2018 IRTS Summer Fellowship Program

2017 IRTS Fellows and IRTS staff at Good Morning America with 2011 IRTS alum Eric Jones

When: June 3 – August 4, 2018 
Where: New York, New York

The 2018 Application has CLOSED.

 Applications Due: Sunday, December 3rd by midnight Eastern Standard Time.*

*Those who submitted applications by the deadline will be alerted if they advance to the 2nd round no later than mid-January, 2018.

THOSE SELECTED FOR THE FELLOWSHIP RECEIVE:
  • Round trip travel to and from NYC. (air, train, or driving mileage reimbursement)
  • Housing at a downtown Manhattan university dormitory in a shared suite setting.
  • A living allowance to defray cost of food and personal expenses.
  • A full-time internship at a top New York media company that aligns with a student’s interests and career goals.
  • Weekly events including panel discussions, company visits and speakers.
  • The IRTS Foundation also provides extensive career counseling and networking opportunities to ensure that each student makes the most of this New York experience!

PROGRAM DETAILS

Expense-Paid Opportunity: Travel, housing, and living allowance included.
Eligibility: Extremely competitive. Students must be college juniors, seniors, or graduate students as of April 2018.
Accomplished students from all majors (including math, computer science, business, marketing, communications, etc.) are encouraged to apply.
The Summer Fellowship Program is the cornerstone program of the IRTS Foundation. Often referred to as a “media boot camp,” this highly selective program teaches a talented group of up-and-coming communicators the realities of the business world through an all-expense-paid internship in New York City, which includes practical experience and career-planning advice.
The IRTS Summer Fellowship Program has had a key role in launching the careers of top professionals in the media business for more than 45 years. This nine-week expense-paid opportunity begins with a comprehensive one-week orientation to cable, broadcasting, advertising, and digital media. Fellows have a rare opportunity to question a stellar line-up of industry leaders at company visits, panel discussions, and negotiation simulations. Following this first week, Fellows gain full-time “real world” experience at New York-based media corporations to which each is assigned for the duration of the Fellowship. Throughout the summer, Fellows also learn how to successfully network by attending industry events and by conducting informational interviews with executives.
Participants emerge from this program with a strong understanding of our entire business, along with carefully honed skills in career planning, resume writing, and interviewing. Fellows are then able to reinforce or redefine specific career goals before starting a career within the media industry.

The 2018 application has CLOSED.*

 *Those who submitted applications by the deadline will be alerted if they advance to the 2nd round no later than mid-January, 2018.

PAST FELLOWSHIP EXPERIENCES

In the Summer Fellowship Program’s over 45 years of history, IRTS is very proud to have provided once in a lifetime experiences for hundreds of young professionals! Once a member of the program, our IRTS Summer Fellows create lifelong connections with their peers and the media industry as a whole.
Click through these links to learn more about some of their experiences!
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“Without a doubt, the IRTS Summer Fellowship is one of the most prestigious opportunities available for future communications leaders. It provides resources and nurtures your talent as you develop into an engaged and active participant in the media industry. Orientation Week will definitely be one of the most exhilarating and exciting weeks of your life. It is a veritable media boot camp, where you’re treated nonstop to nearly every facet of the industry.”

Daniel Haack, 2009 Fellow and current Director of Marketing, StoryBots at JibJab Bros. Studios

“The Fellowship takes the brightest and most promising students in media from across the country and places them right in the heart of the industry. It’s an all-encompassing immersion in the state of media today and all of the opportunities available in it. It’s the experience of a lifetime.”

Genie Alfonzo, 2011 Fellow and current Product Marketing Manager at Factual Inc.

The IRTS Summer Fellowship Program is an opportunity to build a solid launching pad for your career. If you go about it the right way, you will complete the program with valuable hands-on work experience and a wealth of contacts that are genuinely interested in your personal and professional development.

Arnell Davis, 2010 Fellow and current Manager, Global Creative Marketing at Netflix

The part of the Fellowship program that I found most valuable personally is purely all the fun NYC activities that I participated in with all of the Fellows over the summer – we bonded over food, music, sports, etc. And the part of the program that I found most valuable professionally was my internship placement – I literally learned something new or interesting every week. The IRTS Summer Fellowship Program is a once in a lifetime experience given to bright individuals who are up to the challenge. If you want to be successful, strive to be an IRTS Fellow and spend the ultimate summer in New York!

Kelcie Cox, 2013 Fellow and current Account Manager at KHOU, the CBS-affiliated television station in Houston, Texas.

No dream is impossible with the help/push that IRTS gives its Fellows. It’s truly everything you need to become what you want and take control of your future career.

Lindsey Granger, 2009 Fellow and current National Correspondent for ``The List`` at ABC Television

That summer changed my life. Orientation week is intense…be prepared to see every aspect of media at their highest levels. I would literally not be anywhere close to where I am now had it not been for IRTS – my life is forever changed.

Keith Kropski, 2011 Fellow and current Project Manager at 10up

Being selected for the Fellowship is like unwrapping a Wonka bar to find a golden ticket, granting instant access to the world of industry executives and the chocolate factory that is NYC!

Alan Natochy, 2010 Fellow and current Revenue Management Analyst at Universal Parks & Resorts

Where have IRTS Fellows interned in the past? (These are just some examples.)

