Our recruitment programs attract those who will sustain a high quality, representative Foreign Service. Our projects support the State Department’s commitment to diversity, examine the use of internships as a recruitment tool, help build a pipeline of talent that can meet the Department’s current and future needs, and provide prospective FSOs with insights on Foreign Service life.
Our public awareness programs educate the U.S. public about the vital role of the Foreign Service and build support for a globally competitive U.S. diplomacy. As Ambassador and then-Cox Foundation Executive Director Diego C. Asencio explained to The New York Times in 1986: “We want to develop a popular and political constituency. Our basic feeling is that if you get beyond the city limits of D.C. and New York, no one really knows what the Foreign Service is, what it does, what the problems are.”
Our professional development projects seek to enhance retention by providing in-service training and enhancing quality of life for Foreign Service personnel and their dependents. The Foundation partners with the Director General of the Foreign Service and the Foreign Service Institute in implementing these programs.
The Sabbatical Fellowships – the Foundation’s flagship program and Mrs. Cox’s original idea – are designed to allow promising Foreign Service Officers the opportunity to reconnect with America while undertaking exciting projects. As 2010-2011 Fellow Kelly Adams-Smith explains, the sabbatical year injected new energy into her career and allowed her to return to the Department of State with even greater appreciation and respect for its work.