High School & College Education Programs

CIR seeks to empower and engage the next generation of leaders. Whether you’re interested in becoming a foreign service officer with the U.S. Department of State or you’re new to international affairs and want to learn more about the world, our programs are open to any interested high school or college student. Due to COVID-19, CIR has transitioned our education programs online for the 2020-21 academic year. We welcome students from across New Mexico to participate in our digital programs!

High School Fellowship

Interested high school students are provided with the opportunity to learn from the foremost international relations organization in Santa Fe. CIR supports fellows to explore specific academic, professional, and individual goals. The fellowship will provide opportunities to network and form relationships with leaders in the field, learn professional skills, gain leadership skills, develop cultural competencies, engage with international visitors, explore future educational possibilities, and apply for the CIR Fellowship Award to support study abroad.

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A game where players interact to solve a complex issue facing the world today…

CIR’s Policy Simulation has been re-branded to “NextGenSim” and was hosted again in 2020. This year, students explored the role of nuclear energy as a transition to carbon-zero energy in the context of a fictional developing country. For the past three years, CIR has developed a high school policy simulation focusing on a range of issues from refugees to global energy.

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Young Global Citizens

Are you a current high school student interested in learning more about the world? Young Global Citizens meet once per month, online. Students from across New Mexico will (digitally) meet a high-level speaker who will discuss their career and tales from abroad! It is free to participate, but students must be currently enrolled in a middle or high school.

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CIR recognizes the importance of gaining work experience in international affairs. As one of New Mexico’s premier internationally-focused organizations, CIR strives to provide internship opportunities for high school and university students. Applications are welcome from both U.S. and international students and CIR does not discriminate on the basis of age, sexual orientation, disability, gender, ethnicity, or religion. 

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Academic WorldQuest

CIR was thrilled to offer, for the fifth year running, the popular Academic WorldQuest competition, a program of the World Affairs Councils of America. The competition was held on Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020 at the Santa Fe Community College.

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More Information

If you are interested in more information regarding any of CIR’s high school and college education programs, please send an email to Tacarra at tacarra@sfcir.org.