Communications Fellows are among the most active students on campus. Concepts come alive as you gain real-world experience working with the student-run newspaper, the campus radio station, Elon Student Television, the student PR agency and feature film and documentary production. To learn more about the Communication Fellows, visit the program website.

As a Fellow, you can also expect to:

  • Have early access to professional-quality equipment and state-of-the-art facilities in Elon’s ACEJMC nationally accredited School of Communications, including two TV studios, digital video editing bays, a control room and a screening room.
  • Take challenging Fellows courses such as Communications in a Global Age, Media Writing, Creating Multimedia Content and senior seminar.
  • Team up with other Fellows as you conduct and present undergraduate research, produce a documentary series or create a TV program.
  • Learn from faculty mentors who have a wealth of experience and contacts in the communications industry.
  • Gain valuable professional experience by doing internships for leading media organizations such as CNN, Black Entertainment Television, The Weather Channel, ESPN The Magazine or prominent public relations agencies.
  • Visit major media centers like California and Florida to see firsthand how the industry operates.

Who should apply?

Applicants should be academically talented high school seniors who plan to major in Journalism, Strategic Communications, Cinema & Television Arts, Communication Design, Media Analytics or Sport Management. Students should have a GPA of at least 3.8 and a combined evidence-based reading and writing and math SAT score of 1300 or an ACT score of 29. Selection is based on high school academic performance, extracurricular involvement. and communications experience. Students invited for an on-campus visit must also compose an essay and participate in a faculty interview.

Program Benefits


Thirty Communications Fellows will be selected and 22 will receive scholarships valued at $5,500 and are renewable annually as long as the student remains a Fellow in good standing. This is in addition to any Presidential Scholarship received.

Capstone Experience

This final project may include original research, investigation of a media or communications topic, or a performance presentation in your area of interest.

Global Study Grant

All 30 Communications Fellows receive a $1,000 grant to a university-approved study abroad or Study USA experience.

Special Learning Opportunities

Fellows are often invited to work on special projects for the School of Communications, such as a recent documentary project examining coverage of the Civil Rights Movement. Fellows also participate in news conferences and Q&A sessions with the high-profile speakers that Elon brings to campus. Recent speakers include CNN anchor Anderson Cooper and journalist and political analyst David Gergen, who served as an adviser to four U.S. presidents; and New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, a three-time recipient of the Pulitzer Prize.