The USC Center on Public Diplomacy will share reference materials in the final program handbook. In some instances, additional stand-alone 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.


All sessions will take place in Zoom and we hope by now, you are an expert. Participants are free to use desktop, laptop, tablet and/or smart phones for any and all sessions. All of CPD's training modules are recorded for future use and by submitting the application, you consent to be recorded. 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 and 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 module. 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 which cross over topical areas, geographical regions, and functional activities. Make sure you follow the campaign template which will be included in your acceptance materials.


Upon receipt of final payment, CPD Summer Institute participants will be given access to the Summer Institute's "Basecamp" group. This virtual office space will be the repository of the reading assignments, course information, student handbook, and other program related materials. Each participant's Basecamp status will be live and active throughout the Summer Institute and then be closed 30 days post 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 USC Center on Public Diplomacy was established in August 2003 as a partnership between the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism and the School of International Relations at the University of Southern California. It is a research and professional training organization dedicated to furthering the study and practice of international public diplomacy. Since its inception, the Center has become an ambitious and productive leader in the public diplomacy research and scholarship community. The Center has benefited from international, interdepartmental, bi-partisan support from the academic, corporate, governmental, and public policy communities. And it has become the definitive go-to destination for practitioners and worldwide international leaders in public diplomacy, while pursuing an innovative and cutting-edge research agenda.

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 1,500 graduate and undergraduate students, Annenberg offers B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees in journalism, communication, and public relations. 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.