About the Diplomacy Seminar

The Cox-State Department Diplomacy Seminar is a competitive, fully funded professional exploration program for undergraduate students from groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service who want to gain a better understanding of the role of diplomats in promoting diplomacy and to learn about the educational, internship, and career opportunities in the Foreign Service and Civil Service at the Department of State. The seminar promotes professional development through doing, offering participants the opportunity to learn about the Department through direct engagement with distinguished ambassadors, Foreign Service Officers, and Department employees. Click for more information about our 2018 and 2019 seminars and stay up-to-date: Follow us on Instagram @CoxStateDipSem

Professional Development Benefits

  • Learn how the Department leads America’s foreign policy through diplomacy, advocacy, and assistance by advancing the interests of the American people, their safety, and economic prosperity
  • Personally engage with Foreign Service Officers and others in international facing careers
  • Learn about the education and career opportunities available through the Department of State
  • Discuss career goals and strategies
  • Build your resume by sharing knowledge and opportunities with your peers as a Student Ambassador


Applicants must: 

  • Be a U.S. citizen, 
  • Be 18 years of age or older by October 18, 2020,
  • 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, and 
  • Be able to participate in all aspects of the program for the full duration of the program. 

Students of ALL MAJORS are welcome to apply! 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 international relations, medicine, IT, engineering, law enforcement, and foreign languages. Applicants should demonstrate an interest in global citizenry and public service.


The Cox Foundation will cover tuition for all program participants. 

How to apply

Important Dates

The Program will be held virtually from 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


The application consists of:

  • Biographic information
  • 250-500 word essay describing what motivates you to apply to the Seminar
  • Unofficial university transcript

QUESTIONS? Contact us at diplomacyseminar@CloseUp.org REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION: The U.S. Department of State provides reasonable accommodations to applicants and 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 faltzda@state.gov.

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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 CloseUp Foundation, with 40 years of experience bringing students and teachers to Washington, D.C. and fostering civic engagement.