Online Program Overview


Information Reporting & Presentation: Engage, Persuade, and Succeed will teach students how to successfully communicate in college and professionally through influential engagement, persuasive presentation, and personal branding. Students will learn how to communicate confidently, effectively, and persuasively online, in person, and in writing at college and the workplace. They will also learn how to be successful when pitching ideas, applying and interviewing for jobs, expanding their network, and improving their professional skills.

This course includes information about how to give a personal pitch; create a compelling LinkedIn profile and resume; interview online and in person; research companies and organizations; prepare for an internship; make persuasive presentations like a TED Talk; and make well-designed slide decks, compelling charts, diagrams, and infographics for modern professional presentations.

Through this online class, students will learn how to use Zoom, MS Teams, BB Collaborate, and other virtual meeting platforms to communicate and work on virtual teams!

Students in this course will receive three college credits (as IST344: Information Reporting and Presentation).

Summer College was life-changing!  ~ Summer College student, 2019

Program Objectives

Upon completion of this course, students will:

  • Have a professional LinkedIn profile and resume
  • Understand convincing interviewing techniques
  • Know how to effectively communicate as a professional online and in-person
  • Understand professional and well-designed slide decks, charts, diagrams, and infographics
  • Learn how to make a professional presentation

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Program Dates, Times  & Details Eligibility Requirements Program Cost Program & Technology Requirements Typical Day Faculty Bios

Program Dates, Times & Details

Session Dates

3-Week Session II: July 20 – August 7, 2020
Duration: 3 weeks
Live (Synchronous) Session Times: MTWThF, 1:00pm – 2:30pm EST


Credit: 3 credits (IST344: Information Reporting and Presentation)
Grading System: A-F

Class Size

Please note that this program is also open to Syracuse University undergrads. Class size is dependent on the number of enrolled students and the program capacity. Please email Summer College if you would like to know the number of students in this program.

Eligibility Requirements

Students must be of rising junior or senior status or a 2020 high school graduate. For full Summer College admission requirements, view the Admissions Overview and Eligibility page.

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Program Cost

Program Costs:

  • Online ONLY: $3,085

*Please visit our Program Costs page for more detailed information. Program rates are subject to change and will be approved by the board of trustees.  Discounts and scholarships are also available.

Program & Technology Requirements

Technology Requirements

  • Reliable internet access
  • A  smartphone, computer, laptop or desktop computer with webcam and audio

Student Expectations

This is an academically rigorous, college-level program. Students are expected to complete nightly homework assignments and actively participate in group projects. Students are expected to attend all synchronous classes every day, arrive on time, and meet all academic obligations. Free time will vary as each program is unique, as is the subsequent workload.

Typical Day

Tentative Schedule

Students must attend live synchronous online sessions MTWThF, 1:00-2:30pm EST.

When class is over, and on weekends, students can look forward to various Summer College virtual activities to meet and connect with other students across the world. Check out our Virtual Events and Activities page for more information!

Virtual End Event

There will be a TED Talk style presentation by each student on the final Friday of the program.

Faculty Bio

Professor Bruce Kingma, Whitman School of Management and the School of Information Studies

Professor Kingma is the former Provost for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Syracuse University. Kingma developed award-winning programs in entrepreneurship, innovation, and community engagement across the Syracuse University campus and Central New York.

Office Hours

Virtual office hours will be held by appointment.