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NYCOMM and SiliCOMM/LACOMM

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The Department of Communication is offering two 1-credit industry seminars, which culminate with a series of meetings and workshops with working alumni in both NYC and West Coast (Silicon Valley or Los Angeles). Each seminar will meet for seven weekly classes in preparation for the industry visits. Each city offers a different experience and opportunity to interact with our amazing alumni. During the trips, students will tour leading media, public relations, news, and tech firms while interacting with some of the top leaders of each field, who just happen to be Cornell alumni. 

Please review the information below to gain a better understanding of each trip. Students are responsible for some of the cost of each trip but that amount varies based on the city.

New York City:

  • The trip will be the Sunday, October 6th, through Tuesday, October 8th.
  • Leave for NYC on Sunday morning and return late Tuesday night. (You will miss two days of classes.)
  • Alumni Reception at the Cornell Club NYC on Monday, October 8th
  • Transportation to and from NYC will be provided.
  • Hotel accommodations will be provided. (Two students per room.)
  • Lunch on Monday, reception Monday night, and lunch on Tuesday will be provided.
  • Students are responsible for lunch on Sunday, breakfast Monday and Tuesday, dinner on Tuesday night, and subway passes.
  • 11 students will be selected to attend
  • Potential site visits include: NBC News, ESPN, Discovery Channel and Spotify.
  • Students must enroll in COMM 4950 for 1-credit during the first 7-weeks of Fall 2019. This provides an opportunity to research the companies and people that we meet during our trip. The class will meet on Sunday afternoons (Sept. 15, 22 and 29) from 2:00-4:00 pm. 

Los Angeles:

  • The trip will be the Sunday, January 5th, through Thursday, January 9th.
  • Very Important: This trip happens during the winter break, students will be responsible for getting to and from LA on their own. All students must be in LA by the day before the first site visit. Students will be free to leave anytime after the trip has completed.
  • Transportation to and from site visits will be provided.   
  • Hotel accommodations will be provided. (Two students per room.)
  • Lunches will be provided. One dinner will be provided. Students will be responsible for all breakfasts and three dinners.
  • 11 students will be selected to attend
  • Potential site visits include: DisneyStudios, Warner Media, Sard Verbinnen, TMZ, Junkin Media, 20th Century Fox Television, and more. 
  • Alumni reception: TBA.
  • Students must enroll in COMM 4951 for 1-credit during the second 7-weeks of Fall 2019. This provides an opportunity to research the companies and people that we meet during our trip. The class will meet on Sunday afternoons (Nov. 17, 24; and Dec. 1 and 8) from 2:00-4:00 pm.
     

Application notes:

  • To apply, students must have been on-campus for at least one semester.
  • Students who have attended NYCOMM or SiliCOMM/LACOMM before are not eligible at this time.
  • Stronger consideration will be given to those students with an overall 3.0 GPA or higher. Preference will be given to students who have little or no Communication-related work experience in NYC or the West Coast. 
  • Students will have to explain of their reasoning for wanting to be a part of this experience, list of internships, and career goals.
  • Students will be notified of their acceptance into either course by August 27th.
  • A short waitlist will be collected for each trip.
  • Scholarships may be available within Communication (speak with Professor Christopher Byrne) as well as CALS. 

One application will cover both trips. Complete your application here! Applications are due by 11:59 PM on August 1, 2019.

Student comments from NYCOMM fall 2016: 

  • "Best Cornell opportunity thus far" 
  • "I learned so much and the trip really gave me confidence going forward. I wish I could do this every semester."
  • "Such an incredible opportunity. I am much more comfortable approaching professors, faculty, alumni, and potential employers after returning from this trip."