During June 2015, Communication Studies Associate Professor Laura Miller traveled to Sydney, Australia to conduct an academic reconnaissance for CCI’s inaugural Global Communication Scholars Program. The trip was hosted by CAPA, an international education organization that facilitates student learning abroad opportunities in urban locations.
While in Sydney, Miller examined a wide number of factors to make sure that that CCI students have an outstanding semester-long experience when they travel to Sydney as part of CCI’s Global Communication Scholars Program in January 2016. She toured the dorm facilities where the students will live and even took the hour and a half long public transportation commute to campus that students will experience each day. She visited the classrooms to see first-hand the facilities and classroom capabilities available. Miller also met with potential internship employers to understand their expectations.
The program includes 6 credit hours of coursework and a 6 credit hour internship in Sydney. This unique intercultural experience is available to CCI Global Communication Scholars, who are honors students and high achieving students, selected for the program through a rigorous application and interview process. Sam Swan, JEM professor and director of CCI’s Internationalization and Outreach Program, worked with Miller to jointly interview the students and has been instrumental in laying the ground work for the program.
Scholarship funds have been made available to help defray some of the costs. However, students must pay for the majority of the expenses associated with the program. Miller will teach an intensive 3 credit hour course on Intercultural Communication as the first course students take in Australia. In addition, students will select a second 3 hour course offered on campus and led by an Australian professor. Each student will also complete a 6 credit hour internship in Sydney during the semester.
“We believe our students will be more open to international and urban job opportunities after having this study abroad experience,” said Miller. “We also know from other study aboard programs that having this experience will help their resume stand out to potential employers.” Fourteen sophomores and juniors, have been selected to participate in CCI’s inaugural Global Communication Scholars Program.