Monterey Institute of International Studies

Citizen Diplomacy Programs

Students acquire intercultural competence skills at the Monterey Institute

Cultural training programs prepare individuals and companies with intercultural competence skills needed to succeed in the global market.

The U.S. government as part of its citizen diplomacy agenda brings in professionals from around the world for short-term professional development programs. The goal is for these individuals to return home with enhanced skills and positive impressions of the United States.

Rather than run the programs themselves, the government puts out a call for proposals. Organizations such as IREX, fhi360 and World Learning put together proposals  to be granted the right to run the programs. In addition, many U.S. universities offer short-term training programs for international executives.

Essential Job Responsibilities in the Citizen Diplomacy Field

  • Proposal writing
  • Budgeting
  • Community outreach
  • Hiring of program faculty
  • Organizing transportation and lodging
  • Developing schedule and curriculum
  • Delivering programs
  • Escorting groups during the program

Student and Alumni Stories

New MIIS Report on U.S. Coastal Economies Lauded by Congressman Farr

At a Monday morning press conference, Rep. Sam Farr highlighted the findings of a new report from the National Ocean Economics Program at the Monterey Institute’s Center for the Blue Economy, which illustrated that even as the economic importance of coastal economies has grown, federal support for them has diminished. 

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