The ASU Ambassador-in-Residence provides international affairs support across the full range of ASU enterprises, starting and ending with our students. Ambassador Polt is available for monthly student career counseling sessions, teaches masterclasses in diplomatic skills and key foreign affairs subjects, and supports ASU global outreach initiatives. As a founding member of the LDNS Lab, the Ambassador answers questions on international affairs and U.S. foreign policy through the “Ask an Ambassador” portal on the Lab website.

Request an online consultation with Ambassador Polt.

Michael C. Polt

ASU's 1st ambassador-in-residence talks about new role, shares advice for students considering foreign affairs

In May 1968, 14-year-old Michael Polt arrived at New York Harbor via passenger ship after emigrating from Austria with his mother, sister and stepfather. Shortly thereafter, he developed a passion for America, leading to a lifetime career in U.S. international affairs and diplomacy...More on ASU News.

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ASU Ambassador-in-Residence Office Hours

Please join Ambassador Michael C. Polt for monthly office hours to discuss U.S. foreign policy and diplomatic and international affairs careers. Spring 2022 office hours will be held 12-1pm AZ MST on the following dates:

January 12, 2022 

February 10, 2022 

March 3, 2022

April 7, 2022

May 5, 2022

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ASU Washington Diplomatic Roundtable

The ASU Washington Diplomatic Roundtable, hosted by the University’s Ambassador-in-Residence, meets quarterly at the Barrett and O’Connor Center in Washington D.C. to engage the international and U.S. foreign affairs communities ASU’s global initiatives and programs designed to make a positive social, economic and cultural impact around the world.

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International Career Preparation and Advancement

  • Career mentorship, outreach, and support for students
  • Masterclasses: Diplomatic Skills for Everyone (Will launch Summer 2021)
    • Note Taking
    • Analytical Thinking
    • Professional Memoranda
    • White Papers/Non-Papers
    • Professional relationships & Networking
    • Intro to Negotiating
    • Diversity and Inclusion
    • Protocol
    • Public Diplomacy
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Global Literacy Masterclasses

  • Understanding America to Represent America
  • The U.S. and the World
  • International Trade and the American Worker
  • Migration, Borders, and Our Homeland
  • Diplomacy, Development, and Defense 
  • Climate Change, Global Issues, and American Jobs
  • Good Governance, Democracy, and Capitalism
  • U.S. Ambassador Training Simulation Experience

Future Projects

  • Supporting the Redesign of U.S. Foreign Service
  • ASU and the State Department Foreign Service Institute
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ASU Global Programs Support

  • International Affairs Support to ASU Global Programs