Global Scholar | International Relations Summer Program for High School Students

Join us in July: in Washington, D.C. or Online!

  • Session 1 (Grades 11-12): June 28-July 10, 2020
  • Session 2 (Grades 9-10): June 28-July 10, 2020
  • Session 3 (Grades 11-12): July 12-July 24, 2020
  • Session 4 (Grades 9-10): July 12-July 24, 2020

Global Scholar is an international relations intensive program that builds the knowledge and skills high school students need to make social change on a local and global scale. Through hands-on learning and meetings with leading policy experts, Global Scholar empowers young and emerging leaders to become change makers on their campuses and in their communities.

We know your summer is valuable. Currently we are still hoping to hold our program in Washington, D.C., but we are following guidance from the CDC and the D.C. Department of Health and will switch to a comparable (and excellent!) virtual program if we are advised against meeting in person. Find out more about the virtual option on this page.

Recent graduates of the program have gone on to lead student organizations; work for international organizations, the UN, the State Department and more; participate in prestigious gap year and language programs; and enroll at top institutions like Harvard, Columbia, the University of Chicago, McGill University, and more. Most importantly: they’ve developed a deep understanding of their power as leaders, the importance of their voice, and the many pathways for having an impact on their world.

Apply to be a Global Scholar! Spots are limited and applications will only be accepted until the program is full. Check out tuition and scholarship information here.

Read our statement about how we’re planning for the Coronavirus here.

Key Program Elements:

  • Explore urgent global challenges including security, poverty, climate change, refugees, immigration, global health, and human rights through seminars with experts working in government, think tanks, non-profit organizations, academia and more. Scholars also meet with embassies and Senate offices.
  • Build skills to be a bold and visionary global leader. Our popular Action Lab workshops give you advanced training you won’t get anywhere else, focusing on: Systems Thinking and Complex Problem-Solving; Diversity and Inclusion; Strategic Action Planning; Activating your Story, Values and Vision; and Empathy and Dialogue.
  • Do big things, now. The world can’t wait for your brilliance, and neither can we. Throughout the program Scholars apply knowledge and skills to craft and launch a meaningful project around a timely and critical global challenge, including voting, climate change, immigration, and more. 
You’ll refine valuable skills, build your resume, and make a difference.
  • Launch your global career. Discover careers, schools and opportunities in international affairs through career panels, career mapping, and 1:1 conversations with professionals working in the private, public and nonprofit sectors, as well as representatives from scholarship, fellowship, and study abroad programs. We also visit local universities.
  • Explore beautiful Washington, D.C. and build inspiring friendships with peers equally motivated to pursue leadership opportunities and careers in public and international affairs. The broader AMP Global Youth family is thousands strong worldwide.

Learn more:

  • Our curriculum: we are the only program that combines robust learning with powerful skillbuilding. Learn more about our curriculum here, and see a snapshot of recent speakers below.
  • Our alumni go on to lead successful careers and be engaged and thoughtful global citizens. Check out alumni testimonials and our impact.
  • Here’s a snapshot of a typical Day in the Life of Global Scholar.
  • Find many more details on our FAQ page. And parents: we’ve answered some of your top questions here.
  • Contact us at any time to learn more about the program! Email: GlobalScholar@AMPGlobalYouth.org

Global Scholar 2019 Speakers and Sessions Included:

New York City

  • Access to Education. Jennifer Rigg, Executive Director, Global Campaign for Education
  • Unifying the Playing Field: Local and Global Movements to Advance the Right to Education. Ford Foundation
  • Understanding the United Nations and the Sustainable Development Goals. Charlotte Platt and Johan Rifai, UN Foundation
  • Challenges to Global Health. Doctors Without Borders
  • Water Access. Annalise Bourgeois, Charity: Water
  • Financing for International Development. Oliver Schwank, Senior Economic Advisor, United Nations
  • Global and Nuclear Security. Karim Kamel, Carnegie Corporation
  • Careers in International Affairs. Sampson Oppedisano, The New School and Aisha Mitchell, Global Health Corps
  • Understanding Immigration Challenges. Ella Nimmo, Cabrini Immigrant Services
  • Protecting and Promoting Human Rights: Women’s and indigenous Rights. Fadimata Walet Inorene, Save the Children and Grace Fernandes, STAND Now
  • Journalism and Digital Privacy. Jennifer Valentino Devries, The New York Times
  • Interfaith Organizing and Action. Frank Fredericks, WorldFaith

Washington, D.C.

  • Perspectives in Human Rights. Bama Athreya, Brookings Institution
  • Youth & Global Health. Nicole Gill, Advocates for Youth
  • Conversation with Ambassador Liberata Mulamula. Ambassador Liberata Mulamula, Former Tanzanian Ambassador to the US
  • Protecting and Promoting Human Rights: Women’s and indigenous Rights. Fadimata Walet Inorene, Save the Children and Grace Fernandes, STAND Now
  • Embassy of Cameroon
  • Nuclear Security. Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins, Brookings Institution
  • Access to Education. Jennifer Rigg, Executive Director, Global Campaign for Education
  • The United Nations and Sustainable Development Goals. Taylor Gates, UN Foundation and Anna Mahalak, Youth Engagement Manager, United Nations
  • Understanding the World Bank. Nadia Merdassi, Program Officer, World Bank
  • Embassy of Belgium
  • Immigration and Refugees. Josh Utter, Jesuit Refugee Services
  • Global Poverty and Inequality. Ken Patterson, RESULTS JRS
  • Climate Change. Tan Copsey, Climate Nexus
  • Careers in International Affairs Panel I. Mo Alem, Young Invincibles, Parul Agarwal, World Bank and Briana Suarez, APSIA
  • Careers in International Affairs Panel II. Brionne Dawson, US Chamber of Commerce, Mariya Ilyas, US Department of State, Gordon Wong, ONE Campaign and Briana Suarez, APSIA
  • Climate & Security. Neil Bhatiya, Center for a New American Security
  • International Development in Africa. Kwaku Nuamah, American University
  • Global Poverty and US Foreign Assistance. Gordon Wong, ONE Campaign
  • Visit to the US Department of State. Deborah Schneider and Jasmine White Gibson, US Department of State
  • Global Security. Greg Gershuny, Energy and Environment Program, Aspen Institute, David Forscey, Cyber and Technology Program, Aspen Institute and Jonathan Price, Aspen Strategy Group, Aspen Institute
  • Supporting Children and Ending Hunger. Rachel Merker, First Focus
  • Embassy of Colombia
  • Embassy of Niger. Ambassador Abdallah Wafy, Embassy of Niger
  • Mexican Cultural Institute. Sebastian Corrales, Public Relations Officer, Embassy of Mexico
  • Frederick Douglass House

Meet our program directors, Vanessa and Karen

Contact us to learn more: call 202.709.6172 or email GlobalScholar@AMPGlobalYouth.org.