High School & College Education Programs

Are you a global citizen? 
High School Fellow at the Journalism Under Fire conference. 
Ambassador Michael McFaul with New Mexico students.
High School Fellows on Giving Tuesday. 
UNM student interviewing Ambassador Michael McFaul. 
CIR's 2018 Teacher of the Year. 

Calendar of Upcoming Education Events

Monday, January 13th, 2020: NextGen policy simulation at Fuller Lodge, in Los Alamos.

Tuesday, January 14th, 2020: Young Global Citizens session on the Geopolitics of the Middle East with retired foreign service officer Todd Greentree. The meeting will be at the Santa Fe Higher Education Center (HEC), located at 1950 Siringo Ave. from 5:00-7:00 PM.

Thursday, January 30, 2020: former Acting Director of the CIA, Michael Morell. Free for students and teachers! All details here.

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020: Academic WorldQuest 2020. To register your team, send an email to Tacarra at tacarra@sfcir.org.


Overview of Education Programs

CIR seeks to create empowered, empathetic, and engaged young leaders. CIR believes a student-centered approach to education enables students to take a leadership role in their current and future education. We regularly welcome interns from colleges and high schools. This year’s programs include:

Young Global Citizens. Young Global Citizens meets once per month in the CIR conference room to learn about a selected topic from Great Decisions, a program designed by the Foreign Policy Association. Students who attend these meetings will interact and discuss topics with other high school students from Santa Fe and northern New Mexico, including Los Alamos and Montezuma. If you are a high school student interested in participating, please contact Tacarra at tacarra@sfcir.org.

NextGenSim. The Annual Policy Simulation has been re-branded to “NextGenSim” and will be hosted again in 2020. This year, students will explore 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. If you are a student or teacher interested in participating, please contact Tacarra at tacarra@sfcir.org.

Academic WorldQuest. CIR is thrilled to offer, for the fifth year running, the popular Academic WorldQuest competition, a program of the World Affairs Councils of America. The competition will be Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020 at the Santa Fe Community College. Each team is comprised of 4 students (with 1-2 alternates) and 1 teacher. Want to participate? Please RSVP by February 7th, 2020 to Tacarra at tacarra@sfcir.orgMore information here.

High School Fellowship Program. Outstanding high school students are provided with the opportunity to learn from the foremost international relations organization in Santa Fe. Through a tailored approach to meet the needs of each fellow, 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 research and professional skills, gain leadership skills, develop cultural competencies, engage with international visitors, explore future educational possibilities, and acquire internship skills in a nonprofit environment. More information here.

NextGen Summer Institute. The NextGen Leader cohort will meet once per week to discuss topics related to the UN Sustainable Development Goals with a selected speaker at the CIR office from June until August 2020.

Internships. CIR will offer unpaid internship opportunities for high school and college students in summer 2019. More information here.

Peace Corps Panels. CIR will continue to arrange panels of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPVC) to visit local Santa Fe high schools, introducing students to future opportunities abroad. If you are interested in hosting a RPCV panel in your classroom, please contact Tacarra at tacarra@sfcir.org for more information.

If you are interested in volunteering with CIR’s education activities, please send an email to Tacarra at tacarra@sfcir.org for more information.