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Comm Studies Students Visit D.C. to Expand Knowledge, Career Opportunities

DC trip 2016Twenty students from the School of Communication Studies (CS) were in Washington, D.C. February 27 – March 2, 2016 to visit government agencies and network with UT alumni.
The annual DC field trip is designed to expand students’ knowledge of internship and job opportunities in the nation’s capital. It also allows participants to establish critical networking relationships with the experts they meet during the trip.
This year’s itinerary included the following sessions:

  • Zelos Strategic Planning & Performance Measurement
  • Newseum
  • Australian Embassy
  • Woodrow Wilson Center
  • U.S. Senate
  • U.S. Congressman Phil Roe (R-TN)
  • FBI
  • Microsoft Corporation’s Government Affairs Office

The students were also able to take tours of the U.S. Capital, the Library of Congress, and the FBI offices at Quantico.
CCI alumni who hosted this year’s students include CCI Board of Visitors member and past chair Ed Ingle (BS/PR ’83), Managing Director of Government Affairs, Microsoft Corporation; Elizabeth Clement Webb (BS/CS ’03) and CCI BOV member, Special Assistant to the Deputy Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation; Tiffany McGuffee Haverly (BA/CS ’08), Communications Director for U.S. Congressman Phil Roe; De’Marcus E. Finnell (BA/CS ’14), Staff Assistant for the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepereneurship;  Stacia Couch Aylward (MS/C&I ’06), CEO at Zelos, LLC; Christian Marin (BA/CS ’08), Special Forces Communications Sergeant, U.S. Army; Chelsea Ivens (’12 – CS minor), Manager Government Relations, Corrections Corporation of America; and Kristin Romanias (BA/CS ’11), Management Consultant, Booz Allen Hamilton.
The annual trip is organized and led by School of Communication Studies Director John Haas and CS Lecturer Dean Rice. Haas says “the trip is of great benefit to those who attend, and it has a significant impact on students’ career aspirations.”