Prepare to achieve advocacy goals with a mix of core courses in communication skills and theory taught by leading professionals and faculty. Students develop and execute communications campaigns, messaging strategies and data analysis preparing to advance careers in government and non-profit communications, public relations and media research.
A six-month program, the institute offers concentrated training and education in production and student projects are regularly accepted to screen at international film festivals. The D.C. location gives access to the best documentary production companies and some of the largest historical collections in the world including National Geographic and the National Archives.
Offered jointly with the Elliott School of International Affairs, the core curriculum focuses on communication, international politics, international economics and research methods. Students are prepared to navigate the global information environment and advance careers in advocacy, public diplomacy and international consulting.
Mike Hower, M.A. ’16, traveled with Professor Steven Livingston to Nairobi, Kenya to visit Primoz Kovacic, M.A. '14, who runs a social enterprise called Spatial Collective. The organization is developing an app that allows communities to use GPS to identify problems and crowdsource solutions.
The Finn Partners-Widmeyer Communications Scholar program continues to help launch careers for SMPA graduates. For Laura Shuey-Kostelac, B.A. ’14 and M.A. ’15, Danielle Noel, B.A.’15 and M.A. ’17, and Katherine Jahries M.A. '18, this program connected SMPA's academic programs and research to the real world.