January 23, 2018

Summer Diplomatic Academy


Students from the 2018 Summer Diplomatic Academy with Ambassador William J. Burns, president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and former deputy secretary of state (back row, third from left).


Full-time program: July 15–26, 2019
Every day except Sunday: 9:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m.

Part-time program: June 29–July 30, 2019
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 5:30 p.m. — 7:30 p.m.
Saturdays: 10:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m.

Washington, DC


Our Summer Diplomatic Academy is a unique practical training program that helps prepare undergraduate and graduate students and recent graduates 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 career-counseling sessions. Participants receive certificates from the Academy.

The course is taught by career ambassadors and other professional diplomats who have served both Democratic and Republican administrations over several decades. They provide objective, non-partisan 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. You can preview some of the sessions on this page. The program also includes meetings and briefings at the State Department, foreign embassies, think tanks and other organizations.


Program Sessions


The National and International Diplomacy Systems

Case-Studies of Diplomatic Successes and Failures

The Interagency Foreign-Policy Process

Securing and Managing Resources for Diplomacy

Diplomatic Immunities and the Vienna Convention

The Coordinating Role of the National Security Council

Managing a Diplomatic Mission

Exercise: Competing Mission Priorities

Political Tradecraft

Diplomatic Advocacy and Lobbying

Diplomatic Reporting and Writing

Exercise: Writing Diplomatic Cables

Diplomatic Communication: How to Talk and Listen Like a Diplomat

Exercise: Delivering a Diplomatic Démarche

Economic Tradecraft

Environmental and Science Diplomacy

Commercial Diplomacy

Consular Affairs

Exercise: Nonimmigrant Visa Interviews

Crisis-Management Abroad

Career-Counseling Session

The Intricacies of the U.S. Foreign Service Entrance Process

Expeditionary Diplomacy and Civilian-Military Cooperation

Public Diplomacy: Media Relations and Cultural Affairs

Exercise: Media Interviews

Public Speaking in a Diplomacy Context

Cross-Cultural Communication

Diplomatic Negotiation and Mediation

Exercise: Diplomatic Negotiation

Cyber Diplomacy

Multilateral Diplomacy

*The agenda is subject to change as needed.


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.

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. International applicants who are not already in the United States will be responsible for obtaining their own U.S. entry visas on the basis of our admission letter. Candidates 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), which can be obtained online.

Tuition & Other Fees

If you are accepted, you may choose to pay for tuition only or for both tuition and hotel accommodation. The hotel prices below are for the full-time program and cover 13 nights, checking in on July 14 and checking out July 27. Additional nights are available upon request.

Tuition: $3,999

Double-occupancy accommodation: $1,300

Single-occupancy accommodation: $2,300



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