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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The great outdoors

Louis%20and%20fish%20.jpg An update from Louis, an environmental studies, finance and economics major:

For those who enjoy the outdoors and want to take in some fresh air, Taos is the place to be. I’ve been here since May, interning with Amigos Bravos, Inc., a statewide river protection and restoration organization.

The daily activities with the group have really added to my Taos experience. I spend most days outside, researching in the field and enjoying the landscape of the Rio Grande and the Rio Pueblo de Taos.

Last week was our annual fund-raising event – a great success. I’ve even been on the local radio and TV stations to announce the progress with Amigos Bravos and give updates on some current projects.

Outside of the internship, Professor Flournoy has taken us on some excellent field trips. Over the weekend we went to the Corn Dance at the Pueblo – an authentic spiritual ritual to encourage a productive crop season and harvest come fall. We also helped to restore the adobe San Francisco de Asis Church.

I’m very much looking forward to the rest of the term. The next two weekends will be awesome; a stay in Angel Fire and then helping with and enjoying the Taos Solar Music Festival. Loving the Land of Enchantment!

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