We are pleased to announce the 2022 CPD Summer Institute. Now, in its 16th year, CPD Summer Institute equips public diplomacy practitioners and scholars to participate in a forward-looking, hands-on learning environment and to create a collaborative strategy toward a robust and impactful public diplomacy practice.

From July 10–22, 2022 we host participants in-person on the USC campus. The classes take place Monday through Friday each week from 9:00am–5:00pm.

Our public diplomacy training allows for practitioners and scholars alike to develop a robust toolkit for audience analysis as the basis of public diplomacy engagement; learn from a rich combination of social science research and practice; understand AI and data; interpret analytics; and explore next-generation content creation strategies and tactics for greater impact.


  • Learn and design strategies based on data, analysis and case studies;
  • Gain more experience sharing through our newly designed “Practice Insights;”
  • Explore the latest research and cutting-edge communication tools to address real-time public diplomacy challenges;
  • Develop and refine skills in a group of peers through working on real-time projects and exchanging experiences and best practices;
  • Access personalized consulting sessions with program faculty, in which participants will work one-on-one with faculty to identify opportunities for enhanced public diplomacy impact;
  • Be part of an international peer network of over 1,500 training alumni to build relationships for insights and feedback; and
  • Immediately apply lessons learned from our time-tested professional education within your post or organization.  





CPD Summer Institute in Public Diplomacy is geared toward mid-career professionals posted in ministries including foreign affairs; defense and homeland security; trade and economics agencies; non-governmental organizations; international organizations; communication consultancies; and private-sector companies.

In addition to innovative instruction, the program provides a setting for mid-career professionals to exercise their evaluation and decision-making skills in a group of their peers and to contribute their own ideas and perspectives while building their professional networks.

Applications for the 2022 class were accepted through May 1, 2022. Please bookmark this page as program updates will be posted here.


Applications are reviewed to ensure the cohort is similarly situated and experienced. All of CPD’s trainings are based on a rolling, space-available basis, and we encourage you to apply as early as possible. Applicants are notified of admission after the review process. Next steps for participation are outlined in acceptance letters. Participants must coordinate payment within their organizations, and payment must be made in full prior to the start of the program. CPD is unable to offer refunds less than 15 days prior to the start of the sessions.



  • Single participant (tuition only): $7,250 USD
  • Multiple participant (tuition only, 3+ from same organization): $6,050 USD
  • Non-Refundable Deposit (applied to tuition): $500 USD


CPD’s Assistant Director for Engaement, César Corona, is available to you at any stage of the admissions process. Contact César at coronaco@usc.edu.


You may also be interested in these related training programs that are currently scheduled for virtual learning but shorter in duration. Find out more about the CPD Mini-Courses.

To read more about the CPD Summer Institute in Public Diplomacy and find out where some of them are today. Click here.

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2017 CPD Summer Insitute