AdPR students explore Washington D.C.’s communications industry

Students and professor pose for a photograph
This trip was lead by Joseph Watson, the inaugural Carolyn Caudell Tieger Professor of Public Affairs Communications at Grady College. (Photos: Submitted)

AdPR students explore Washington D.C.’s communications industry

March 22, 2024

The following recount was written by third-year public relations student Margot Murphy. She is involved in Grady College’s Public Affairs Professional Certificate as well as Terry College’s Institute for Leadership Advancement.

The week of February 26, a group representing the Department of Advertising and Public Relations at Grady College traveled to Washington, D.C., for a week of agency tours, Capitol Hill visits and exploration of post-graduation opportunities in the city.

Joseph Watson, Carolyn Caudell Tieger Professor of Public Affairs Communications, led the trip for 12 students, setting the schedule and sharing the significance of engaging in public affairs opportunities. Each day featured meetings with Grady alumni and communications professionals, offering valuable advice and career insights.

The itinerary for day one included visits to Edelman, PLUS Communications, Deloitte & Touche LLP, as well as leisure time for students to explore the city together. 

When asked about the trip, Corinne O’Dell, a third-year public relations student said, “ Meeting with Grady alumni showed me how versatile the field of advertising and public relations can be.”

On day two, the group visited the Capitol, where they met Public Affairs Certificate alumni Bryson Henriott and Jake Strickland. Both alumni emphasized how their experiences at Grady, particularly within the certificate program, have prepared them for careers in congressional roles.

Strickland said, “Just say yes, seek out experiences, and remain open to all opportunities.” 

Penta hosted the group for lunch, emphasizing the importance of strategy and crisis management in public affairs work. The day concluded with insights shared by Burson, a global public relations firm.

Prior to the meetings, each student had the chance to connect with D.C.-based alumni at a Grady College Alumni Reception, expanding their networks and ensuring they will never bark alone, even 600 miles from Athens.

The Public Affairs Certificate program focuses on careers in the field, emphasizing essential skills such as writing press releases, networking, and understanding legislation. All students involved look forward to the continued relationship between D.C. alumni and this program.

AdPR students smile with BCW agency representatives.