I invite you to be part of an initiative that provides opportunities to participate
in our common civic life while learning about the democratic public sphere. This
exciting initiative, Communication and Public Service (ComPS), is offered as a unique
undergraduate concentration in the Communication major. It is sponsored by the School’s
Institute for Public Service (IPS).
Walter Annenberg, founder of the Annenberg School for Communication, devoted his
life to serving the American people and encouraging others to do the same. The School
is committed to the view that a healthy and vibrant democratic life requires commitment
to public service and public affairs by informed citizens as officeholders, public
servants and advocates, professionals, business leaders, and journalists who care
for the public interest. As you read through this brochure, I challenge you to think
about what contributions you might make to our national common life as a civic-minded
leader in one or more of these capacities.
The ComPS concentration will engage students in a public service dialogue through
a special program that combines individual research opportunities with hands-on
experience in the public arena. Classes, seminars, internships, field experiences,
and individual research projects will provide students with opportunities to meet
and learn from current and former officeholders, journalists, and public servants
who have been leaders in government and the institutions of civil society.
This program will connect scholarship to practical experience in a way that encourages
creative engagement with possibilities for citizen action. Participating students
will gain fundamental knowledge and experience for careers in public service and
As director of IPS, I am very excited about this opportunity and look forward to
welcoming talented students to join me and the Annenberg faculty in building a commitment
to public service that will last a lifetime.
Director, Institute for Public Service
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