The USC Center on Public Diplomacy will share reference materials in the final program handbook. In some instances, additional standalone articles will be assigned. Participants are not expected to read all the materials prior to the sessions but to use them as a post-program resource.


The 2023 CPD Summer Institute will take place in person at the USC Campus in Los Angeles, California.

Participants should bring a laptop and smart phone for all sessions. You will need to set up free accounts for various websites, platforms and digital content creation sites. Please connect with your respective IT departments to ensure internet connectivity, stability and access to web-based programs where you can create content and analyze data.

There may be pre-session videos and/or readings that you should complete prior to the modules. Additionally, there may be time for post-session work with your group and campaign assignments. Please plan accordingly.

A hallmark of CPD’s professional education is to curate real-time campaigns to work on. These are diverse projects and initiatives that cross over topical areas, geographical regions and functional activities. Make sure you follow the campaign template, which will be included in your acceptance materials.


A small block of rooms has been reserved for participants of the 2023 Summer Institute at the USC Hotel. These will be available on a first-come first-served basis. More information will be provided when participants are admitted to the program.


Upon completion of 30 hours of CPD professional education instruction, you will receive a certificate of completion.


The USC Center on Public Diplomacy at the Annenberg School
The mission of the USC Center on Public Diplomacy (CPD), founded in 2003, is to enrich the study and practice of public diplomacy in pursuit of a more peaceful and prosperous world. Through its research, convening and training, CPD serves as a gathering place for scholars and practitioners to exchange ideas, learn new skills and translate research into practice.

The USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism
The USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism is among the nation’s leading institutions devoted to the study of journalism and communication, and their impact on politics, culture, and society. With an enrollment of more than 2,300 graduate and undergraduate students, Annenberg offers B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees in journalism, communication, and public relations and advertising. The school boasts an outstanding faculty that includes prize-winning journalism professionals and renowned communication scholars who are distinguished by their teaching ability and research excellence. Their enthusiasm and expertise in these dynamic fields help Annenberg alumni to fill top posts throughout the communication and media industries – as well as in government, education, and nonprofit agencies around the world.

The University of Southern California (USC)
USC was established in 1880 and is the oldest private research university in the Western United States. Through its 17 professional schools and the College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences, the university offers a cutting-edge education. Highly-ranked and prestigious schools such as the Annenberg School for Communication, Marshall School of Business, Viterbi School of Engineering, Keck School of Medicine, Gould School of Law, Thornton School of Music, and Schools of Cinematic Arts, Theatre, and Architecture all contribute to the vibrancy and rigor of the university, and make it uniquely suited as a home for the USC Center on Public Diplomacy.