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SOC provides many opportunities to help you get a foot in the door or jump start your career.

Our recent alumni are finding jobs with USA Today, The Washington Post, The Associated Press, The Discovery Channel, HBO, NBC News, Ogilvy Mather, Kaiser Family Foundation and PBS--organizations in which they are shaping the future of journalism, strategic communication, and film and media arts.

Engaged Faculty

Our faculty members know how to use all the resources of Washington, DC -- the communication capital of the world and one of the largest media production centers in the country. Their classes draw on the region's rich professional expertise and feature, as guest lecturers, working professionals in the broadcast, cable, and online media, as well as government agencies, high tech firms and non-profit organizations.

Unique Programs

Alumni Mentoring Program
Whether it is counseling mentees on their future career goals, sharing tips to improve resumes and portfolios or helping students land internships and job opportunities, professional mentors are an invaluable source of knowledge and experience for students.

Classroom in the Wild
This week-long, non-credit class is for both beginner and advanced filmmakers and photographers who have an interest in the environment, natural history and the outdoors. We’ll be snorkeling with manatees, filming from blinds, and exploring one of Florida’s most beautiful river environments.

Classroom in the Wild: Alaska
An 8-day intensive, non-credit course offered by CEF to AU students and alums. Students will be led by SOC professor and filmmaker Larry Engel and survival expert Brian Horner. This course is for students who have experience in production and are interested in environmental, wildlife, and expedition related filmmaking.

Summer in LA
Summer in L.A. is an intensive, 8-week seminar course featuring SOC's top alumni talent in the industry. The small cohort of upper-class and grad students get an insider's view from the pros and gain first-hand experience through internships with some of the biggest names in the business.

Study Abroad in Prague
The FAMU International Film Program is an enclave program designed for students highly motivated to produce and direct their own stories in super 16mm film. The Photography Program is for students with a background in photography who want to develop their skills and portfolios by working with master photographer, Miroslav Vojtchovský.

Internships

Internships are a way of life at SOC. Check out where these students worked.

  • Tony Azios interned in Associated Press at their New York City headquarters.
  • Stephanie Jaar had her summer internship at the Newseum.
  • Regan Alsup worked on a climate change video series for National Park Service.
  • Kevin Borow had his internship at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History.
  • Rachel Karas worked as a reporter at The Washington Post.
For continuous updates on our internships, check out the Career Center's
intern blog.