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University Programs

Educational Programs at CSIS

CSIS frequently hosts educational institutions and student groups at our D.C. headquarters. Programs can range from an informal visit and short introduction to the world of think tanks and CSIS’s contribution in generating global policy solutions to formal week-long programs incorporating intensive seminars and active learning where students put their ideas and global knowledge to the test.

Each year, CSIS hosts over 350 students and young professionals for information sessions, career forums, and immersive Foreign Policy and Leadership Seminars. Previous visitors include:

  • American University, School of International Service
  • Brooks High School
  • Carleton University
  • East Carolina University
  • Eastern Association of Colleges and Employers Road Show
  • EF International Language Center
  • Georgia Institute of Technology, Sam Nunn School of International Affairs
  • James Madison University
  • Syracuse University, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs
  • Michigan State University
  • Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey
  • Muhlenberg University
  • National Defense University
  • Pennsylvania State
  • Pennsylvania State University Economics Association
  • Rutgers University
  • Shippensburg University
  • Southeast Missouri State University
  • Stanford University, Center for International Security and Cooperation Honors College Program
  • Texas A&M, George Bush School of Government and Public Service
  • Tufts University, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
  • University of California, San Diego, School of Global Policy and Strategy
  • University of Denver, Josef Korbel School of International Studies
  • University of Iceland
  • University of Maine, Cohen Institute for Leadership & Public Service
  • University of Maryland, International Finance and Economics Society
  • Washington Area Model United Nations Conference
  • The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars
  • Washington University
  • Weiss School for Gifted Children
  • World Federation of United Nations Associations
  • Yale University
We value student engagement at CSIS and encourage you to reach out if your school or organization is interested in visiting CSIS for one of the following programs.

Foreign Policy and Leadership Seminars

The Abshire-Inamori Leadership Academy works closely with educational institutions to help foster the next generation of foreign policy thinkers and to give students the skills and knowledge necessary for career success in the global arena. Our Foreign Policy and Leadership Seminars are an action-based learning experience that enables students to develop a nuanced understanding of global trends and regional issues. Students learn real-world skills required for successful careers in foreign policy and walk away with a new sense of their leadership potential.

Our customizable approach ensures programs fit the context of each student group, and meets the academic objectives of the university. To ensure active engagement throughout the program, CSIS closely coordinates the agenda with associated faculty and assigns readings and background materials to the students. This transfers some content knowledge to students prior to their arrival, and empowers them to openly ask questions and debate issues throughout the seminar.

For a closer look at how students view these programs, listen to Southeast Missouri State University students share the highlights of their experience participating in a four-day Foreign Policy and Leadership Seminar in the nation’s capital.

Partnership with the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University

CSIS enjoys a unique partnership with the Maxwell School that focuses on developing joint programs and initiatives. The Maxwell School is renowned for being the oldest public affairs school in the country and for its top-ranked graduate program in public affairs. The partnership enables CSIS and the Maxwell School to leverage their respective academic and policy expertise and promotes joint efforts to conduct research, offer educational courses, build executive education programs, and hold conferences on key public affairs and global issues. Additionally, Maxwell staff, visiting faculty, undergraduate and graduate students are centrally located in the heart of the policymaking world. Embedded within the CSIS headquarters, students can complete part of their studies in Washington, D.C. – a critical opportunity for those who are interested in understanding the policy process and completing internships. The partnership not only allows for collaboration between institutional leadership and scholars, but also provides CSIS young professionals and Maxwell School students with the opportunity to share their knowledge and expand their networks with each other.


For more information, please contact Nahmyo Thomas, Vice President and Director of Executive Education, at

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