For complete profiles on the class of 2017 please click here: 2017 FELLOW BIOS

2017 IRTS SUMMER FELLOWS

Jaclyn Abrahante, Florida International University, IRTS Summer Fellow Sponsored by NBCUniversal
Kevin Abreu, Montclair State University, IRTS Summer Fellow sponsored by National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
Thomas Austen, Syracuse University, IRTS Summer Fellow sponsored by National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
Nora Bess, University of Texas at Austin, The IRTS Helen Karas Memorial Fellow sponsored by Dan Karas and Rick Sirvaitis
Rachael Bouley, Arizona State University, IRTS Summer Fellow sponsored by Hubbard Broadcasting
Emily Bowman, College of the Holy Cross, The IRTS College of the Holy Cross Fellow sponsored by Crown Media Family Networks
Imelda Burgan, The New School, The Thomas S. Murphy Fellow sponsored by ABC National Television Sales*
Casey Carty, College of the Holy Cross, IRTS Summer Fellow sponsored by Turner
Kahlita Finger, Temple University, IRTS Summer Fellow sponsored by Facebook
Faith Gamble, Ohio State University, IRTS Summer Fellow sponsored by Facebook
Lanier Gray, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, IRTS Summer Fellow sponsored by Jason Krebs & Debra O’Connell*
Cole Johnson, University of Iowa, The University of Iowa/Jerry Feniger Memorial Fellow sponsored by Friends of Jerry Feniger
Jackson Kurtz, University of Kansas, IRTS Leibner Cooper Summer Fellow sponsored by Leibner Cooper Family Foundation
Ariel Leconte, Syracuse University, The IRTS Neil Postman Memorial Fellow sponsored by Jack Myers
Robert Lemus, University of Florida, The IRTS Thom Casadonte Memorial Fellow sponsored by Bloomberg
Nicholas Lewandowski, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, The Perry Sook Fellow sponsored by TVB
Melanie Lockett, University of Pennsylvania, IRTS Summer Fellow sponsored by ESPN
Samantha Mayhew, Pennsylvania State University, The IRTS Ari Bluman Memorial Summer Fellow sponsored by GroupM
Melanie Mueller, University of Florida, IRTS Summer Fellow sponsored by Horizon Media
Shad Murray, University of Texas at Austin, The Mark Mackenzie Memorial Fellow sponsored by Friends of Mark Mackenzie
Michelle Nwokedi, University of Pennsylvania, The IRTS University of Pennsylvania/Lou LaTorre Fellow sponsored by Bruce Lefkowitz
EJ Paras, The College of New Jersey, IRTS Summer Fellow sponsored by Google
Sharon Park, Northeastern University, IRTS Summer Fellow sponsored by Viacom
Alexandra Patterson, University of Notre Dame, IRTS Summer Fellow sponsored by Turner
Sharmin Rahman, Syracuse University, IRTS Summer Fellow sponsored by Simulmedia
Treasure Roberts, Michigan State University, IRTS Summer Fellow sponsored by Rajah Maples
Lauren Smith, Xavier University, The IRTS Leslie Moonves Fellow sponsored by CBS Television Station Sales*
Dymond Spells, Alabama A&M University, The IRTS Sumner M. Redstone Fellow sponsored by CBS Television Station Sales*
Michael Tatar, Brooklyn College, The IRTS Brooklyn College Fellow sponsored by Scott Herman
Erin Torres, Fordham University, The IRTS Joanne Mercado Memorial Fellow sponsored by Nielsen
Eric Uzick, University of Texas at Austin, IRTS Summer Fellow Sponsored by Fox Networks
Becca White, University of Florida, IRTS Summer Fellow sponsored by Turner
Ariana Yaptangco, City College of New York, The IRTS City College of New York Fellow sponsored by Betsy Frank
*IRTS Broadcast Sales Associate

Compilation photo of multiple IRTS Summer Fellows posing with their respective fellowship sponsors

Sponsored IRTS Summer Fellowships

IRTS is proud to showcase some of its named summer fellowships, and the individuals or organizations responsible for generously sponsoring them.
Each year, roughly 30 students will be awarded one of the IRTS Foundation’s prestigious, expense-paid Summer Fellowships in New York City, thanks to sponsorships provided by generous individuals and organizations.
Acknowledged as one of the nation’s best internship opportunities in the media and entertainment industry, the IRTS Summer Fellowship Program takes place over a nine-week period from June to August each year. In addition to the number of Fellowships reserved for the traditional IRTS nationwide competition, individuals were invited to sponsor IRTS Fellowships restricted to specific schools. According to IRTS President and CEO Joyce Tudryn, “It’s a wonderful opportunity for a student from an outstanding college to explore career options within Media, whether it be on the business side – such as marketing, promotions, or advertising sales – or the creative side, such as production.”
While specific experience is not necessary, applicants must demonstrate a sincere interest in the media field with extracurricular activities or volunteer experience that suggests they are strong candidates for this highly competitive program. IRTS provides the nation’s most promising professionals of tomorrow with a comprehensive introduction to the media industry, as well as specific internship experience at a company, which will be assigned after the student is selected to ensure a good match.
The IRTS Ari Bluman Memorial Summer Fellow
The IRTS Thom Casadonte Memorial Fellow
The IRTS University of Iowa/Jerry Feniger Memorial Fellow
Jason Krebs & Debra O’Connell Sponsorship
The IRTS Joanne Mercado Memorial Fellow
The IRTS Leslie Moonves Fellow
The IRTS Thomas S. Murphy Fellow
The IRTS Neil Postman Memorial Fellow
The IRTS Sumner M. Redstone Fellow
The Perry Sook Fellow
The IRTS College of the Holy Cross Fellow