How Students can get involved
College of Charleston students are encouraged to get involved in the Bully Pulpit Series in a variety of ways.
- Attend an Event: Whether for interest or extra credit, college students are the primary audience for the Bully Pulpit Series. All Bully Pulpit events are free and open to all CofC students. In fact, each and every event has a reserved student section to ensure students have a seat and a voice. The Series encourages all interested students to come to events prepared to discuss issues of importance with event speakers and guests.
- Serve as an Event Volunteer: The Bully Pulpit Series welcomes all interested students to serve as volunteers for Series' events. Student volunteers receive behind-the-scenes access to some of the most exciting events of the presidential campaign season. Serving as candidate handlers, media relations agents, event greeters and ushers as well as event managers, student volunteers gain valuable experience while observing the U.S. political system in action. If you are interested in volunteering for the Series, please review the Bully Pulpit Volunteer Manual.
- Enroll in The Bully Pulpit Experience Course: The Department of Communication offers a unique senior capstone experience as part of their nationally recognized curriculum. One capstone option for Communication majors is The Bully Pulpit Experience capstone course. Through this course, students are exposed to theories and concepts in political campaign communication, community and civic engagement, and event management. Over two semesters, students on The Bully Pulpit Team are responsible for the following:
- Plan and evaluate both small- and large-scale events,
- Develop and maintain strategic messaging to support Series' initiatives,
- Conduct primary and secondary research on topics related to campaign communication, public opinion and media discourse, and
- Motivate peers, professors, family and friends to exercise their voices as an informed and engaged citizens