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Partnerships and Centers

The School of Communication’s Partnerships and Programs office works with prestigious organizations in our Nation’s Capital to build mutually beneficial relationships that broaden opportunities for students and the community at large. 

SOC collaborates with media organizations such as The Washington Post, NPR, National Geographic and USA TODAY to provide Dean’s Internships to distinguished students. We co-sponsor international and environmental film series with the National Gallery of Art, foreign embassies, and the Environmental Film Festival. We jointly present forums and conferences on major issues of our time with Smithsonian, Newseum, WAMU, and Current. Sharon Metcalf, senior director, strategic partnerships & programs, fosters the growth of these existing relationships and generates new program and events that optimize SOC’s prominent role in the greater Washington DC region.

For more information on upcoming programs, please call the office at 202-885-2220.

About SOC Partnerships

The relationships fall into five general categories:

    • Strategic Partners: Long-standing, mutually beneficial partnerships that are officially recognized by both parties.
    • Dean's Internships: Distinguished competitive internships for students to earn bylines and production credits with national brand institutions.
    • Programs & Events: Co-presented film series, embassy programs, and provocative discussion forums with documentary producers, international visitors and content experts.
    • Fellowship Sponsors: Organizations or individuals providing dedicated fellowships or internships for SOC students.

Signature Series Events

Aerial view of American University McKinley Building

See full list of upcoming SOC partnership events.

Event Listing

Featured Speakers

American University's Greenberg Theatre

SOC takes full advantage of its Washington location. Here are some of the professionals at the top of their fields who have visited its classrooms.

List of guests

Partnerships & Programs

Graphic web of SOC partner organization logos

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