The Foreign Policy Leadership Development Program (FPLDP) is the Society’s premiere program for students and early-career professionals interested in U.S. foreign policy. Over five weeks, participants will:

  • Learn about strategy and key issues facing U.S. foreign policy from experts at the top of the field
    • Speakers include John Mearsheimer, Patrick Porter, Eugene Gholz, Rosemary Kelanic, and more.
  • Hone their skills at writing by producing and pitching an op-ed on an important national security issue of their choice with guidance from seasoned communications and editing professionals
  • Gain insight into different career paths in the foreign policy field through contact with an array of professionals
  • Receive training on effective leadership on campus and beyond
  • Network with peers across the country
  • Upon successful completion of the program requirements, receive a credential they can list on their resume or LinkedIn profile

Participants will attend two remote sessions of 60-90 minutes each per week, plus readings assigned by our speakers for their sessions. They will also be accountable for writing a short essay for publication. The FPLDP will run from June 16 to July 16, 2020. Sessions will be on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7pm ET. Applications are due no later than June 3, but we will be reviewing applications as they come in, so apply early if you can.

This program is open both to current undergraduate and graduate students and to early-career professionals; participants will be placed in either a student or professional cohort, and these cohorts will receive content tailored to their needs. If you applied to our 2020 summer conference, your application will be reviewed for this program and you do not need to apply again.

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