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News | April 1, 2021

Volunteers Needed

Sponsors for NDU International Fellows Program Needed:  The International Student Management Office of the National Defense University, located on historic Fort McNair, is looking for potential volunteers amongst the DC community to participate in the NDU Community Sponsorship Program.  Annually, over 100 Senior Officers from over 70 different countries attend the National Defense University to obtain their Master's Degree from the National War College, the Eisenhower School, the College of Information and Cyberspace, and the Center for International Security Affairs. Throughout the academic year, International Fellows will learn about International Peace and Security, U.S. government institutions, political processes, and the judicial and free market systems. They will also learn about diversity in American life, its society and culture, our neighborhoods, and families; and much of that learning occurs through the relationships built via the International Fellows Community Sponsorship Program. Officers attending NDU will arrive on 19 June.

For over 30 years the Sponsorship Program has been helping foreign military officers adjust to and enjoy their time in the United States. Being a sponsor is not designed to be an interruption of but rather an integration into your normal schedule; you are not expected to set up special functions for your international guest but rather include to officer in those things that you and your family do ordinarily. Being a sponsor is not a monetary commitment, you are not providing the officer with financial support or housing, but instead provide cultural support and friendship. Sponsors are also invited to certain events hosted at NDU throughout the year.                       

Those who decide to participate in the Sponsorship Program play an invaluable role for the International Fellows, sharing first hand their knowledge of American culture-and in return- making new friends and learning new things about the world we live in. This is truly a special opportunity to participate in a vital American foreign policy initiative.

If you would like to learn more about this opportunity, please feel free to contact Laura Garvie at laura.m.garvie.civ@ndu.edu or 202-685-0594. For more insight into the role of a sponsor please check out the program's website at https://ismo.ndu.edu/Incoming-Students/ISMO-Courses-Programs/Sponsor-Program