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CSCD Youth Academy

CSCD Youth Academy

Fostering Global Citizenship and Diplomatic Skills with Ambassadors

Get Exclusive Access to the Front Row of Diplomacy

CSDC Youth Academy is an initiative affiliated with CSCD that offers students with a genuine interest in diplomacy and international affairs, a unique opportunity to gain first-hand insights into globally significant political issues. The Youth Academy offers incisive insights and unique networking opportunities to students concerned with global developments in business, science, technology, and politics.

Combining our significant connections with Danish businesses, the government and parliament, and the 67 embassies located in Denmark, we now after several successful years offer you the opportunity to take advantage of CSDC’s extensive network and experience in diplomacy, business, and research to further your knowledge within a wide range of global topics such as diplomacy, national security, and development policy.

As a member of CSCD Youth Academy, you:

  • Attend exclusive meetings with ambassadors, government officials, academic researchers and prominent politicians
  • Become part of a network of future leaders and change-makers as well as established diplomats and experts
  • Get a chance to positively impact your future career through an in-depth understanding of the international diplomacy arena
  • The opportunity to build an invaluable professional network before ending your studies

Have Tea with the Ambassador

Our purpose is to promote awareness of globally significant political issues and to foster a spirit of diplomatic dialogue and cultural exchange among impact-driven students and the 67 embassies that reside in the Kingdom of Denmark. “Have Tea with the Ambassador” is a rare concept where a selection of the world’s greatest and most influential embassies invites our selected students to visit the inside world of diplomacy. Through the Youth Academy, you will meet and greet 5 of the most interesting ambassadors in Denmark per semester. Giving you a unique chance, over a cup of tea, to practice your diplomatic skills in real-life settings and surroundings.

As a member of the CSCD Youth Academy, you get an unmatched opportunity to:

  • Access to the 67 embassies and the diplomatic community in Denmark
  • Practice your diplomatic skills
  • Learn how to use and harness the information and knowledge absorbed throughout program as data for academic writings, including the possibility to use it for your BA or MA thesis

Certificates

As a certified student with papers from CSCD, you will have the rare opportunity to engage on a one-to-one basis with diplomats and foreign affairs experts and participate in immersive events, including speaker events, workshops, and other exclusive networking opportunities for members of the Youth Academy. Distinguished guests will discuss international affairs and share their perspectives to inspire and cultivate a multifocal perspective that prepares future leaders for the challenges of an ever-globalizing society.

Participating students will receive certificates upon completion of the programs. The certificate will:

  • Highlight the skills attained by the students throughout their time at the Academy
  • Be signed by the involved ambassadors
  • Endorse the student as a member of the CSCD-community with free access to most of CSCD future events
  • Provide the student with a CSCD-pin, to wear as proof of finishing the diplomatic program and gain access to future events

Membership

Memberships of the CSCD Youth Academy are reserved for impact-driven students and young professionals with a genuine interest in international diplomacy and with potential aspirations of pursuing a career within international affairs at government or multilateral institutions. Members are primarily undergraduates and graduates from leading universities in Denmark concentrating in the fields of political science, public policy, law, and economics. Young professionals with interest and/or experience in those fields are also welcome to apply.

  • Membership is semester-based, rotating in alignment with the universities.
  • Membership is 500 DKK per semester, which covers catering and other direct costs during meetings with experts and five visits to embassies located in Copenhagen, the official certificate signed by the ambassadors involved, and an official CSCD-pin to wear as proof of completion and to gain access to workshops and future speaker events.

How to Apply

To apply for membership, you must write a 400-500 words long motivated application letter, explaining why you want to be accepted as a member and include:

  • The reason you want to become a member of the CSCD Youth Academy
  • Your education and/or employment, interests and experiences within the relevant fields for the Youth Academy
  • Your ambitions for your future career

Kindly click below and fill in the form to send your application.

*Application deadline for the current semester is February 28th, 2022, at 00.00.

We urge everyone; national Danes and international exchange students alike, to apply and look forward to receiving your application.

Appreciations and Partners

CSCD works closely with selected partners and we extend our deepest appreciation and thanks to all involved embassies, ambassadors, and partners that we have worked closely with during several successful events, including representatives from:

  • The Danish Parliament (Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, MP, Mr. Martin Lidegaard) / Folketinget
  • The Ministry of Foreign affairs (H.E. the Danish Arctic Ambassador Mr. Thomas Winkler) / Udenrigsministeriet, UM
  • The Danish Chamber of Commerce / Dansk Erhverv
  • Danish Shipping / Danske Rederier
  • Confederation of Danish Industry / Dansk Industri, DI

CSCD further looks forward to collaborating with CSCD Youth Academy, which represents highly talented students with an interest in diplomacy, international relations, foreign policy, security policy, etc, who are set out to be the future diplomats, decisions makers, politicians, stakeholders, and researchers.

These thousands of active students are respectively members of the following student organizations at universities in Denmark:

  • ID – International Debate (the biggest student association at @University of Copenhagen)
  • POLIS (POLitical science, It-management and Social sciences at @Aalborg University)
  • And other student organizations