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Spring Break Trip

Deadline extended! 2017 Application Packet for Spring Break Experience -- To be eligible to participate in the Spring Break Experience you will need to do all the following by 5pm on Friday, Feb. 3, 2017.


Since 2008, the Department of Communication has hosted a spring break trip to major cities to give students exposure to communication professionals and organizations.

2017 Trip Information for the Washington/New York Spring Break Experience

March 6-10, 2017

What: A weeklong experience designed to enhance student understanding of the communication profession by offering a series of tours, presentations and networking events in the Washington, DC and New York markets.

Who: The program is open to all College of Charleston Communication Majors and Martin Scholars. They will be meeting and interacting with CofC Communication Alumni and the Department of Communication Advisory Council. Due to space requirements at the sites we plan to visit, we will be limiting the number of participants to approximately 20 students. The 10 Martin Scholars are guaranteed participation in the trip. The remaining ten positions will be determined based on the strength of student applications. Students can submit applications beginning on January 11, 2017. Applications must include a current resume, a 500-word essay describing what the student expects to accomplish from the experience and a $75 registration fee (that will be refunded for any student not selected). This fee will offset the costs of receptions in Washington and New York as well as other costs associated with the trip. All students are responsible for their own travel costs. Most breakfasts and lunches are covered by our host companies. Students may also apply for financial assistance through funds administered by the Department of Communication.

When: March 6-10, 2017. The first events will begin with site visits in Washington beginning at noon with a reception on Monday evening. The event will continue with additional site visits in Washington on Tuesday. Wednesday will allow time for travel to New York, with a reception that evening. There will be site visits in New York on Thursday and Friday, concluding in the early afternoon of Friday, March 10. A detailed agenda will include tours of several Washington and New York agencies, corporate communication departments and government locations.

Where: Various locations in Washington, DC and midtown Manhattan, New York City.

Why: COMM students should consider participating if they would like to learn more about the PR, brand management, media, corporate communications and related fields; if they would like to develop their network of contacts; and if they are interested in getting a better feel for the realities of living and working in the greater Washington and New York areas.

How: Students interested in participating will be responsible for making their own travel and accommodation plans. Students may choose to participate in the Washington or New York portions of the trip, but preference will be given to those who are able to participate in the full week of activities if at all possible. Hotel rooms in Washington and Manhattan with double occupancy are available as low as $150, or $75 per night per student. Students should evaluate hotel options themselves and make reservations as soon as their travel plans are firm. Students with financial need may apply for assistance through the Department of Communication.

More Questions? Please e-mail questions to Tom Martin, Executive-in-Residence, Department of Communication, at martintr@cofc.edu.

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