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.

All about Taos

An update from Whitney, a CCPA and marketing major, with a minor in art history:

I’ve been in Taos since the end of May, and there has yet to be a dull moment. I’ve done just about everything there is to do in Taos, from re-mudding an adobe church to sampling apple pie cooked in an horno (traditional Indian fireplace) at the Taos Pueblo.

I’m finally getting adjusted to the slower pace of Taos, which is a far cry from the hustle and bustle of Dallas. In a way, it’s nice to take a break from the constant barrage of people and activities.

Currently, I am working as a curatorial intern at the Harwood Museum of Art. There are three new exhibits opening at the end of June, so my main focus is preparing communication materials for these exhibits. I absolutely love working here. I want to work in the arts in some capacity after I graduate, so this is giving me great hands-on experience.

Professor Flournoy is making sure that we don’t miss out on anything Taos has to offer. On our first weekend here, we went to the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, Arroyo Seco, the town plaza, the Taos Pueblo – and we even helped the community re-mud the historic St. Francisco de Asis Church.

It’s been so much fun these past few weeks, and I can’t wait to see what will happen on the rest of our adventures in Taos.

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