Unique diplomacy immersion program (UN Boot Camp)

The Humpty Dumpty Institute’s “UN Boot Camp” is a unique diplomacy immersion program.

Now, in its fourth edition, the annual program has attracted diverse scholars from universities around the world. At the end of this intense week of study and reflection, participants walk away with deeper understanding of global issues and a greater network of lifelong friends.

The UN Boot Camp consists of a series of seminars and lectures led by UN officials, diplomats, and a wide range of leaders and experts from academia, civil society, government and the private sector currently working with the UN to address global challenges.  Participants will meet, study and interact with students from all over the world. Past Boot Camp participants came from Brazil, Ethiopia, Australia, China, Turkey, Sudan, Pakistan, Guyana, Vietnam and the United States. Together, this “global study group” will attend briefings at UN Headquarters, the United States Mission to the UN, and several leading non-governmental organizations in New York. Students will also spend two days of the program in Washington, DC, where they will meet with key decision-makers and other senior officials from the Department of State, Congressional Staff, the United Nations Information Center and representatives of various, non-governmental organizations, and think tanks which interact with the UN system.

Participants will focus on key topics on broad themes which include: How the United Nations System works; UN and Security Council Reform; The Sustainable Development Goals; Humanitarian Intervention; Human Rights, Peace and Security; Refugees and Migration; Food Security; Counter Terrorism; Gender Equality; International Public Health; Wildlife Conservation; Peacebuilding and Peacekeeping; and Inclusion of Civil Society; Governance; and Legislative Participation in Foreign Policy.

A typical day during the United Nations Boot Camp may include:

• Briefings and discussions with UN officials.
• Meetings with other international and foreign policy organizations.
• Assignments and course work as outlined by the member college or university.

The UN Boot Camp is limited to 25 students on a first-come, first-serve basis. Some schools may offer course credit.

By Patrick Chidsey
Patrick Chidsey Associate Director & Career Counselor