SMPA Career Access Network


The SMPA Career Access Network (CAN) enhances the value of an SMPA education by supporting experiential learning, enhancing professional connections and creating community among current students and alumni. SMPA CAN has three components: an internship fund, mentoring program and networking events.


SMPA CAN Internship Funds

The SMPA CAN Internship Fund, J. Michael Shanahan Journalism Internship Fund and Kwittken Fund for Strategic Communication Internships support unpaid and low-paid summer internship opportunities for rising seniors and graduate students in the SMPA combined degree program.

The award application opens each spring semester with award stipends ranging from $1,000 to $3,000. The application deadline is April 1.

SMPA CAN Internship Fund (3 awards) — Award recipients are judged based on merit, professional promise and need.

J. Michael Shanahan Journalism Internship Fund (3 awards) — Open to rising seniors, applicants must be in good academic standing and interning for an established media organization.

Kwittken Fund for Strategic Communication Internships (3 awards) — Provides support for students in the field of strategic communication and media.


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"Receiving the scholarship meant opportunity to me. I would have never interned at CBS, I wouldn't have had the living costs and therefore would have had to go back home. It's allowed me to be at a huge news corporation and chase my dreams."

Nana Agyemang

Class of 2016
Major: Journalism and Mass Communication


SMPA CAN Mentoring Program

Acquire practical, real-world advice from distinguished alumni and friends of SMPA, including members of our National Council, the principal advisory board to SMPA.  

This program connects SMPA sophomore and junior undergraduate and first-year graduate students with mentors from news organizations, political communications organizations, government agencies, advertising/PR firms, non-profits and the corporate and academic worlds to learn the skills needed to succeed in life after GW. Mentors will be matched with SMPA students based on industry and similar objectives and goals for the mentorship.

Applications are closed for the 2017 – 2018 school year. Please contact Jasmine Tall for more information about the program at [email protected].

SMPA CAN Networking Events

These events provide opportunities for SMPA students to connect with alumni and other experts in the field to strengthen the ties and create a thriving network of people creating change in the world. Events will be held on and off campus with SMPA students, alumni and friends of SMPA.  

For more information on SMPA CAN programs, please contact [email protected].