Global Ambassadors


2021-2022 Global Ambassadors

Global Ambassadors is a professional development program offering mentoring, extracurricular and international experiential learning designed for students interested in careers with internationally service organizations, including the civil service and Foreign Service. This program creates opportunities for interactions between the students and foreign service officers, civil servants, and distinguished professionals in internationally-oriented organizations working on global challenges.

Throughout the year, students learn about foreign policy, foreign service, and its challenges and opportunities. They participate in advising, mentoring, and discussion sessions, interact with former and current foreign service officers. The program is directed by Dr. Max Kovalov, the Bennett Director of the Mroz Global Leadership Institute.


  • Up to 8 students will be selected for the duration of the program, which will run for two semesters (typically fall and spring). Students may apply after their first two semesters on campus, but some preference will be given to students who will be a Global Ambassador in their third or fourth year at the College. Participants will not be restricted by major.
  • For consideration for the program, students should submit:
    • a resume;
    • a personal statement describing their achievements to date at the College, as well as interest in the program and goals for participation (1-2 pages);
    • 2 references from CofC faculty.
    • Unofficial transcript. Students must have at minimum an overall GPA of 3.25.
    • Student Application Form (this form is submitted by students)

    • Faculty Reference Form (this form is submitted by faculty members)


  • Fall semester – each Wednesday, 5pm-6pm. Regular meetings during the first semester of the program. We will learn about foreign service, the work done by foreign service officers. We will have discussion sessions about global challenges and learn how to present information in a concise and systematic way. We will also interact with guest speakers – current and former foreign service officers and international leaders. Students will enroll in an independent study or experiential learning (1 credit hour) in International Studies.
  • Spring semester. We will continue having weekly meetings and discussions about global challenges. Students will enroll with the approval of the Director in an independent study or experiential learning (2 credit hours) in International Studies.
  • During Spring Break students will travel with the Director to Washington DC where they will participate in special programming, such as visits to think-tanks, NGOs, and service organizations and State Department.  This trip will be paid for by the program, provided satisfactory performance in the program.
  • Throughout the year, Global Ambassadors will attend lectures and events organized by the the Mroz Institute, such as the Mroz Institute World Affairs Colloquium Series.
  • Global Ambassadors will receive a complementary membership in the World Affairs Council of Charleston (WACC) and will attend monthly meetings for guest talks and discussions. See the list of previous programs organized by the WACC:

Application Deadline: April 15, 2022

Dr. Kovalov, Instructor of International Studies,
Bennett Director of the Mroz Global Leadership Institute