Study PR and Power in Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C. is home to many of the most powerful people in the country. National media outlets including The Washington Post, The New York Times and Politico, cover the exciting breaking news happening daily there, working alongside lobbyists and public relations professionals.

Led by Professor David Brown, The Power, Politics and Public Relations program explores how the practice of public relations leverages power to influence the process of politics. Why do some causes become internationally known while others struggle for visibility? Students will spend the spring semester studying U.S. immigration policy, examining how public relations practices have helped shape and position the debates surrounding them. In addition to semester-long coursework, this program also includes a spring break travel component to Washington, D.C. From that perspective, they will follow policies from their origin, through public debates and discussions all the way to the halls of power in the capital.

Get the opportunity to visit the Capitol, Newseum, an immigration-related nonprofit and meet with an elected official!

Terms Available: Spring 2019
On Campus Dates: Meets every Tuesday afternoon for the duration of the spring 2019 semester
Travel Dates:  Mar. 3 - Mar. 7
Course: Power, Politics and Public Relations (3 credits)
Student Life: Students will have the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C. as part of the 14-week long spring course. While there, students will stay at a hip hotel with easy access to shopping, restaurants and the metro. Students will be housed two to a room throughout the duration of the on-site program in Washington, D.C.

Tour the U.S. Capitol: First completed in November of 1800, this building is the home of our nation’s legislature. Students will be able to walk the halls of this historic building and get insight into how laws are truly formed.

Visit the Newseum: Fittingly, one of the most exciting media cities has perhaps the best media museum in the country. This highly interactive museum highlights the importance of freedom of speech, recognizes those who have died covering wars abroad and has a bevy of interactive, illuminating features.

Visit with an immigration-related nonprofit: Laws don’t just get passed thanks to legislators. Oftentimes, a nonprofit will bring an issue to light and force those in power to deal with it, instead of ignoring the problem. Students will get a chance to learn from the experts about the most effective methods.

Meet with an elected or appointed official related to the issue: If a nonprofit is successful, they’ll often get an official to represent their issue and push for it in the halls of government. Talk to the official to find out what shapes their perspectives and policies on immigration.

Program is open to undergraduates.

Application deadline: Nov. 1, 2018

To schedule an appointment to learn more or to start your application for the Power, Politics, and Public Relations program, visit the Global Opportunities’ application portal.