Hilltop on the Hill 2013

Eight students are in Washington, D.C., in October 2013 as part of SMU’s Hilltop on the Hill program. The students will visit media and government sites, and meet with political communicators, journalists and SMU alumni. The trip is led by Rita Kirk, professor of communication studies in Meadows School of the Arts and director of the Maguire Center for Ethics & Public Responsibility; Sandra Duhé, chair of communication studies, associate professor and director of the Meadows School’s public relations program; and Candy Crespo, assistant director of the Maguire Center for Ethics & Public Responsibility. Endowed by the Bauer Foundation, the Hilltop on the Hill program also takes students studying political communication to political party conventions, the presidential Inauguration and the G8 Economic Summit.

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SMU alums in D.C.

LaurenAn update from Lauren, a sophomore majoring in political science in Dedman College and public relations in Meadows School of the Arts:

Yesterday we had the pleasure of meeting two SMU alums at an alumni roundtable. It was great to see recent graduates of SMU doing so well in the city. Going into the workforce after graduation seems intimidating, but meeting with them definitely eased my nerves. SMU certainly provides its students with the tools to succeed in the workforce.

One of the alums works for a major public relations and communications firm. She told us how she started off with two internships and was eventually offered a job, and stressed how important internships are. Internships can often turn into full-time jobs and are also a good way of gaining experience and networking.

The other alum works for a think tank, and he discussed how the government shutdown was affecting its work. I had such a good time meeting him, especially since as a political science major, working for a think tank is one of the options I’m considering after graduation.

It was encouraging to hear that SMU’s alumni chapter here in D.C. is active and thriving, especially for those of us who plan to move to D.C. after graduation. Being able to speak with alumni who are so successful and enjoying their lives post-SMU was such a great experience, especially knowing that in a few years, I’ll be at the roundtable with other Hilltop students sharing my experiences post graduation.

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