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Check out our upcoming Washington DC Maymester 2015 Callouts!

Maymester 2015 Callout


The Purdue Institute for Civic Communication (PICC) is a nonpartisan initiative for applied and experiential learning at Purdue University, made possible by the Bill Daniels Fund of Denver and a partnership with C-SPAN, the Cable-Satellite Public Affairs Network.

PICC founder and Executive Director Carolyn Curiel is a professor in the Brian Lamb School of Communication at Purdue.  She is a former White House Senior Speechwriter and Special Assistant to the President of the United States, a former US Ambassador, and was a journalist for more than two decades.  

The PICC offers students the opportunity to become better citizens and informed contributors to democracy. In classes and activities, students experience and explore the American system, interacting with leaders in public service, journalism, industry and advocacy, at Purdue and in Washington, DC. 
PICC students enjoy scholastic benefits (including innovative classes, like the annual Maymester class at C-SPAN in Washington), internships and competitive merit scholarships.  Emphasis is placed on honing the critical thinking skills of students from across disciplines and helping them to translate complex knowledge into communication that is accessible to the larger public.  Participating students plan and produce issues forums featuring nationally known experts.

The PICC is university wide and based in the Brian Lamb School of Communication at Purdue.  Students in any major are eligible to participate in the PICC.