A Practical Training Program for Students and Early-Career Professionals
Full-time program: July 16–27, 2018
Part-time program: June 26–August 2, 2018
Our summer academy is a unique practical training program that helps prepare undergraduate and graduate students, recent graduates and early-career professionals for careers in international diplomacy. It introduces them to the fundamentals of diplomatic practice and focuses on real-life aspects of work in national and local governments, embassies and consulates, international organizations and multinational businesses. The material emphasizes a skills-based and experiential-learning approach, and is generally not offered at colleges and universities. The program also includes one-on-one and group career-counseling sessions. Participants receive certificates from the Academy.
Some of the most respected diplomats in recent years join other officials and experts to provide objective, non-partisan insight into policy-making and implementation, diplomatic protocol, the functions and management of embassies and consulates, public diplomacy and intercultural communication, immunities and other aspects of living abroad, and many other issues. The full-time program offers classes every weekday (9 a.m.-5 p.m.), as well as weekend activities. The part-time program’s sessions take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays (6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.) and Saturdays (10 a.m.-4 p.m.).
Classes & Activities
The agenda below is subject to change as needed.
The world order and the nation-state system
The role of diplomacy in international relations and geopolitics
Overview of diplomatic history
Prominent case studies of diplomatic successes and failures
The national interest and global considerations
The foreign-policy toolbox
Challenges to the international system
Diplomatic immunities and the Vienna Convention
The fundamentals of U.S. diplomacy
The history of America’s global leadership
Current challenges to the U.S. Foreign Service
Visit to the State Department
The interagency foreign-policy process
Insights into policy-making and implementation
The coordinating role of the National Security Council
The civil service and political appointees
Behind the scenes of embassy work
Diplomatic protocol and entertaining
Visit to a foreign embassy
Visit to a foreign ambassador’s residence
Group career-counseling session
Diplomatic reporting and writing
Diplomatic analysis and policy recommendations
Diplomatic influence and persuasion
Negotiation and conflict-resolution
Multilateral diplomacy and international organizations
Visit to an international organization
Commercial and business diplomacy
Energy and environmental diplomacy
The legislative branch’s role in diplomacy
Visit to Capitol Hill
The diplomacy-defense-intelligence nexus
Negotiation exercise, Part 1
The role of NGOs and think tanks in diplomacy
Visit to an NGO/think tank
Public diplomacy and media relations
Negotiation exercise, Part 2
Conclusion and presenting of certificates
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.
Applications must include a completed application form and a CV or résumé. A cover letter, explaining how the academy will help you achieve your career goals (up to 500 words), is strongly encouraged but not required.
Both U.S. and foreign citizens may apply. Fluency in English is required. We are not able to sponsor U.S. entry visas for international participants who are not already in the United States, and such applicants will be responsible for obtaining their own visas on the basis of our admission letter. Applicants from visa-waiver countries do not need a student visa to enroll in a short-term professional training program — they need an electronic visa (ESTA).
Applications for the 2018 program are now closed. Please check back for details about the 2019 program.
Tuition & Other Fees
If you are accepted, you can pay tuition only and arrange your own accommodation in Washington, or select one of our packages that include accommodation.
Getting In Touch
If you have questions about the Summer Diplomatic Academy, send us a message using the form below or call us on 202-656-9828.