Hilltop on Hill2010

Twenty-one Journalism and Corporate Communications & Public Affairs students in Meadows School of the Arts are studying in Washington, D.C., this October for the Hilltop on the Hill 2010 program. The program is endowed by the Bauer Foundation for CCPA students wanting to study political communication on location in D.C. and at the political party conventions, the Presidential Inauguration and the G8 Economic Summit. The students spend five days in the nation’s capital, where they visit media and governmental sites and are briefed by policy analysts, political communicators and journalists.

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My generation: Making an impact

Elyn.jpg An update from E’Lyn, a journalism major:

During my wonderful experience in Washington, D.C., I’ve been reminded by every speaker that I’m at a perfect age to start my career. Finding a career after I graduate is something that’s been troubling me because of the decrease of jobs in broadcast journalism, the field I want to pursue. My trip with SMU’s most profound journalism and CCPA professors and students who share the same focus as me has challenged me to explore different career goals in Washington, D.C.

E%27lyn.jpgFrom the time I got off the plane to my moment walking up the steps of Capitol Hill, I have run into nothing but younger business professionals who look just like me. I think to myself, “I can work here, and this can be my life in the next two years.”

All of the SMU alums who work in Washington, D.C., said they interned in Washington and were offered a job after they graduated. Those remarks gave me more hope and influenced me to network even more.

(In photo: E’Lyn prepares to ask a question at a televised lecture at the Newseum.)

The SMU alums related their career as “falling into this.” They didn’t know where exactly they wanted to go; all they wanted was to work in Washington, D.C. Joe Lockhart, former press secretary for President Bill Clinton, said that it is very exciting to get into this industry; the important thing you should do is find a voice and have something to say. He also said that if you are 25 or older, that is considered old for working in Washington, D.C.

I’m amazed to know that our policies and the ideas that help shape a better America come from people my age. The main point I take from this trip is that Washington, D.C., wants the younger generation to experience politics and the opportunity to be a part of shaping America.

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