2019 IRTS Summer Fellowship Program

When: June 2 – August 3, 2018 
Where: New York, New York

The 2019 application is LIVE!

Applications Due: Sunday, November 4th by midnight Eastern Standard Time.*

*Those who submit their application by the deadline will be alerted if they advance to the 2nd round no later than January, 2019.

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 2019.
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 2019 application IS LIVE*

 *Those who submit their application by the deadline will be alerted if they advance to the 2nd round no later than January, 2019.

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, Author, 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, Monetization & Platform at Trello.

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

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 Senior Manager, Global Creative Marketing at Netflix

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

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 Senior Digital Account Manager at KHOU, the CBS-affiliated television station in Houston, Texas.

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 Senior Analyst, Revenue Management at Universal Parks & Resorts

Where have IRTS Fellows interned in the past?
ABC National Television Sales
ABC’s “Good Morning America”
Al Jazeera English
AMC Networks
AOL
Bloomberg Media
Branded Entertainment Network (BEN)
BRAVO
BrightLine
CBS Interactive
CBS News
CBS Radio
CBS Television Station Sales
CNBC
CNN
Comedy Central
CoxReps
Creative Artists Agency (CAA)
Deep Focus
DIRECTV
Discovery Communications
Disney ABC Television
Entercom
ESPN
EPIX Entertainment
Facebook
Fox Networks
Freeform
Fullscreen
Fuse TV
Giant Spoon
Google
Great Big Story
Grey NY
GroupM
Half Yard Productions
Havas Media
HBO
Hearst Television
Horizon Media
Huffpost
Initiative
Interpublic Group
iNvolved Media
Ish Entertainment
ITV Studios America
Katz Media Group
Logo TV
MediaCom
MediaVest
MediaVillage
MLB.com – Fan Cave
MSNBC
MTV News
National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS)
NBC Sports
NBC’s “Nightly News”
NBCUniversal
New York 1 News
Nick Jr.
Nickelodeon
Nielsen
Ogilvy & Mather
Part2 Pictures
PHD
Radical Media
Sesame Workshop
Sharp Entertainment
Simulmedia
Sinclair Broadcast Group
Sony Music Group
Spotify
Starfish Media Group
TED
The Ad Council
Tremor Video
Turner
TVB
Unilever
Verve Mobile
VH1’s “Big Morning Buzz Live”
Viacom
WABC Radio and TV
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
WCBS News (Special Broadcasts)
Wee Beastie
Westwood One
Wieden + Kennedy
WNET – Channel 13
WNYC
WOR Radio
WPIX News
Young & Rubicam (Y&R)
ZenithOptimedia

For complete profiles on the class of 2018 please click here: 2018 FELLOW BIOS

2018 IRTS SUMMER FELLOWS

Victoria Alsina, University of Florida, IRTS Summer Fellowship sponsored by Hearst Television
Charlie Austin, Colorado College, The IRTS Perry Sook Fellowship sponsored by TVB
Stephanie Barahona, University of Florida, IRTS Summer Fellowship sponsored by Active International
Armoni Boone, City College of New York, The IRTS Thom Casadonte Memorial Fellow sponsored by Bloomberg
Tiffany Boyd
, Alabama A&M University, IRTS Summer Fellowship sponsored by CBS Television Station Sales*
Amanda Brown, Temple University, IRTS Summer Fellowship sponsored by Facebook
Lauren Carlson, Ithaca College, The IRTS Ari Bluman Memorial Fellowship sponsored by GroupM
Shannese Charles, Brooklyn College, The IRTS Brooklyn College Fellowship sponsored by Scott Herman
Shani Chen, University of Southern California, IRTS Summer Fellowship sponsored by Turner
Danielle Clark, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, IRTS Summer Fellowship sponsored by Sinclair Broadcast Group
Justin Crawford, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, The IRTS University of Tennessee, Knoxville Fellowship sponsored by Larry Patrick
Antonellie Delacruz, Plattsburgh State University, IRTS Summer Fellowship sponsored by Debra O’Connell & Jason Krebs*
Kalyn Des Jardins, Syracuse University, The IRTS Joyce Tudryn 35th Anniversary Fellowship sponsored by Rajah Maples
Jochebed Fekadu, University of Texas at Austin, The Mark Mackenzie Memorial Fellowship sponsored by Friends of Mark Mackenzie
Alyssa Garza, University of Houston, IRTS Summer Fellowship sponsored by Former IRTS Fellows
Sahara Gipson, Temple University, The Helen Karas Memorial Fellowship sponsored by Dan Karas & Rick Sirvaitis
Donovan Harris, University of Georgia, IRTS Summer Fellowship sponsored by The Leibner Cooper Family Foundation
Leondra Head, Hampton University, IRTS Summer Fellowship sponsored by Rajah Maples
Jade Hebling, Emerson College, The IRTS Ari Bluman Memorial Fellowship sponsored by Unilever
Allison Holmes, University of Missouri, IRTS Summer Fellow sponsored by Turner
Deja Jackson, University of Pennsylvania, The IRTS University of Pennsylvania/David Levy Fellowship sponsored by Bruce Lefkowitz
Lucy Jayala, North Carolina Central University, IRTS Summer Fellowship sponsored by ESPN
David Jones, University of Florida, IRTS Summer Fellowship sponsored by Hubbard Broadcasting
Lindsay Matalon, University of Pennsylvania, IRTS Summer Fellowship sponsored by AMC Networks
Omkar Mutreja, Syracuse University, IRTS Summer Fellowship sponsored by Simulmedia
James O’Connor, College of the Holy Cross, The IRTS College of the Holy Cross Fellowship sponsored by Crown Media Family Networks
Ashley Omoma, Lehigh University, IRTS Summer Fellowship sponsored by Derek Wan
Jennifer Onuoha, University of Georgia, IRTS Summer Fellowship sponsored by Facebook
Tiffany Onyeugo, University of Texas at Austin, IRTS Summer Fellowship sponsored by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
Sarai Ortiz, City College of New York, The IRTS City College of New York Fellowship sponsored by Betsy Frank
Marcellis Perkins, College of the Holy Cross, IRTS Summer Fellow
Joseph Rodriguez, University of Denver, IRTS Summer Fellowship sponsored by CBS Television Station Sales*
Veronica Salazar, University of Florida, IRTS Summer Fellowship sponsored by Horizon Media
Megan Stewart, University of Texas at Austin, IRTS Summer Fellowship sponsored by Fox Networks
Jaeda Stoute, Brooklyn College, The IRTS Thomas S. Murphy Fellowship sponsored by ABC National Television Sales*
Kevin Walsh, The College of New Jersey, IRTS Summer Fellowship sponsored by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
Sydney Williams, Howard University, IRTS Summer Fellowship sponsored by Google
Melody Wilson, Tuskegee University, IRTS Summer Fellowship sponsored by NBCUniversal

*IRTS Broadcast Sales Associate

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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 Thomas S. Murphy Fellow
The IRTS Neil Postman Memorial Fellow
The Perry Sook Fellow
The IRTS College of the Holy Cross Fellow
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