Took a 1982/1983 two-week interterm trip with about a dozen other students to Hollywood with Professors Jay Swartz (advertising/public relations) and Bill Jones (film). We were given the chance to spend the first week visiting movie studios (Warner Brothers, Columbia, Universal, Fox) as well as publicity/advertising agencies that were involved in the film industry. The second week we did a five-day internship at the location of our choice.
The opportunity to be involved in a trip like this and to establish contacts that would benefit me in years to come was amazing. Having Jay Swartz and Bill Jones arrange these incredible opportunities was something that really didn’t sink in totally until years later.
SMU has always had a track record of offering these type of “off campus/real world” classes that are often once-in-a-lifetime experiences.
That trip, and what I took from it, is something I’ll never forget.