International Relations Office
Programs & Services

Get Involved!

Throughout the year, San Antonio showcases its diverse community by hosting several international events. With a variety of local organizations ranging from cultural and ethnic societies to internationally-focused social groups, there are a number of ways to get involved! The International Relations Office engages with our Sister Cities in many ways; however one of the most important methods is through engagement with our local community partners.

Please find below a selection of local groups and organizations that are devoted to international activities. Though many are not dedicated specifically to a Sister City relationship, these activities fall under the umbrella of these organizations’ missions. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list of internationally-focused organizations in San Antonio.

General Internationally-focused groups:

World Affairs Council of San Antonio (WACofSA)
Ms. Leslie Palmer, President
website | email

San Antonio Council for International Visitors (SACIV)
Ms. Cecilia Cross, Executive Director
website | email

UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures
Ms. Angelica Docog, Executive Director
website | email
 

San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Ms. Rebcca Q. Cedillo, Interim President & CEO
website | email

Alamo Asian American Chamber of Commerce
Mr. Sarit Kapur, President
website | email

Summer of Service (SOS) San Antonio
Mr. Amir Samandi
website | email
 


Sister Cities-related groups:

Monterrey, Guadalajara, Mexico City

There is no organization dedicated solely to promoting this sister city/friendship city relationship.  However, the following organization is an important community stakeholder we work with in relation to this city:

San Antonio Mexico Friendship Council (SAMFCO)
Ms. Frances Schultshik, President
website | email
 

Bexar County Medical Society
Ms. Melody Newsom, Chief Operating Officer
website | email
 

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Santa Cruz de Tenerife

There is no organization dedicated solely to promoting this sister city/friendship city relationship.  However, the following organization is an important community stakeholder we work with in relation to this city:

Canary Islands Descendants Association of San Antonio (CIDA)
Ms. Mari Tamez, President
website | email
 

Gwangju, Korea

There is no organization dedicated solely to promoting this sister city/friendship city relationship.  However, the following organization is an important community stakeholder we work with in relation to this city:

Korean-American Cultural Center of San Antonio
Dr. Deukhee Gong, Director
website | email
 

Korean American Association of San Antonio (KAASA)
(210) 590-7555


 

Kaohsiung, Taiwan

There is no organization dedicated solely to promoting this sister city/friendship city relationship.  However, the following organization is an important community stakeholder we work with in relation to this city:

Taiwanese Association of San Antonio
website | email
 

Kumamoto, Japan

Japan-America Society of San Antonio (JASSA)
Mr. Nobuaki Yokoo, President
website | email
 

Bexar County Medical Society (Sister Medical Society with Kumamoto)
Ms. Melody Newsom, Chief Operating Officer
website | email

Chennai, India

AnujaSA (Chennai-San Antonio Sister City organization)
(Information about the annual Diwali festival also available)
Ms. Kausi Subramaniam, President
website | email
 

Bexar County Medical Society (Sister Medical Society with Chennai)
Ms. Melody Newsom, Chief Operating Officer
website | email
 

Wuxi, China | Suzhou, China

There is no organization dedicated solely to promoting this sister city/friendship city relationship.  However, the following organization is an important community stakeholder we work with in relation to this city:


San Antonio Chinese Alliance
Ms. Nancy Du, Membership Director
website | email

 

The Greater San Antonio Chinese
Chamber of Commerce
Ms. Yen Yan, President
website | email
Windhoek, Namibia

There is no organization dedicated solely to promoting this sister city/friendship city relationship.  However, the following organization is an important community stakeholder we work with in relation to this city:

Mr. Bob Braubach, Honorary Consul of Namibia in San Antonio
email
 

Darmstadt, Germany

There is no organization dedicated solely to promoting this sister city/friendship city relationship.  However, the following organization is an important community stakeholder we work with in relation to this city:

Beethoven Maennerchor
Mr. Claus Heide, President
website | email
 

Tel Aviv, Israel

There is no organization dedicated solely to promoting this sister city/friendship city relationship.  However, the following organization is an important community stakeholder we work with in relation to this city:

