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 in international service organizations, including the Foreign Service. This program creates meaningful interaction 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);
    • 2-3 references from 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. Regular meetings during the first semester of the program, including advising, mentoring, and discussion sessions with the Director and guest speakers. Students will enroll for an independent study or experiential learning (1 credit hour) in International Studies.
  • Spring semester. The second semester of the program will consist of consultations with the Director and an independent project on a global issue (e.g., written research; service learning; internship; performance). Students will enroll with the approval of the Director of their major department 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. The cohorts will also take in the sites in Washington DC. This trip will be paid for by the program, provided satisfactory ¬†performance in the program.
  • Guest presentations by and strategic interactions with experienced leaders in international service. Participants will attend lectures associated with the Mroz Institute World Affairs Colloquium and other programs with guest speakers.
  • Global Ambassadors will receive a complementary membership in the World Affairs Council of Charleston (WACC) and will attend monthly meetings with guest speakers. See the list of previous programs organized by the WACC:

Application Deadline: April 1, 2022

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