Hansen Summer Institute for Leadership and International Cooperation

United States
Term: Summer

Build leadership skills and a better cultural understanding, alongside receiving hands-on training in team-building, public speaking, negotiation, mediation and working together to address global conflict

The Hansen Summer Institute on Leadership and International Cooperation is an exciting international program funded by a generous grant from the Fred J. Hansen Foundation. Ten three-week Institutes take place in San Diego, California in July. This program has provided a unique University-based leadership experience and program in international cooperation. American university students gather annually and join students from a variety of developing countries and regions of social strife to learn from experts and one another about conflict resolution and social entrepreneurship.

A primary goal of the program focuses on creating an international community of young scholars who will use their summer experience as a foundation for creating lasting friendships and acquiring common practical understanding of a more peaceful future. Fellows receive hands-on training in team-building, public speaking, negotiation, mediation and working together to solve international problems. Moreover, they learn to listen actively and to look for common interests and building realistic bridges of cooperation. Classroom training complements local excursions to San Diego attractions. Fellows meet and greet academic, political and business leaders to refine their own ideas and skills, while learning about the “American Way of Life.” Students leave San Diego with a “leadership toolbox” they can apply appropriately to their future challenges and endeavors. Participants have come from every corner of the globe, made life-long friendships and shaped their futures in a more positive direction.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Upper division undergraduate with 2 years of college/university or graduate student with a professional interest in international relations, diplomacy, international economic development or related fields.
  • Students must be between the ages of 20-25 on July 1 of the program year.
  • Successful applicants must demonstrate leadership potential by having worked outside of class in community service, another public service, or in a non-governmental organization. A letter of reference from such a group or organization is required.
  • All selected fellows must attend the entire program. Participants will not be allowed to arrive late or leave early.
  • Deadlines differ based on citizenship (US citizen, non-US citizen), check website for further information.

Fact Sheet

Arts and Architecture, Humanities, Social Sciences, STEM
Columbia Engineering, Columbia General Studies, Columbia Undergraduates, Fellowships, Junior, Not U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident, Senior, U.S. Citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident
Fellowship Type:
Experiential, Public Service
United States

Dates & Deadlines

Application Deadline: 
Sunday, March 15, 2020
Non-U.S. citizens apply by January 15, 2020; U.S. citizens by March 15, 2020.