2019 LABF Giants of Broadcasting luncheon banner (title, date, & honorees listed)
2017 Fellows laughing with Richard Leibner & Crystal Johns at UTA

Our Next Academic Program


May 31 – August 1st ♦ New York City

The Summer Fellowship Program, the most notable student out-reach effort of the IRTS Foundation, teaches up-and-coming communicators the realities of the business world through an expense-paid fellowship, which includes practical experience and career-planning advice. Each year college juniors, seniors and graduate students are selected nationwide to participate in the nine-week Summer Fellowship Program.

The Program begins with an extensive one-week orientation to broadcasting, cable, advertising, and interactive media. Fellows have a rare opportunity to question industry professionals at panels, lectures, and group discussions. They also take related field trips and learn career planning, networking and interviewing skills by attending industry social functions.

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 nine-week Fellowship. Fellows are then able to reinforce or redefine specific career goals before settling into a permanent job in the media industry.

The 2020 Summer Fellowship Program application has closed.

Please return next year in the fall to apply.


2017 IRTS Summer Fellow Jackson Kurtz & his sponsor, Richard Leibner, with Joyce Tudryn of IRTS, at United Talent Agency (UTA)

IRTS Foundation Receives Major Gift from the Leibner-Cooper Family Foundation

Annual Summer Fellowship salutes the legacy of Richard Leibner and Carole Cooper to journalists. Click here to learn more and meet our inaugural Leibner-Cooper Fellow, Jackson Kurtz!

Helen Karas Memorial Fellowship

IRTS is very honored to name this Fellowship in memory of Helen Karas, who embraced our mission of building future leaders through mentorship and community for the entirety of her career.  We invite you to help us carry on Helen’s legacy of making future dreams come true by supporting IRTS Summer Fellowships for students from across the nation with an interest in learning more about the media industry.

Michelle Nwokedi, a 2017 IRTS Summer Fellow, with her sponsor, IRTS Board Member Bruce Lefkowitz

Bruce Lefkowitz Salutes His Mentors Through Annual Fellow Sponsorship

IRTS is thrilled to announce Bruce Lefkowitz will be sponsoring an IRTS Summer Fellow in honor of mentors. To date, Bruce has named his sponsored Fellowship in honor Michael Brochstein, Joe Cohen, David Levy, Todd Siegel, and Lou LaTorre, all of whom have been mentors to Bruce throughout his career. Bruce is the former EVP of Ad Sales at Fox Networks Group and current President of Six Pack Media LLC.

Mark Mackenzie headshot

Mark Mackenzie Memorial Fellowship

IRTS is very honored to name this Fellowship in memory of Mark Mackenzie, who embraced our mission of building future leaders throughout his career.  We invite you to help us carry on his legacy of making future dreams come true by supporting IRTS Summer Fellowships for students from his beloved alma mater–University of Texas.

Quote from 2011 IRTS Summer Fellow Nicole Velez with updated title

Upcoming Programs

2019 Faculty / Industry Seminar

In an effort to bridge the gap that can sometimes exist between classroom and industry, IRTS provides an annual opportunity for university educators to meet with senior media and entertainment executives. Thanks to our partnership with the Consumer Technology Association™ (CTA), attendees have the added advantage of attending CES® 2019; the largest and most influential technology event on the planet, where industry leaders and rising stars come together.

2019 LABF Giants of Broadcasting Luncheon

An annual celebration of THE LIBRARY OF AMERICAN BROADCASTING FOUNDATION produced by THE IRTS FOUNDATION. Join us in celebrating the distinguished individuals who have for the past century been the creators, innovators, journalists, leaders, performers, and producers who have set the stage for the future of media.

Contact JOYCE TUDRYN at 212-867-6650, option 2, ext. 11 for tickets and inquiries into this year’s event.

Click for 2015 Summer Fellowship Photos

Fellows onstage at 2015 Newsmaker (2)

Click for Multicultural Career Workshop Photos

Click for IRTS Atlanta Career Day Photos

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