A group of 40-50 youth waving at camera

At a glance

Current status:

Applications open:
2 October 2023

Applications due:
20 October 2023

Eligibility & requirements


Youth Ambassador Program

Do you want to:
✓ make a big impact on Internet governance in your community?
✓ receive training and connect with a network of key influencers in the Internet governance sphere?
✓ attend a key Internet event?
✓ gain access to a platform where you can raise your voice on Internet issues that matter to you?
✓ influence policies that defend the Internet?

Become an Internet Society’s Youth Ambassador!

Each year, the Internet Society chooses fifteen young, passionate people to participate in our Youth Ambassador Program, equipping the next generation of Internet leaders to collaborate and innovate for a better world.

Why Apply?

This program brings the opportunity to:

  • Attend a significant Internet event especially selected for you according to your preferences, profile, and location.
  • Deepen your subject expertise through specific Internet governance online training.
  • Broaden your advocacy, communications, project management, and leadership skills.
  • Engage and collaborate with key Internet stakeholders from around the world.
  • Be mentored by key Internet leaders and experts.
  • Develop the skills and connections needed to make more of an impact in your local community (and beyond!)

Am I Eligible?

All applicants must:

  • Be between the ages of 18-30 at the date of the submitted application
  • Have a high level of reading, speaking and writing skills in English
  • Be comfortable with public speaking and communicating positions
  • Have continuous access to the Internet during all the phases of the program as well as the appropriate equipment
  • Be able to dedicate a minimum of 4 hours per week during the full program duration
  • Have the availability to take part in weekly meetings and webinars, usually between 11h and 16h UTC
  • Be able to travel and hold a valid passport
  • Not have been previously selected as an Internet Society’s IGF Ambassador, IGF Youth Ambassador, Youth@IGF Fellow, or Youth Ambassador

What’s the Selection Process?

There is an annual selection process, with applications for the each intake opening in October. There are two phases to the selection process.

1. Online Application

A selection committee evaluates the best submissions to select the Youth Ambassadors. The selection committee, composed of Internet Society staff, alumni and Chapter/Special Interest Group/Standing Group leaders, attempts to achieve professional, geographical, and gender diversity in the overall selections.

2. Online Internet Governance Course

The highest scoring applicants take an online course on Internet Governance. All participants will be divided into three classes, each with a dedicated tutor to facilitate the learning process.

The 15 top-rated students are chosen for this program.

The Program

As a Youth Ambassador, you are equipped with knowledge and skills to influence policies that defend the Internet while innovating for a better world.

You will also have the opportunity to attend an event especially selected for you according to your preferences, profile, and location.

Find out what you will learn.


2 October 2023

Online application submissions open

20 October 2023

Application submissions close

Mid-January 2024

Final selection and program kick-off

Meet Our Ambassadors

Meet the young changemakers who make up the 2024, 2023, 2022, 2021, 2020, and 2019 cohorts of our program.

The voice of youth matters and the Internet Society plays a significant role [in empowering] the next generation of Internet leaders, [providing] them with the freedom to [put their] voice out [there].”
Having people at eye level makes an enormous difference in softening the intimidation someone in their early career stages might feel by sharing thoughts and asking questions with more experienced professionals.”
We cannot shape the Internet’s future without Youth’s voices – let’s open the doors and let them in! Youth are a vital force to get an open, globally-connected, secure, and trustworthy Internet for everyone.”

2024 Program Sponsor

Google logo

2024 Program In-kind Sponsors

youth coalition on internet governance logo
YIGF logo
Youth observatory logo

If you would like to support the program through sponsorship, please get in touch with us at [email protected] to discuss how.