CPD Mini-Courses in Public Diplomacy

For over 16 years, the USC Center on Public Diplomacy has been the go-to program for public diplomats and international communication professionals looking to sharpen their skillsets and analytical capabilities essential for success in today’s complex environment.

Our training utilizes the latest social science research and cutting-edge communication tools in real-time public diplomacy challenges. It provides a setting for practitioners to re-examine and refine their skills in a group of peers and to build an international network of colleagues. Our workshops take a deep dive into some of the most critical issues in designing effective and sophisticated public diplomacy strategies. The intensive, fast-paced learning also allows for personalization, as participants bring real-time projects to exercise their skills and problem-solve with faculty and peer participants.

In February 2023 we offered Effective Storytelling for Public Diplomacy at USC's Washington, D.C. office. We offer organizations who send 3+ participants with a multiple-participant discount. We also offer discounts to USC alumni. If you qualify for a discount, please let us know at and also by completing that section on the application form.

Effective Storytelling for Public Diplomacy

Taking place at USC's Washington, D.C. office, this program included 16.25 content hours over the course of three days. Hallmarks of our trainings include group work, self-directed learning and networking opportunities. All times noted below are in Eastern Time.

  • Wednesday, February 8, 2023, 9:00am to 4:30pm
  • Thursday, February 9, 2023, 9:00am to 4:45pm
  • Friday, February 10, 2023, 9:00am to 2:00pm


Single participant: $2,250 USD

Multiple participants: (3+ from same organization): $2,050 USD

USC Alumni Discount: Alums will receive a discount and will need to inquire personally to

Application Deadline

Effective Storytelling for Public Diplomacy Application Deadline: January 20, 2023

Payment Deadline: January 27, 2023

How to Apply

The electronic application for the Mini-Course can be found here. For more information, please email Renee Almassizadeh, CPD Assistant Director for Operations and Programming, at  

Upon submission of your application, you will receive notification of receipt and a general timeframe of the decision process. There is a rolling admissions process, and applicants will be notified as soon as a decision is made. Once accepted, applicants will receive deadlines for submitting payment and required documents.

Peek Inside

Below is a sample of what it's like to learn and collaborate in real-time with our expert faculty, such as USC Annenberg Professor of Professional Practice & CPD Faculty Fellow Amara Aguilar, who teaches Effective Storytelling for Public Diplomacy among other mini-courses.