The T. Howard Foundation welcomes a record number of minority college students to the media and entertainment industry through its Summer Internship Program. Representing 52 colleges and universities throughout the United States, a record 97 college juniors, seniors and graduate students have been placed in internship positions at 34 media companies in New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Atlanta and Charlotte.
Since 1994, the T. Howard Foundation (THF) has served as a resource to both the media industry as well as nearly 800 minority college students interested in pursuing careers in the industry. By introducing the students directly to industry human resources professionals and recruiters via the Internship Program, more than 150 THF alumni have gone on to gain full-time employment in various media and entertainment industry business functions following college graduation.
The Foundation continues to grow its relationships with media and entertainment organizations and has extended its reach to non-traditional sites as the industry continues to evolve. This year’s 34 internship host sites include traditional media companies, as well as two new partners: the National Basketball Association and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts’ digital media department.
This year’s internship class convened in Silver Spring, Md. from June 2-4 for THF’s annual Summer Intern Orientation. Media industry professionals facilitated interactive personal and professional development sessions, including:
- Leon Harris, News Anchor, WJLA-TV (Washington, DC)
- Keith Woods, Vice President, Diversity in News & Operations, NPR
- Jullien Gordon, Founder & CEO, New Higher and author of The Innerview
Sessions were presented on the evolution of both the consumer and the media industry; an overview of the many departments and business functions within the industry; career options in specific fields; effective networking techniques; understanding the recruitment process and how to stand out amongst the competition while job searching and interviewing; interpersonal communication and business writing; financial planning; and THF alumni (and current industry employees) offered tips for students to maximize their internships and prepare for careers in the industry.
View a slideshow below of this year’s Summer Intern Orientation.