High School Fellowships

Are you a global citizen?

The CIR High School Fellowship provides local students with opportunities from one of New Mexico’s premier internationally focused organizations. The Santa Fe Council on International Relations (CIR) supports outstanding high school students with the opportunities to explore specific academic, professional, and individual goals. Learn about our 2018-19 High School Fellows here.

The High School 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 CIR office. During the first hour, Fellows will learn about topics and careers from experts related to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In the second hour, Fellows will participate in a digital storytelling project.

Digital Storytelling Project

Fellows will work on a digital storytelling project throughout the Fellowship. In groups of four, Fellows will examine and explore particular SDGs in their community. Fellows will document stories in the community and interview local activists working on a particular SDG topic.

In addition to exploring different SDG topics within Santa Fe, students in three of Santa Fe’s Sister Cities will also participate by photographing SDGs and sharing the images with Santa Fe Fellows. Students from Bukhara, Uzbekistan and Parral, Mexico will share their photos with CIR Fellows.

Benefits of the Fellowship include: 

  • a unique experience to use on resumes and college applications,
  • access to international affairs experts,
  • improvement of public speaking skills,
  • engagement in constructive dialogue with a cohort of students from various Santa Fe area schools, and
  • digital media literacy skills,
  • interaction with high school students living in Santa Fe’s Sister Cities.

Tentative Schedule

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

Meeting 1: September 17th, 2019
Meeting 2: October 1st, 2019
Meeting 3: October 22nd, 2019
No meeting in November. Fellows are expected to attend Journalism under Fire 2019.
Meeting 4: December 3rd, 2019
Meeting 5: January 14, 2020
Meeting 6: February 4th, 2020
Meeting 7: February 25th, 2020
No meeting in March.
Meeting 8: April 7th, 2020
Meeting 9: April 28th, 2020

Fellowship Application Details

Fellowships are competitively awarded to students with a significant 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 Santa Fe area 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 2019.


The deadline has passed. Please check back in April 2020 for the 2020-21 Fellowship application. 
2019-2020 CIR High School Fellowship Application

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