Membership FAQ: Pre-professional categories

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Pre-professional categories are for:

•  who are studying programs which include international relations  i.e. interdisciplinary programs with a foreign language component (for an academic, vocational or professional  qualification)

• students who are just starting their career  in the field of Public Diplomacy

volunteers who work  in the field of Public  Diplomacy

Eligibility Requirements (Criteria)

  • You must hold an undergraduate degree from an accredited university.

  • Have a minimum experience in public diplomacy or a related field such as international relations, public affairs, government relations, public relations, and communications, NGO-sector.

  • Fluency in spoken and written English/ Spanish is also a necessity for the program.

Why join?

When you join the Institut de diplomatie publique you become part of a global public diplomacy network that acts together by mobilising our collective knowledge, skills, expertise, influence and power.

Our overall goal is to strengthen civil society and citizen action to build a more just, inclusive and sustainable world.

Your initial thoughts on reading some of the information included on this website might be:

This is a professional association for professionals, and I’m not a ‘professional’ yet; or

I wouldn’t be a suitable person to apply; or

I won’t have anything in common with others I meet at networking or educational functions; or

I would have trouble meeting the professional requirements; and so on.

However, before you decide against applying, or exit from this website, we would like you to consider the following:

Everyone has to start somewhere, and even our very experienced Fellows who enjoy a great deal of responsibility in their workplace started in a similar place to where you might be right now, or joined the Institute along the way;

You will be valued by the Institute, wherever your career aspirations might lie and whatever your current role might be;

The Institute prides itself on being friendly and approachable, and you will be made welcome at any Institute function you attend;

You will find you have a great deal in common with others, whether it be your studies, career aspirations or achievements, or interests outside the profession;

Our pre-professional requirements are not as daunting as they might appear at first sight!

Why do you use the Pre-registration Form?

That way we can ensure you have selected the correct membership category.

The Membership Committee individually assesses each Application on its merits.

The first question which needs to be addressed is whether you are eligible to join the Institute, and then the membership Committee can consider the category of membership which is to be offered depending upon your experience and academic achievement. However, you can request that the Membership Committee consider you for a particular category of membership if you feel you satisfy most of the criteria, and/or advise you of the requirements you would need to satisfy for membership in the future.