CCPA in Taos

Six students from Corporate Communications and Public Affairs in will serve as communications interns at nonprofit organizations in Taos, NM this summer. By day, students will work with national and regional organizations, including Habitat for Humanity and The Harwood Museum; addressing issues from at-risk youth and the environment to housing and the arts. By night, they will attend classes at the SMU-in-Taos campus. Additionally, students will serve as marketing and event volunteers for the annual Taos Solar Music Festival.

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Good vibrations

An update from Elyse, a CCPA major:

Elyse%20mudding%20.jpg The rumors are true; there is a different vibration in Taos, New Mexico. I’ve only been in Taos for a week, and I’ve already gone white-water rafting through the Rio Grand River Gorge, swam in the natural hot springs in Ojo Caliente, hiked along nature trails, helped re-mud the famous San Francisco de Asis church, and shopped in Arroyo Seco and the Taos Plaza.

In between all of these adventures I have met some great people, and whether hanging out in town, in our casitas, eating at the dining hall, or going to the bonfire, there has never been a dull moment.

In addition to all of these activities, I’ve enjoyed my classes. I am taking CCPA 3385: Civil Society, Advocacy, and Campaigns. Plus, I’m doing a nonprofit internship at Rocky Mountain Youth Corps.

The classes in Taos are very different from the classes in Dallas. They are much smaller and more intimate. In fact, one of my favorite things has been bonding with the people in my class and my teacher, Professor Flournoy.

She placed me with a wonderful nonprofit. The people at RMYC are great – very welcoming and helpful. I’m excited about the rest of my time here in Taos. I know I will gain a wealth of knowledge about nonprofits, myself and the culture of New Mexico.

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