The New Orleans Citizen Diplomacy Council's work is based upon the concept of citizen diplomacy, the idea that, in a vibrant democracy, the individual citizen has the right--even the responsibility--to help shape foreign relations "one handshake at a time."
In becoming a member of the council, you'll have opportunities throughout the year to meet one-on-one with visitors from all over the world who want to know more about Louisiana and its culture. In addition to the (members-only) receptions for distinguished guests throughout the year, members have the chance to invite visitors into their own homes to share a meal together. Members practice citizen diplomacy at its most fundamental -- and rewarding -- level.
In practical terms, citizen diplomats are professionals, families, students, interns, and travelers who make an impact by reaching out to individuals from other countries to build bridges of mutual understanding. The New Orleans Citizen Diplomacy Council is a nonprofit organization that offers ordinary New Orleanians and Louisianians the opportunity to be citizen diplomats. Read on to learn how you can be involved as a citizen diplomat.
NOCDC offers internships to undergraduate and graduate students majoring in International Relations, Political Science, Non-Profit Management, or related fields. Interns work in the office at least 2-3 days per week. A one-semester commitment is preferred. College credit may be arranged in coordination with the appropriate department head. Learn more about becoming an intern.
NOCDC's professional resources, are local professionals-- NGO leaders, entrepreneurs, educators, government officials, and more-- who take time out of their day to meet with international visitors whose program themes correspond with their work. We could not continue our work without the hundreds of people who volunteer their time each year.
In recognition of the time that local professionals have dedicated to our visitors, NOCDC awards the Outstanding Citizen Diplomat Awards each year. Congratulations to our 2015 Outstanding Citizen Diplomats, the Bureau of Governmental Research, the Office of the Independent Police Monitor, and the New Orleans Business Alliance.
Learn more about our upcoming visitors and how you can get involved.