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Global Scholar | International Relations Summer Program for High School Students

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.

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 good sense of how they can have an impact on issues they care about, and launched their careers with a firm sense of purpose and strong set of skills to succeed.

2019 American University Dates:
Session 1: June 30 – July 12, 2019. Grades 11-12
Session 2: June 30 – July 12, 2019. Grades 9-10
Session 3: July 14 – July 26, 2019. Grades 11-12
Session 4: July 14 – July 21, 2019. Grades 9-10
* Sessions are for students entering these grades (or equivalent) in fall 2019.

About Global Scholar

Founded in 2006, AMP Global Youth created Global Scholar as an immersive global leadership program for young achievers eager to build a more just and sustainable world. Based at American University in Washington, D.C., this small, selective program informs and empowers young global leaders – right in the city where policy gets made.

Global Scholar is a program of AMP Global Youth, which was founded in 2002 by students at Yale with the goal of helping students explore the US role in the world following 9/11.


The Global Scholar Approach

Global Scholar offers a unique curriculum that combines intimate policy seminars and panels from foreign policy experts with our carefully curated hands-on training workshops. This gives Global Scholars the robust knowledge and marketable skills to become successful students, citizens, leaders, change makers, and professionals in our increasingly globalized world. Over the course of two weeks, Global Scholars participate in:

  • Policy Seminars led by experts working on key global challenges. Past seminars have included: “Promoting Human Rights, and the Development of Women and Girls Worldwide” and “The Global Financial System: the Role of Corporations, Banks, Donors, and the International Financial Institutions”.
  • Expert panel discussions with/from foreign policy experts representing top government bodies and independent organizations. Past speakers have included the U.S. Department of State, the World Bank, the United Nations Foundation, the Brookings Institution, Oxfam America, the Aspen Institute, CARE, the Global Campaign for Education, and many more.
  • Training workshops that build powerful skills including public speaking, problem analysis, persuasive writing, strategic planning, team building, media literacy, diversity & inclusion, arts and activism, and more.
  • And so much more… Learn about a typical Day in the Life of Global Scholar and about the Global Scholar curriculum.

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AMP Global Youth has 15 years of experience empowering youth to understand and speak out about global issues. More than 100,000 students have participated in our various programs. Throughout the years, Global Scholar alumni have continued to engage with our rapidly growing network of global student leaders. You can read more about Global Scholar’s impact here. 

Apply to be a Global Scholar! Spots are limited and applications will only be accepted until the program is full. Tuition and scholarship information can be found here. Check out what our Global Scholar alumni have to say about Global Scholar in this short video!

We would like to extend our gratitude to recent Global Scholar partners and speakers:

Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins, Brookings Institute * Jim Riker, University of Maryland * Ambassador Hassana Alidou, Embassy of Niger *Naomie Pierre-Louis and Dr. Weibert C. Arthus, Minister Counselor, Embassy of Haiti * Embassy of Mexico  * Embassy of Burkina Faso * Donata Secondo and Chris Crawford, Democracy Fund * Giulia McPherson, Jesuit Refugee Services * Daniel Tutt, Unity Productions Foundation * Mac Hamilton, STAND * Andrew Slack, Imagine Better * Lily Mengesha, Jesuit Refugee Services * Jennifer Rigg, Global Campaign for Education * Patricia Langan, Save the Children * Tony Stephens, American Council for the Blind * Damiana Astudillo, Millennium Challenge Corporation * Rachael Leman, Care.org * Anna Mahalak, UN Association * Chitra Panjabi, SIECUS * Beverly Wheeler, DC Hunger Solutions * Jonathan Price, Aspen Institute * Lena Minchew, International Women’s Health Coalition/Girls Not Brides USA * Mark Bromley, Council for Global Equality * Sara Shirzad, Eurasia Foundation * Alexandra Toma, Peace and Security Funders Collaborative * Neil Bhatiya, Center for a New American Security * Patty Lovera, Food and Water Watch * Carmen Iezzi Mezzera and Enrique Sondakh-Dorantes, APSIA * Marques Anderson, Peace Corps * Scott Rechler, Director and CEO, Learn-Serve International * Tina Gaddy, Associate Director of Graduate Student Career Development, George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs * Jorhena Thomas, Principal, Wright Thomas International * David Fletcher, Director of Career Services, American University School of International Service * David Devlin-Foltz, the Aspen InstituteRachel Sims, National Democratic Institute

Meet our program directors, Vanessa and Karen!

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Contact us to learn more: call 202.709.6172 or email globalscholar@aidemocracy.org.