Summer Diplomatic Academy

A Practical Training Program for Students and Early-Career Professionals (60 hours)


July 5-30, 2021

Monday–Friday | 10:00 a.m. — 1:30 p.m. EDT


Our Summer Diplomatic Academy is a unique and intensive practical training program that introduces undergraduate and graduate students and recent graduates to careers in international diplomacy. It covers the fundamentals of diplomatic practice and focuses on real-life aspects of work in governments, embassies and consulates, international organizations and global NGOs. The material emphasizes a skills-based and experiential-learning approach, and is generally not offered at colleges and universities. The program also includes career-counseling sessions. Students receive certificates from the Academy.

The course is taught by career ambassadors and other professional diplomats who have served in dozens of countries over several decades. They provide insight into policy-making and implementation, diplomatic protocol, the functions and management of embassies and consulates, diplomatic reporting and writing, negotiation and mediation, political and economic tradecraft, public diplomacy and cross-cultural communication and other skills and competencies.

We teach what you can’t learn from books, Google or YouTube. You can preview some of our sessions on this page. Students will be evaluated based on individual assignments and group exercises.

Due to COVID-19, the 2021 program will be held online. It will include two 90-minute sessions per day (with one 30-minute break), Monday through Friday, for a total of 60 instruction hours.

Program Sessions

National and Global Diplomacy Systems

The Interagency Foreign-Policy Process

Diplomatic Protocol and Immunities

Managing a Diplomatic Mission

Political Tradecraft

Diplomatic Reporting and Writing

Diplomatic Communication: How to Talk and Listen Like a Diplomat

Economic Tradecraft

Environmental and Science Diplomacy

Health Diplomacy

Commercial Diplomacy

Consular Affairs

Crisis-Management Abroad

Civilian-Military Relations

Public Diplomacy: Media Relations and Cultural Affairs

Public Speaking in a Diplomacy Context

Cross-Cultural Communication

Diplomatic Negotiation and Mediation

Cyber Diplomacy

Multilateral Diplomacy

Career-Counseling Session

*The agenda is subject to change as needed.

Check out session previews and previous trainee testimonials

Application Process


Undergraduate and graduate students, recent graduates and early-career professionals are eligible to apply to the Summer Diplomatic Academy. Previous coursework in political science, international relations or related fields is highly desirable, but not required. You may apply for both the in-person and online programs at the same time.

Applications must include a completed application form and a CV or résumé. A cover letter or personal statement, explaining how the academy will help you achieve your career goals (up to 500 words), is strongly encouraged but not required. We reserve the right to ask for such a statement if we believe it will strengthen your application.

Both U.S. and foreign citizens may apply. Fluency in English is required.

The application deadline is March 31, 2021.

Tuition Fee

The tuition fee is $4,000 and includes the cost of all sessions and study materials (except for recommended books).

Get in touch

If you have questions about the Summer Diplomatic Academy, send us a message using the form below or call us on +1-202-656-9828.

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