Our Next Academic Program

2017 Fellows laughing with Richard Leibner & Crystal Johns at UTA


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!

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.

Quote from 2011 IRTS Summer Fellow Nicole Velez with updated title

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