High School Fellowships

The CIR High School Fellowship provides current high school students with the opportunity to learn about emerging global issues from one of New Mexico’s premier internationally-focused organizations. The Santa Fe Council on International Relations (CIR) introduces Fellows to world-renowned speakers and waives admission costs to its annual gala and Journalism under Fire conference. Fellows join a cohort interested in the world beyond New Mexico.

Learn more about CIR’s current High School Fellows

The Fellowship is NOT an internship

CIR interns are expected to perform work assignments in the office for an 8-week commitment and may receive academic credit from their schools.

CIR High School Fellows do not perform work assignments and are not eligible to receive academic credit for their work in the Fellowship.

Fellows are expected to attend meetings every three weeks at the Santa Fe Higher Education Center (HEC). During the first hour, Fellows will learn about topics and careers from international affairs experts. In the second hour, Fellows will discuss photos exchanged with high school students in Bukhara, Uzbekistan and Parral, Mexico.

Benefits of the Fellowship

  • Gain unique experience to use on college applications;
  • Meet world-renowned international affairs experts;
  • [Optional] practice public speaking;
  • Meet students with similar interests from across New Mexico;
  • Exchange photos with high school students living in Santa Fe’s Sister Cities in Bukhara, Uzbekistan and Parral, Mexico;
  • Learn about global issues rarely taught in high school classrooms.

Fellows Fund

CIR believes the opportunity to travel should be made available to more high school students, to experience another culture, study a new language, and learn about life outside the United States. In 2020-21, CIR will award a scholarship, to be applied towards a CIR-approved study abroad program, domestic summer camp, or internship. These scholarships will be competitively awarded to current, outstanding Fellows who regularly attend Fellowship meetings, complete photo assignments, and make every effort to attend CIR community education events.

Current High School Fellows will submit an application in December 2021, providing an overview of the program they are applying for and how it will benefit them personally and academically.

Meet our 2019-20 Fellows Fund Recipients!

Xitlalitl Rodas
School: Mandela International Magnet School, Santa Fe
Study Abroad Destination: Cape Town, South Africa

Xitlalitl is a junior at the Mandela International Magnet School in Santa Fe, NM. She volunteers for the International Folk Art Market (IFAM) every summer and is a Peace Ambassador with Creativity for Peace. Xitlalitl will participate in CIEE’s study abroad program, Leadership Through Mandela’s Example in Cape Town, South Africa this summer.

Skylar Morales
School: ASK Academy, Rio Rancho
Study Abroad Destination: Ferrara, Italy

Skylar is a junior at the ASK Academy in Rio Rancho, NM. She is an active participant in Model UN and hopes to join the Foreign Service. Skylar will participate in CIEE’s study abroad program, Italian and Language Culture in Ferrara, Italy this summer. This is the first time Skylar has traveled abroad!

Estephany Alvarez
School: The Master’s Program, Santa Fe
Study Abroad Destination: Mohammedia, Morocco

Estephany is a junior at The Master’s Program, a high school located at the Santa Fe Community College. She is interested in world languages and learning about cultures outside Santa Fe! Estephany will participate in CIEE’s study abroad program, Mentoring Youth & Raising Social Awareness, in Mohammedia, Morocco. This will be Estephany’s first time traveling abroad!

2019-20 Meeting Schedule

When: Meetings are from 5:00-7:00 PM on every third Tuesday
Where: Santa Fe Higher Education Center (HEC) located at
1950 Siringo Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87505

Meeting 1: September 17th, 2019 (Orientation)
Meeting 2: October 1st, 2019 (Prosecuting Perpetrators of the Rwandan Genocide)
2019 Annual Gala with Ambassador Christopher Hill
Meeting 3: October 22nd, 2019 (Amnesty International)
No meeting in November. Fellows are expected to attend Journalism under Fire 2019.
Meeting 4: December 3rd, 2019 (China’s Refusal to Accept U.S. Recycling)
Meeting 5: January 21, 2020 (Global Pearls: Working with Street Children in Guatemala)
Meeting 6: February 18th, 2020 (Todd Greentree: Life of a U.S. Diplomat)
Meeting 7: February 25th, 2020 (David Scheffer, first U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues)
2020 Annual Gala with Ambassador Susan Rice
Meeting 8: April 7th, 2020 (TBD)
Meeting 9: April 28th, 2020 (TBD)

Apply to be a CIR Fellow!

Fellowships are awarded to students with a desire to explore diverse topics related to international affairs (examples include: public health, cyber security, finance, anthropology, nonproliferation, law, economics, business, international politics, human rights, environmental studies, journalism, education, defense, and many more).  Applications are welcome from all current high school students attending a public or private school (homeschool applicants are also accepted). Students need to be a high school freshman, sophomore, junior or senior as of August 2020.


The 2020-21 High School Fellowship application is now open! Please submit your application using the form below. Once you’ve entered your information and essay, please hit submit. The deadline to apply is May 28, 2020. Finalists will be contacted for an interview in early June. If you have any questions regarding the application, please contact Tacarra at tacarra@sfcir.org