Program Dates

For summer 2023, students will arrive in NYC on Sunday, June 4 and depart NYC on Saturday July 29, 2023. Internships should begin Monday, June 5 and run through Friday, July 28. There will also be enrichment activities and meet and greets with guest practitioners on some evenings and/or on weekends during the program.

The Course and Course Objectives

The coursework will convey to students the tactical skills essential to make them effective communications practitioners in these markets and to develop an understanding of the importance of planning.

Course Objectives

  • To understand the critical tools used by communications professionals in large markets.
  • To develop an understanding of the relationship between communicators and principals.
  • To understand the importance of external relations and corresponding communications tools.
  • To understand the significance of internal communications and their relationship to external communications.
  • To create written communications materials including memoranda, statements, testimony, and talking points, et al.

The general daily course format is lecture, presentations by guest speakers, timed writing assignment, and student presentation. Skills will be honed through timed writing assignments, briefings, class presentations, media content, stakeholder analysis, and case studies.

Who can apply?

This program is open to Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communications undergraduate students interested in exploring the New York market. The program is open to advertising and public relations majors only.

Apply to AdPR NYC: Experience and Exploration

Applications open in August of each year. Applications for Summer 2023 are due Thursday, November 10th, 2022.

To apply, click the “Apply now” button, which will direct you to UGA’s Office of Global Engagement’s StudyAway Portal.  If you have any questions about the application process, contact Rebekah Seabolt, Grady’s Global Studies Program Manager, at

Professor Joseph Watson, Jr., Program directorJoseph Watson, the Carolyn Caudell Tieger Professor of Public Affairs Communications

Program Director

Joseph Watson, Jr. is the Carolyn Caudell Tieger Professor of Public Affairs Communications. He directs the University of Georgia’s Public Affairs Communications Program, the first program in the nation to provide undergraduate students with practical training in the strategy and practice of public affairs communications focused on government, public policy, and politics. He has over 20 years of experience in public affairs campaigns and communications. Watson, a Harvard Law School graduate, served as an appointee in the Administration of President George W. Bush. Watson also worked on Capitol Hill, serving as a senior aide to former U.S. Senator Peter G. Fitzgerald (R-IL) and established and led the public affairs communications group for Fortune 100 Company, Exelon Corporation.

Program Staff

Rebekah Seabolt has been Grady’s Global Studies Program Manager since August 2016. She earned a bachelor of arts in public health from Georgia College and State University in 2011 and a master of arts in public relations from the University of Georgia in 2016. As the global studies coordinator, Rebekah is the point of contact for all of Grady College’s study abroad and domestic field study programs.

Tel: 706-542-4181


Office: Room 255- Journalism Building

Rebekah Seabolt, Grady's Global Studies Program ManagerRebekah R. Seabolt, Global Studies Program Manager