Back in Person: 2022 CPD Summer Institute in Public Diplomacy

Mark those calendars and bookmark the application page, as CPD is pleased to announce the 2022 CPD Summer Institute in Public Diplomacy, our flagship professional education program. From July 10–22, 2022 we plan to resume convening in person at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

Now in its 16th year, Summer Institute allows public diplomacy practitioners and scholars to participate in a forward-looking, hands on learning environment and create collaborative strategies toward a robust and impactful public diplomacy practice.

Our global faculty and leading scholars teach sessions over two weeks with a mix of small group work, networking and collaborations, simulations, and dynamic lectures. We allow for time to network with global colleagues in foreign ministries and organizations to share best practices and potential pitfalls in effective public diplomacy practice.

Key Benefits & the CPD Advantage

  • Learn and design strategies based on data, analysis and case studies;
  • 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, who will work one-on-one with you to identify opportunities for enhanced PD impact;
  • Be part of an international peer network of over 1,500 training alumni to build relationships for insights and feedback;
  • Our time-tested professional education will allow you to immediately apply the lessons within your post or organization.


Now is the time to put your professional training goals into plan.

Who Should Apply

CPD Summer Institute in Public Diplomacy is geared toward mid-career professionals posted in government agencies, including foreign affairs, defense and homeland security; intelligence agencies; non-governmental organizations; international organizations; private-sector companies; and others whose work would benefit from learning more about this vital field. 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.


Orientation Session: Sunday, July 10, 2022
Classes: July 11–15 and July 18–22, 2022
Time: 9:00am to 5:00pm (PT) daily. The weekend is your time to enjoy Los Angeles and explore what we have to offer.


Applications will be accepted starting January 10, 2022. If you have any questions about the upcoming program, please let us know.


Stacy Ingber, Associate Director for Programming and Operations (, or call us at (213) 821-2078.


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