High School & College 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.

High School Fellowship

Outstanding 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 have the opportunity to apply for the Fellows Fund to support studying abroad.

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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. If you are a student or teacher interested in participating, please contact Tacarra at tacarra@sfcir.org.

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Meet the Peace Corps

CIR arranges 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.


CIR will offer a very limited number of unpaid internship opportunities for high school and college students during the 2020-21 academic year.

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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.