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SOC3 Cohort

Storytelling for Changemakers - COMM 420.05

New Application-Based Experience for Fall 2024


Do you want to…

  • Learn how strategic storytelling can change mindsets?
  • Work across communications disciplines to help amplify messages?
  • Work with actual clients?
  • Gain professional experience in a classroom setting and earn 3 credits towards your major?
  • Help run an actual agency, SOC3 and receive a $1,000 stipend in compensation?

Using a design-thinking approach, students will work with an actual client to devise innovative solutions to complex problems and opportunities through strategic storytelling. The cohort will be able to amplify messages related to topics such as public health, racial inequity, economic impact, food insecurity or climate change to effect change and on behalf of organizations who share these missions and values. Students will also receive leadership training as part of the experience.

The ideal cohort will be comprised of students from a variety of communication disciplines; historically underrepresented minority students and students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Students with authorizations to work in the United States will receive a $1,000 stipend for their role in running SOC3. Open to all SOC Majors who are rising juniors and seniors. Held Tuesdays from 11:20 a.m.- 2:10 p.m.

Deadline: Thursday, April 4th by midnight


SOC3 in the News

One Year In, Student-Run Integrated Communications Agency Going Strong

soc3anniversarySOC3 was created to place GenZ students at the forefront of creative innovation, social justice and industry diversity by equipping them with the professional skills and experience to jump start their careers.  Read how far they've come in just one year & watch the celebration below!

SCRIPPS NEWS | College students use social media to aid wrongfully detained Americans

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The second cohort of SOC3 – the “Storytelling for Changemakers” experiential learning initiative led by Professor Pallavi Kumar – and its work with the Bring Our Families Home campaign were featured on Scripps News and its network of local TV stations.

O'DWYER'S | PR goes back to school

O'dywer's, a publication that covers public communications and marketing news, highlighted the launch of SOC3 and its plans to work with its first client, DC Central Kitchen.

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Be a part of the next cohort!

Applications are now open for Fall 2024! Questions? Email Professor Pallavi Kumar.


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