Hilltop on the Hill 2018 is just around the corner. Students interested in a career in political communication should not pass up this excellent opportunity. During October 6-11, Drs. Rita Kirk, Sandy Duhé, and Christopher Salinas will lead students on a backstage tour of Washington DC politics. See how Congressional aids, journalists, campaign managers, and consultants have made careers in Washington DC.  All applicants will be qualified financial assistance as Bauer scholars.

Applications should be turned into the CCPA office no later than September 14, but please apply early as spaces are limited. To access the application, drop by the CCPA office; click on the link below; and/or request an application and questions about the application process by emailing cdsalinas@smu.edu

When: October 6-10, 2018                                                       

Where: Washington DC

Who: Faculty Leaders: Drs. Salinas, Kirk, and Duhé

To access the Hilltop Application, click on the following link: Hilltop Intel and Application 2018 

Events: Students will travel to Washington, DC, and meet with political communication professionals. You will meet with key players in D.C., such as press secretaries, speechwriters, nonprofit advocates, lobbyists, and political advisors. You will also meet with news and policy makers and experience the Newseum. The purpose of this program is academic, but there will also be some amazing opportunities for you to experience American democracy.

Coursework: Students who are selected for the program will be enrolled in CCPA 5110, a one hour directed study course. Enrollment in the one hour directed study will not affect tuition if currently enrolled in 12-17 hours. If a student currently enrolled in 18 hours, please see Mrs. Hewitt to discuss options.

Cost: Tuition + $1750 (housing and programming fees), airfare and meals are independent. All students are qualified to receive financial assistance and be named Bauer Scholars. The amount
awarded is based upon need, but all students will receive support.

Accommodations: The group will be staying at the Hilton Garden Inn, 3 blocks from the White House! The rooms are set for triple occupancy; pack wisely so you have room for professional attire.

Selection Process: Selection for the program is competitive and is limited to 15 students. Early submission of program applications is encouraged to ensure full consideration.

Application: Students must submit applications by September 14. Interviews, if applicable, will follow. Students accepted into the program will be notified and then enrolled, administratively, in CCPA 5110 on September 22 in order to facilitate final programming details.

Note: tuition and fees are due on date of enrollment.

Travel: Plan to arrive at the hotel before 1:00 on October 6, and ready to participate at 2:00. Plan to depart after 2:00 on October 10.