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Each year, the top 40 incoming communication majors are granted access into High Point University’s Communication Fellows Program. Students select a specialization as a media, sport, or publicity and event fellow and are closely mentored by faculty members with professional and academic backgrounds within that specialization. They work together on creative and research projects, travel domestically and internationally to examine trends in their communication industry and receive extra training in professional development. They will graduate with a polished portfolio, a resume and the interviewing skills needed to launch a career in the communication industry of their choice.

Scholarship Information

Communication Fellows will receive a $3,000 scholarship renewable annually based on academic performance and continued participation in the program. This is in addition to any Presidential
 or High Point Scholarship. Fellows
 must meet GPA and professionalism requirements to be awarded continuation of their fellowship 
into the next academic year.

 

How to Apply

To be considered for membership into the Communication Fellows Program, you must first submit your High Point University undergraduate admissions application. The Communication Fellows Program application is available to students who plan to major in Media Production and Entrepreneurship, Game and Interactive Media Design, Journalism, Popular Culture and Media Production, Sport Communication and Strategic Communication.

If you would like to be considered for HPU’s Communication Fellows Program, please complete your application through your PantherPage by February 1 for priority applicants, and by March 1 for all others.

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Will you cut the show business line? Our majors used to be focused on tv/film production, but now they’re expanded to PR, games and more!

There’s no business like show business, and when it comes to preparing for a career in Hollywood, New York or London, there’s no place like High Point University.

Last year, a group of students gained a career-defining experience as part of HPU’s exclusive Communication Fellows Program. During the annual trip, students gained insights through access to private panels and tours of Google, YouTube, Hulu and Headquarters Post.

This one-of-a-kind trip proved invaluable in getting students’ “feet in the door” – the HPU Communication Fellows became the very first group of students to ever be allowed into the Television Critics Association’s (TCA’s) NBC University Press Tour, where they were invited to sit in while executive producers and stars from all different networks pitched their new and returning shows to the TCA, spotlighting FX’s 2018 Fall line-up. HPU Communication Fellows also worked together to script, film and edit a documentary about a surfer, and included traveling to the Vans US Open to interview professional surfers. For our upcoming trip to Los Angeles, students are planning a fundraising event for a nonprofit organization. We are also planning to visit news, games, public relations/marketing agencies, and event management companies in our Los Angeles and Atlanta trips.

The Four-Year Program

Freshman Year

Fellows take four courses together as a cohort

Attend workshops and presentations by media industry professionals

Enjoy two excursions to explore local and regional production facilities and meet media professionals

Attend a ROPES course day event

Be assigned a peer mentor

Sophomore Year

Work together on a real-world project in a client/agency model

Attend special seminars taught by media professionals and academics

Present their individual research or creative projects in a showcase

Travel to a U.S. major city (e.g., Los Angeles) to explore the media environment and connect with media professionals

Peer mentor first-year fellows

Junior Year

Be mentored by a faculty member within their specialization

Develop and execute a team-based creative or research project

Present their individual research or creative works in a public showcase

Attend special seminars taught by media professionals and academics about professional development

Be provided an opportunity to travel to a major international city (e.g., London or Vancouver) to explore the media environment and connect with media professionals

Be provided opportunities to travel to a professional communication conference (e.g. PRSA)

Peer mentor second-year fellows

Senior Year

Be mentored by a faculty member within their specialization

Develop and execute a team-based creative or research project

Present their individual research or creative projects in a showcase

Attend special seminars taught by media professionals and academics about professional development

Be provided the opportunity to travel to a major international city (e.g., London or Vancouver) to explore the media environment and connect with media professionals

Be provided opportunities to travel to a professional communication conference (e.g., PRSA; BEA)

Peer mentor third-year fellows

Specializations

MEDIA FELLOWS

20 students admitted yearly

The Media Fellows program provides students with an immersive, holistic understanding of media production and practices, with an emphasis on technical proficiency, aesthetics, storytelling and critical thinking. This fellows program will be especially appealing to students in game design, journalism, media production and entrepreneurship, and popular culture and media production.

Possible travel opportunities could include:

Atlanta (CNN, Turner, Hi-Rez games, local news

and production facilities)

Los Angeles (Riot Games, Hulu, YouTube, NBC, Televisions

Critics Press Tour, Post Production facilities)

International or domestic location (Students will

shoot a 5-10 minute film)

 

SPORTS FELLOWS

10 students admitted yearly

The Sport Fellows program focuses on navigating the international sports entertainment industry, including collegiate and professional sport management and network media broadcasting. This fellows program will be especially appealing to students in sport management and sports media.

Possible travel opportunities could include:

New York (ESPN, NBA, BSE Global, NY Yankees, NY Mets)

Chicago (Chicago Bulls, Chicago White Sox,

Chicago Cubs, Chicago Bears)

Dallas (Dallas Cowboys, Dallas Mavericks, FC Dallas,

Dallas Rattlers)

 

PUBLICITY AND EVENT FELLOWS

10 students admitted yearly

The Publicity and Event Fellows program engages students in the world of advertising, campaigns, social media, persuasion and experience creation and emphasizes writing and visual content development. This fellows program will be especially appealing to students in event management, hospitality management, social media and digital communication, and strategic communication.

Possible travel opportunities could include:

Atlanta (CNN, Coke, communication agencies)

San Francisco (Twitter, Facebook, Reddit)

New York (advertising/PR/digital agencies,

network station)

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Insights from industry professionals

Joe Michaels

TODAYJoe Michaels, director of NBC’s “TODAY” show for 22 years, recently joined the faculty of the HPU Nido R. Qubein School of Communication. Michaels is a eight-time Emmy award-winning director and a two-time Director’s Guild of America Honoree. He began his career in television as an associate director and director for NBC Sports. Millions of fans watch his work on other Emmy winning telecasts including The World Series, The Super Bowl, Wimbledon Tennis, Olympics, NBC Game of the Week, Orange Bowl, Hula Bowl and NBC SportsWorld.

“I am excited to be a part of the HPU family. It has always been a dream of mine to help to develop world-class leaders in the media space. The opportunity to work with such a diverse group of students and professionals makes this challenge a perfect fit. In my own career, I have always reached out for total excellence, and High Point University is an institution devoted to being extraordinary.”

 

Contact Information

For more information on the Communication Fellows program, please contact Professor Kristina Bell at kbell@highpoint.edu

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