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Experiential Learning

Welcome to AU SOC Experiential Learning. In collaboration with the AU Career Center and the Office of Development and Alumni Relations, the School of Communication (SOC) connects current students and recent graduates with AU alumni, parents and professionals working in the field of communication. We offer site visits, panel discussions, workshops, networking events, interviews, meetings and productions leading to meaningful relationships and successful careers.

The globe is our laboratory. SOC faculty are leaders in the communication industry, uniquely positioned to engage and empower students, and our alumni are dedicated and engaged.

We are committed to helping every SOC storyteller access our life-changing programs, no matter their circumstances. Together, we can remove economic barriers so that every qualified SOC student has a full and enriching SOC experience. Help ensure all students have access to out of the classroom opportunities.

SOC3 First Cohort

Launching SOC3

AU SOC launches a unique experiential learning opportunity for its students, SOC Communication Collaborative for Change (SOC3).


Career Development

  • Internships - Explore the wide world of internship experiences and opportunities to earn credits. View Internships for Credit
  • Dean's Internships - Combine classroom learning with real-world application and get academic credit. View Dean's Internships

SOC Mentorship - Our alumni mentoring program bridges the gap between the classroom and the professional world as you prepare for your future career. View Alumni Mentorship

  • L.A. Career Intensive - A week-long adventure connecting SOC students to industry professionals and networking opportunities in LA. View L.A. Career Intensive
  • NYC Career Intensive Students explore career paths and industry trends while getting exclusive access to AU alumni living and working in New York City. View NYC Career Intensive

Learning on Location

  • Study Abroad - Make the world your classroom. Study in London, Italy, Denmark and more! Discover AU Abraod Programs
  • Film Production in Prague - Master the process of filmmaking at the the Film and Television School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. View AU Abraod in Prague

Classroom in the Wild - A week-long intensive introducing students to the challenges and fun of environmental filmmaking. View Classrom in the Wild

Course-Based Opportunities

SOC3 - Using a design-thinking approach, students in this calss will work with an actual client to devise innovative solutions to complex problems and opportunities through strategic storytelling. View SOC3 

National Park Service Video Project - Students add to their portfolios by working with the National Park Service (NPS) staff to create designated short video projects on subjects including science history, wildlife, ecosystems, new discoveries, and more. Students combine skillsets that include research, producing, directing, camera and lighting, audio capture and sound design, editing, motion graphics, and writing narration. View Course Information

Environmental Filmmaking for Public TV - This class has a special relationship with a major PBS station, Maryland Public Television (MPT). The class produces a half-hour program which is broadcast on MPT at prime time. View Course Information