The Cox-State Department Diplomacy Seminar

The Cox-State Department Diplomacy Seminar


The U.S. Department of State leads America’s foreign policy through diplomacy, advocacy, and assistance by advancing the interests of the American people, their safety, and economic prosperity. The Department actively seeks to recruit and hire American citizens with diverse educational and cultural backgrounds, perspectives, and problem-solving skills in many fields, including medicine, IT, engineering, law enforcement, and international relations. Careers at the U.S. Department of State are intellectually challenging and rewarding. For employees serving overseas, benefits include housing and educational benefits for your children. All employees receive other benefits such as health care and a pension.

The Cox-State Department Diplomacy Seminar is a fully-funded professional exploration program to be held virtually, October 18-22, 2020. The program is designed to allow current undergraduate students to gain a better understanding of the role of the Foreign Service in advancing diplomacy and to learn about the educational, internship and career opportunities in the Foreign Service and Civil Service at the U.S. Department of State. The Seminar will also highlight the work of U.S. Foreign Service Officers, whose job is to promote peace, support prosperity, and protect American citizens while advancing the interests of the U.S. abroad. Participants will expand their knowledge of diplomatic careers through workshops and interactions with international affairs experts and Foreign Service Officers at the U.S. Department of State and other Federal agencies.

Upon completion of the program, students will be asked to serve as a Student Ambassador for the remainder of the academic year and engage in at least two activities that promote career opportunities available at the Department.

Applicants are not required to major in International Relations or Global Studies in order to be eligible for the Cox-State Department Diplomacy Seminar, but they should demonstrate an interest in pursuing a career in public service with an international focus. The U.S. Department of State hires individuals from diverse educational fields, and the Seminar encourages applicants from all fields, including STEM.

The Cox-State Department Diplomacy Seminar was developed in partnership with the U.S. Department of State, the Una Chapman Cox Foundation, with 40 years of dedication to a strong, professional Foreign Service, and the Close-up Foundation, with 40 years of experience bringing students and teachers to Washington, D.C. and fostering civic engagement.


Applicants must:

 Be a U.S. Citizen

 Be 18 years of age or older by October 18, 2020 and must be enrolled in an undergraduate program, or demonstrate intent to return within one year if not currently enrolled

 Have an established grade point average of 3.2 or above

 Be able to participate in all aspects of the program for the full duration of the virtual program.

Please note: The Cox-State Department Diplomacy Seminar encourages applications from students from groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service.


The Cox Foundation will cover tuition for all program participants.


The Program will be held virtually, October 18-22, 2020

 Applications will open on August 3, 2020

 Applications are due by 11:59pm PST, August 26, 2020

 All applicants will be notified of the decision by September 18, 2020

Once accepted into the program, participants are responsible for confirming their attendance and registering with CloseUp.


The application can be found at

Please note: The first 300 fully eligible applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.


For questions about the program, please contact us at


The U.S. Department of State provides reasonable accommodations to applicants or participants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or participation in the program, please notify Deborah Faltz at (240) 472-3069 or

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