International Career Advancement Program Opens for Mid-Career Professionals

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The Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver, and the Aspen Institute invite applications for the International Career Advancement Program (ICAP) for 2010. ICAP will bring together mid-career professionals from groups underrepresented in leadership positions in international affairs with senior officials, faculty and staff to spend one week in Aspen, Colorado from September 25-October 3, 2010 discussing:

•    Major international issues to be faced during the next decade;
•    The credentials and experiences normally sought for senior leadership positions;
•    The importance of diversity if US interests are to be served adequately;
•    Career issues or problems and how they can be addressed;
•    Obstacles faced by those seeking advancement and how to overcome them; and
•    Programs and policies designed to increase diversity at senior levels

The purpose of ICAP is to help bring higher quality and greater diversity to the staffing of senior management and policy-making positions in international careers in the US, both governmental and private. The aim is to assist highly promising mid-career professionals advance to more senior positions in international affairs. Those selected for the program pay for their own travel and must pay a $200 registration fee but their room, meals and program expenses in Aspen are provided by the program.

Applicants should:

  • Have a demonstrated commitment to increasing the quality and diversity of senior leadership in the US in international affairs;
  • Be US citizens or permanent residents;
  • Be professionals who have been or are now in international careers, with 3 to 15 years of working experience;
  • Have a demonstrated interest in a long-term career in international affairs;
  • Have credentials and achievements that indicate potential for the highest levels of leadership; and
  • Be committed to providing support for their peers and mentoring those junior to them

An application form can be downloaded from or requested from:

Professor Thomas Rowe, Director
International Career Advancement Program
Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver
2201 South Gaylord Street
Denver, Colorado 80208

Completed applications are due by May 10, 2010. 

Josef Korbel (born Josef Körbel 20 September 1909, Letohrad – 18 July 1977, Denver) if the name doesn’t ring a loud bell was a Czechoslovakian diplomat and U.S. educator, who is now best known as the father of former Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, and the teacher and mentor of SoS 66, Condoleezza Rice.  According to his Wikipedia entry, Korbel was granted political asylum in the United States in 1949. He was hired to teach international politics at the University of Denver, and became the founding Dean of the Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS).The school was renamed the Josef Korbel School of International Studies on May 28, 2008.