Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the age limit for students to attend?
A: SMI is a summer program for high school students. Most of our students will be rising high school juniors and seniors, but 2021 graduates and those who will be rising ninth- and 10th-graders are welcome as well.

Q: How do I pay and register?
A: Registration is open now via Eventbrite. Register here.

Q: How do I sign up for specializations and electives?
Specializations are still being finalized, but our tentative list can be found here.

Q: Does my child have to apply for the program?
A: No. Students are accepted first-come, first-serve until we reach capacity.

Q: Are there any additional costs that I should be aware of?
A: There aren’t any additional costs for any of the live programming or specializations, though it might be possible that one or more of the latter might require a smart card or headphone to be helpful. If so, they would be minimal – and we would be clear about that with the specialization participants in advance.

Q: Can teachers/media advisors attend?
A: Yes, for the live general programming, but with two exceptions: Not for the specializations, and not for the general session focusing on what it’s really like to be a college student. During a normal year, it’s our policy not to have advisers attend with their students in order to allow them to have an independent experience in a college setting. For sure, our specializations will function as if in a college setting. This gives them the opportunity to explore and live up to college-level expectations regarding behavior and performance. They are encouraged and expected to go beyond the closely-supervised style of learning that they experience in their high school programs.

Q: Is professional clothing required?
A: No, it is not required, but students who are taking part in reporting or anchoring specializations should consider wearing clothing that would be appropriate for field reporting/interviewing work or on-air performance. For example, a nice pair or slacks (khakis?) and a polo shirt would be more appropriate than cutoff shorts and a t-shirt or tank top.

Q: Is prior media experience required?
A: No, students will join their respective specialization with varying levels of experience. We expect this and are planning to offer instruction for basic, intermediate and advanced levels. We’re hoping everyone will learn new skills.