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 KWT Global Fund for Strategic Communication Internships support unpaid and low-paid summer internship opportunities for rising juniors and seniors. The award application opens each spring semester with stipends ranging from $1,000 to $3,000.

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.

Segal Career Access Fund (2 awards) — Provides support for students pursuing a internship in journalism or political communication.

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Applications open June 1, 2021 and close June 15, 2021. 

"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 the National Council for Media and Public Affairs, the principal advisory board to SMPA.  

This program connects SMPA junior and senior undergraduate students with mentors from news organizations, political communication organizations, government agencies, advertising/PR firms, nonprofits and the corporate and academic worlds to learn the skills needed to succeed in life after GW. Mentors are matched with students based on industry and similar objectives and goals for the mentorship.


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Questions about the SMPA CAN mentoring program? Email [email protected] with questions.


SMPA CAN Networking Events

These events provide opportunities for SMPA students to connect with alumni and other experts in the field to strengthen 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 events, please contact [email protected].