Jewish Federation of San Antonio
Ms. Ronit Sherwin, President
website | email
 





Flag Loan Program

The flag loan program is one of the many services that the International Relations Office offers to the community. The flag roster includes 37 flags from all over the world, as well as important domestic flags, including the US, Texas and San Antonio flags. Our flag inventory goes all over the city for various community, educational and business events where protocol is observed. If you need to make use of the flags please give us a call at 210-207-8100 and make a reservation. Upon receiving them, you will be asked to sign a form that will enumerate those which you have borrowed, as well as identify an appropriate return date. The International Relations Office also accepts flag contributions, so if you have flags that you wish to make available for public use, bring them by. The flags are here and waiting, what event will you use them for?

Check out our Flag Roster (PDF).

Protocol Services

The International Relations Office is THE resource for all your protocol inquiries. Whether you have a question regarding an obscure formality or want to know generally about a culture or region we can help. The International Relations Office has standard protocol presentations on file for citizens making ready to depart for a foreign country. Traveling to Japan? China? Saudi Arabia? Mexico? We can help you prepare for a successful business meeting abroad.

More information can be found at the links listed below:



Discover Diplomacy

CIA World Factbook

Protocol Officers Association

Office of the Chief of Protocol – U.S. Department of State 

Order of Precedence for U.S. Government  

Diplomatic Corps Order of Precedence and Dates of Presentation of Credentials 

U.S. Passports Information

Passport Applications by City of San Antonio

International Travel

Internship Opportunities

Internship Opportunity at the International Relations Office

The International Relations Office welcomes students to apply for internships. These selective internships will provide successful candidates with a valuable insight into the world of diplomacy and protocol. The internships are unpaid but may count as college credit depending on pre-approval. Eligibility will be determined by the student's college or university.

Eligibility:

Applicants Must:

  • Be currently enrolled in an institution of higher learning under programs related to International Relations/Studies and on their Junior or Senior year
  • Maintain an overall GPA of 3.5 or above
  • Have an interest and be enthusiastic in the field of International Relations
  • Possess a willingness to learn, display a positive attitude and be highly motivated
  • Commit to either one or two consecutive terms of internship

Application Process

Applicants Must:

  1. Submit an email/letter of interest to Ms. Martha Henry, International Special Projects Manager. Please also include the following:
    • A recommendation from your university, preferably the department chair or dean.
    • CV or Resume with professional/work/educational experience.
    • Number of hours per week/semester available.
  2. Complete a competitive interview process before beginning internship.

Please note that there is a specific selection process involved and not all applicants will be selected.

Other Related Internship Opportunities

Many San Antonio college students have asked about internships with an international or political science focus. Below we have compiled a list of possible internships organized by local, state, and federal level.

Alamo Asian American Chamber of Commerce

Ambassador Program, City of San Antonio (paid)

  • Ambassador Summer Internship Program.
  • Summer internship through City of San Antonio, Department of Human Services
  • San Antonio high school graduate or permanent resident of San Antonio
  • Complete at least one full year of college
  • 2.5 GPA
  • (special consideration for applicants attending school out-of-town or out-of-state)
  • 210.207.2507

City of San Antonio, all departments

  • Career Center
  • application can be found on website
  • Applicant must have completed first year of program of study
  • Must be able to commit to 12 weeks in spring or fall and 8 in summer
  • paid and unpaid internships available


Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

San Antonio Chamber of Commerce

San Antonio Council for International Visitors

World Affairs Council (unpaid)

  • World Affairs Council Opportunities
  • 3 month commitment 12-15 hours a week (6-9 months preferred)
  • Must have an interest in world affairs, be fluent in written and conversational English, and possess experience with Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Publisher, Outlook, Powerpoint)
  • fall, winter, spring, summer
  • application on website

Office of the Governor (unpaid)

TX State House (unpaid)

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