2017 Summer Fellowship Program


When: June 4 – August 5, 2017 
Where: New York, New York

The general application deadline has passed. All applicants will receive word on whether they will advance to the next round no later than January 20th. 

  • 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!


The 2017 application is live! Please click the red button below for the application portal.

Applications Due: Thursday, December 1st by midnight Eastern Standard Time.

 Those submitting applications by the deadline will be alerted if they advance to the 2nd round no later than January 20, 2017.


Expense-Paid Opportunity: Travel, housing, and living allowance included.
Eligibility: Extremely competitive. Students must be college juniors, seniors, or graduate students as of April 2017.
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.
Where have IRTS Fellows interned in the past? (These are just some examples.)

AMC Networks
Horizon Media
Young & Rubicam
Tremor Video
Giant Spoon
Verve Mobile
Havas Media
CBS News
ABC’s “Good Morning America”
Sony Music Group
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Creative Artists Agency (CAA)
Interpublic Group
CBS Radio
Katz Media Group
ABC National Television Sales
CBS Television Station Sales
New York 1 News
MTV News
VH1’s “Big Morning Buzz Live”
Ogilvy & Mather
Comedy Central
Sesame Workshop
ESPN Research & Sales
Fox News Channel
WABC Radio and TV
Westwood One
Grey NY
Nick Jr.
WCBS News (Special Broadcasts)
Wee Beastie
ITV Studios America
MLB.com – Fan Cave
CBS Interactive
Half Yard Productions
WOR Radio
Logo TV
Radical Media
Al Jazeera English
Ish Entertainment
Sharp Entertainment
Deep Focus
Discovery Communications
The Ad Council
NBC Sports
Wieden + Kennedy
NBC’s “Nightly News”
Fuse TV
WNET – Channel 13
Part2 Pictures

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.

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, Originals Marketing at Netflix

“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 Senior Marketing Manager, 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.

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 Senior Field Producer at ELLE Magazine

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

For complete profiles on the class of 2016 please click here: 2016 FELLOW BIOS


Steven Baron, Saint Joseph’s University, The IRTS Mel Karmazin Fellow
Danielle Brooks, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, The IRTS Thomas S. Murphy Fellow sponsored by ABC National Television Sales*
John Byon, University of Pennsylvania, The IRTS Joe Cohen/University of Pennsylvania Fellow sponsored by Bruce Lefkowitz
Katharine Callahan, The College of New Jersey, IRTS Summer Fellowship sponsored by Verve Mobile
Chandler Condrone, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, The IRTS Thom Casadonte Memorial Fellow sponsored by Bloomberg
Amy Dai, University of Southern California, IRTS Summer Fellowship sponsored by Simulmedia
KaraAnne Galante
, Brooklyn College, The IRTS Brooklyn College Fellow sponsored by Scott Herman
Nicole Godreau, Ithaca College, The IRTS Helen Karas Memorial Fellow sponsored by Rick Sirvaitis
Nicole Hall, University of Florida, IRTS Summer Fellowship sponsored by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
Dana Hilgers, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, IRTS Summer Fellowship sponsored by Turner
Kyle James, Ithaca College, IRTS Summer Fellowship sponsored by Havas Media
Mylan Jefferson, University of Notre Dame, IRTS Summer Fellowship sponsored by Facebook
Malik Johnson, Monmouth University, IRTS Summer Fellowship sponsored by CNBC/NBCUniversal
Braxton Jones, Kansas State University, IRTS Summer Fellowship sponsored by Rajah Maples
Raha Maalin, College of the Holy Cross, IRTS Summer Fellowship sponsored by Unilever
Alana Martinez, Florida International University, The IRTS Ari Bluman Memorial Summer Fellow sponsored by GroupM
Micah Minter, University of Arkansas, The IRTS Leslie Moonves Fellow sponsored by CBS Television Station Sales*
Amala Okpala, University of Southern California, IRTS Summer Fellowship sponsored by Horizon Media
Brian Robins, Georgia Institute of Technology, IRTS Summer Fellowship sponsored by Facebook
Carlamarie Rodriguez, Columbia University, The IRTS Joanne Mercado Memorial Fellow sponsored by Nielsen
Brendan Shyrer, The City College of New York, The IRTS City College of New York Fellow sponsored by Betsy Frank
Akiah Singfield, Howard University, IRTS Summer Fellowship sponsored by NBCUniversal
Margie Smith, College of the Holy Cross, The IRTS College of the Holy Cross Fellow sponsored by Crown Media Family Networks
Rob Storey, Syracuse University, IRTS Summer Fellowship sponsored by Giant Spoon
Nia Testamark, American University, The Neil Postman Memorial Summer Fellow sponsored by Jack Myers
Daquan Thomas, Syracuse University, IRTS Summer Fellowship sponsored by Fox Networks
Timothy Tukes, Morehouse College, The IRTS Donald V. West Fellow sponsored by the Library of American Broadcasting Foundation
Fredrick Wilson, Howard University, IRTS Summer Fellowship sponsored by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
Omar Wilson, Morehouse College, The IRTS Sumner M. Redstone Fellow sponsored by CBS Television Station Sales*
Cathy Zhao, Colby College, IRTS Summer Fellowship sponsored by Peggy Green

*IRTS Broadcast Sales Associate