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

Tuesday, July 16th, 2019: College Application Workshop at CIR from 1:00-3:00 PM. Free to attend.

Thursday, July 18th, 2019: NextGen Summer Institute session on SDG 4 (quality education) will feature a lesson on “education in emergencies” and a lesson in Arabic. From 1:00-4:00 PM, free to attend. High school students only.

Thursday, July 25th, 2019: NextGen Summer Institute session on SDG 3 (good health and well-being) will feature a lesson on public health and tropical diseases, with a Russian language lesson. From 1:00-4:00 PM, free to attend. High school students only.

Thursday, August 1st, 2019: NextGen Summer Institute session on SDG 16 (peace, justice and strong institutions) will feature a prominent expert from the Carnegie Institute for International Peace and a language lesson in Farsi. From 1:00-4:00 PM, free to attend. High school students only.

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:

#NextGenSim. The Annual Policy Simulation has been re-branded to “#NextGenSim” and will be hosted again in early 2020. For the past three years, CIR has developed a high school policy simulation focusing on a range of issues from refugees to global energy. In 2019, the simulation focused on climate change, a multinational energy corporation, and renewable 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 fourth year running, the popular Academic WorldQuest competition, a program of the World Affairs Councils of America. The competition will be March 6th, 2019 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 22nd, 2019 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. As an 8-week program (June 3 – August 1), 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. In addition to speaker discussions, #NextGen Leaders will be responsible for writing two (2) 1-page research articles that will be published in a monthly “#NextGen Reports” newsletter.

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

Meet the Speaker. CIR will continue to create opportunities for high school students to interact with CIR speaker. In some cases, CIR will bring the speaker directly to high schools; in others, students can meet with the speaker in advance of their presentation. CIR believes these kinds of exchanges are of crucial value in advancing intellectual inquiry among students, in receiving feedback on research projects, and in shaping future educational and career-oriented decision-making.

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.