistant, said that the internship was a unique and valuable experience.

“It was incredible to be part of such a diver and committed team, all working together efficiently to bring football to life for those who were tuning in to watch the matches. We learnt a lot from each other, and I look forward to being part of other sporting event in Qatar in the future:”

Mohammed Shaikh, mechanical engineering student, said, “I love football, and that is why I applied for the internship. But it was an exciting education experience too. It helped me challenge myself to step out of  my comfort zone, and helped me become more self-confident while working with people from different fields and backgrounds. Working as a commentary assistant, I was thrilled to see how it all came together — almost like a jigsaw puzzle.”

This program has been offered for university students since 2002. The FIFA TV Legacy Internship program aims to further the professional development of young people in the host country of the World Cup so that the skills and know-how that go into broadcasting the world’s biggest single-sport event are passed on to the next generation of local professionals.

Armelle Canet, who was supervising the students on behalf of the Legacy team for FIFA TV, said, “Although this internship may not be directly related to the academic learning for the Texas A&M at Qatar students, it definitely does prepare them to be part of the workforce someday. We engage these students in various aspects of broadcast, and they develop crucial skills including soft skills,  team work, time management and project management.”