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Summer Camps and Programs for Students

Modern Storytelling: Producing Polished Podcasts for High School Students

Come learn how to create a podcast from start to finish. In this program, you will learn from our award-winning instructors about how to have fun conversations with a purpose. Spend the week exploring strategies for ideation, pre-production and planning while picking up tricks for interviewing, mixing music and promoting episodes on social media. At the end of your experience, you'll away with your very own podcast pilot episode.

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Overview

Have you ever felt like you had something to say, but didn't know how exactly to say it? Well, podcasting might be the perfect medium for you.

This hands-on program will help you bring your unique podcast idea to life with instruction from David DesRosches, an award-winning journalist and former host of the WNPR flagship shows “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered.”

Co-designed by Quinnipiac’s own Ben Bogardus, a 10-year veteran professor of journalism, you’ll master the tools and techniques to develop, produce and edit your podcast while learning how to communicate effectively and share ideas in a compelling way.

At the end of this program, you’ll walk away with:
  • Your own published podcast on a subject you are passionate about that is hosted, produced and edited by you!

  • A portfolio of work and projects that displays communications skills, technical aptitude and media techniques that are valuable across industries.

  • An expert-level understanding of everything there is to know about podcasting — from planning and hosting to recording, creating artwork, using music and promoting on social media.

  • A certificate of completion with a professor-written review and assessment.

Schedule

  • July 17, 2023 - July 21, 2023
    • Sunday, July 16, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.: Residence check-in for participants with full room & board

    • Saturday, July 22, 9 a.m. - noon: Residence check-out for participants with full room & board

Sample Daily Schedule:

Time Activity Detail
9 a.m. Daily Lesson Introduction to the day’s theme: storytelling theory, recording or editing skills/techniques, and professional examples.
10:30 a.m. Rapid Fire Learning Assignment Practice and apply what you have learned by telling a story using visual language and other storytelling techniques.
11:30 a.m. Share and Review Rapid Fire Learning Assignment Share your work with others and get feedback through an individual, peer, or group review of the Rapid Fire Assignment.
Noon Lunch Eat and socialize with your classmates.
1 p.m. Independent / Team Production Work Time The best way to learn about podcasting is to create podcasts! You will now have time to work on the development, recording, or editing of your podcast.
3 p.m. Feedback and Work Block Get feedback on your afternoon’s work from instructors and peers and work on new skills and techniques.
4 p.m. End-of-Day Review and Debrief Meeting A chance to reflect and discuss the day as well as look to the days ahead.
4:30 p.m. Dismissal Dismissal for commuter students.
5 p.m. Dinner Dinner will be provided for those students with full room and board.
6 p.m. Evening Activities (Group Recreation, Games, Guest Speakers, Independent and Group Enrichment Projects) The evening is reserved for overnight students to have fun, experience our on-campus amenities, and bond with each other and staff through organized group enrichment activities.
10 p.m. Quiet Time  

Program Costs

Option 1: 1-week overnight program from Sunday to Saturday. Includes full room and board as well as evening and weekend activities: $1,680
Option 2: 1-week on-campus commuter program from Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Includes lunch daily: $1,200

All options include:

  • One week of faculty-designed and delivered programming, administered online or on campus with educational support staff and program materials

  • Technology and software support

  • A Quinnipiac T-shirt

  • A certificate of completion

  • Access to special Quinnipiac Admissions events

Partial financial support may be available for those who indicate the need for financial assistance in their online application. Financial support awards are based on a combination of financial need and academic merit.

Participation Requirements

Participants must be current high school students. Typically, participants are between the ages of 15 to 18 years of age at the start of the program. Eligibility is based on grade level as of June 2023.

Equipment and Materials

Students will need reliable access to a laptop computer with appropriate specifications for audio editing and producing as well as access to a smartphone for digital recording purposes.

Application and Payment Deadlines

Deadline to apply: Monday, May 1, 2023
Space is limited per session and enrollment is based on when a deposit payment is received.

Deadline to submit payment: Payment is due within 30 days of applying to fully register for a program.

Payment Methods and Refund/Cancellation Policy

Applications are reviewed when they are received and students are accepted on a rolling basis.

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Accommodations

Quinnipiac University complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act as an institution of higher education. Students who have a current IEP or 504 plan are encouraged to share any accommodations or modifications they may require in order to access the fundamentals of a QU summer program or camp they plan to attend.

Students requesting disability-based accommodations should indicate this within the application as well as email summerprograms@qu.edu about any and all specific accommodation needs.

Rules & Regulations

Read Quinnipiac University’s Summer Camp and Pre-College Program Policies for 2022