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2018 McDonald Cadet Leadership Conference 

Blogged by Timothy Collins on 15/11/2017.

The University of Oxford is looking for one Oxford University undergraduate student to participate in the 2018 McDonald Cadet Leadership Conference (MCLC), which provides undergraduate participants with a unique leadership experience.  The McDonald Conference for Leaders of Character invites renowned speakers and analytical, visionary student-leaders from the international community and across the United States. The conference will unite emerging global leaders with preeminent world leaders in a partnership struggling with the most pressing issues worldwide.

The conference was made possible by a generous endowment from Robert and Diane McDonald. Op-eds were published in the New York Times from each student group from the 2015 cohort.

The 6th Annual McDonald Conference for Leaders of Character will be held from 21 March-25 March 2018 in the grounds of the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, USA. Participants will form small teams mentored by a world-class leader during the conference. The MCLC sets the foundation for relationships to continue for years after the conference concludes.

This year the MCLC theme is: Making Ripples: Character, Ideas, and Teams


Top undergraduate student leaders from diverse backgrounds are to participate in a team-based, experiential and analytical exercise that bolsters leadership skills, fosters critical thinking and collaboration, and develops potential strategies for addressing pressing global issues.

Participants will also form a cohort held together by the West Point Leadership Center and its Facebook page. This will facilitate continued interaction with their cohort as participants graduate and assume leadership roles in the world. The MCLC will present an intensive leadership development experience crafted by the faculty of the world’s premier leader development institution, the United States Military Academy at West Point. Guided by meaningful pre-work before the conference, intense one-on-one development with Academy faculty, small group interaction, and mentoring with their world-class leader, undergraduate participants will emerge better prepared to excel as leaders at their institutions and in the world. Panel discussions will provide analysis and insight into the global topic areas and issues.

The McDonald Cadet Leadership Conference will pay for an airfare to and from the conference, as well as accommodation, transportation and meals during the conference for the selected candidate.


Positions at the 2018 McDonald Cadet Leadership Conference are for 2nd, 3rd or 4th year undergraduate students only.

You must:

  • be a current student at the time of the conference (March 2018)
  • have demonstrated excellent leadership and service
  • be able to show your contribution to college/University and community through work, volunteer efforts, and student organisation involvement
  • have a strong academic record

**You do not have to have any military experience

Application process

To apply please send a one page CV and one page personal statement to timothy.collins@careers.ox.ac.uk with “McDonald Cadet Leadership Conference” as the subject.

Application deadline is 17 November 2017 at 15.00. Shortlisted candidates will be informed on 21 November 2017.  Interviews will be held at the Careers Service, 56 Banbury Road, Oxford, on the morning of 23 November 2017.

When writing your personal statement, be mindful of addressing:

  • Why you are applying for the 2018 MCLC
  • What about your experience makes you a good candidate for the MCLC
  • Include relevant examples of leadership

If you have any questions, please email timothy.collins@careers.ox.ac.uk.