IRTS Summer Fellowship Program

About the Fellowship

The IRTS Summer Fellowship Program has played a key role in launching the careers of top media professionals for 50 years. Highly praised throughout the media industry, the IRTS Foundation’s Summer Fellowship Program has provided unparalleled access and education to diverse, aspiring young media professionals from across the country.

Throughout the 9-week Fellowship Program, accepted applicants will learn industry insights from top executives, mid-level managers at some of our industry’s most dynamic companies, and media professionals only a few years removed from Fellows’ current experiences.

The Fellowship will begin with an expense-paid orientation week in NYC (subject to pandemic status) followed by remote internships and virtual sessions for the duration of the summer.

The 8-week internship portion of the program that follows orientation week will be remote from your home base. This ensures a smooth uniform program as companies continue to transition to new business models where employees work from home part-or-all of the time and office space is being consolidated.

Most importantly, 2022 Fellows will have unparalleled access to the IRTS network, an incredibly supportive community of peers spanning more than five decades of Summer Fellowship alumni.

What You Get

The Program will begin with an expense-paid orientation week in NYC (subject to pandemic status). Fellows will have the rare opportunity to question a stellar lineup of industry leaders, gain key industry knowledge through panel discussions, and participate in group activities and events. Each Fellow will be assigned a dynamic, paid internship at a media company. Placements will be determined in Spring of 2022.

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Industry Insights

Fellows will gain a comprehensive view of the media industry through dozens of exclusive meetings with IRTS’ vast network of alumni, Board Directors, and other top media professionals.

Fellows will gain insight into how companies operate, how to navigate those organizations, and how to identify the types of people & opportunities best suited to launch their careers.

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Professional Development

Fellows will enhance their networking skills through numerous informational interviews with industry professionals.

Fellows will learn proper correspondence, portfolio and resume best practices, and many more professional skills through 1-on-1 meetings, all while exploring their career interests and learning about career opportunities they may not have previously known existed.

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Community Building

What sets IRTS apart, year after year, is its supportive, diverse community. IRTS will help 2022 Fellows build their own community of peers, while also engaging with the broader IRTS network.

Fellows will invest time not only in their own futures, but also in those of their peers. In getting to know one another, the Fellows will create a supportive and fun community over the course of the program.

Eligibility

Accomplished students from all majors, including advertising, business, communications, data science, information technology, journalism, math, production, public relations, etc., are encouraged to apply! 

You must be a current junior, senior, or grad student who has not graduated prior to April 2022.

All applicants must demonstrate a sincere interest in pursuing a career in the media industry, either through on-campus or internship experience, personal projects and work, or through their application essays.

Check back soon for the 2023 application!

Alumni Profiles

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Danielle Brooks, 2016
Manager, Digital Content, FOX Corporation

2018 Newsletter Profile

What was your first thought when arriving in NYC for the fellowship?
When I arrived in NYC, I imagined something comparable to how cast on The Real World must feel. I was about to spend the entire summer with strangers. I knew that I would have a ton of fun, but I also knew that my world would never be the same again. I knew that the journey would truly be life-changing, and I was right.

What does it mean to be a Fellow?
Being a fellow means that you are a go-getter, an overachiever, and a leader. Moving from a small media market to one of the largest in the world was very intimidating. IRTS gave me a greater sense of confidence. Before the fellows arrived, the organization's leaders and alumni saw light and promise in each fellow. Each person I encountered was excited about my future. I remember reaching out to TJ Bowden during the application process for the class of 2016. We had never met before, but his excitement for me was like the excitement one would have for a family member graduating from college. He assured me that the experience would change my life, and it did.
The IRTS impact now is even greater. The level of support we have for one another is unmatched. I have not witnessed a network as strong and as powerful as this one. Industry professionals have so much respect for the IRTS network. Yet, IRTS extends beyond the media industry. It is a professional resource as much as it is a personal resource. Because of IRTS, I have amazing friends who work at amazing companies in NYC and beyond. I met one of my closest friends in IRTS, and I will be in her wedding later this summer. Since the final day of the nine-week fellowship program, I have come to learn that being a fellow transcends nine weeks. The people, the memories, and the industry all mean much more to me than I could have imagined.

Describe your first few years in the industry:
I worked at Disney ABC Television Group. I enjoyed hosting events for clients. I had the opportunity to be a part of so many cool opportunities such as assisting with casting for the Bachelor, assisting guests at ABC's 2017 upfront party and hosting clients at the GMA studio in Times Square for ABC's annual New Year's Eve party. The leaders at DATG made work exciting for clients and talent.
Apart from hosting glamorous parties, I had an opportunity to serve many communities through Disney's VoluntEARs program and to work with several non-profit organizations in New York. One of the most memorable experiences was participating in Disney's partnership with KaBOOM! We helped the organization build a playground in the Bronx for young children. Helping that community brought so much joy.

What's a book you think everyone should read?
Outliers: the Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell

Advice in one sentence:
Never stop learning.

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Derek Wan, 2001
Director, Nonfiction Original Series, Netflix

2018 Newsletter Profile

Advice in one sentence:
The most instrumental people in your career may be the Fellows in your class.

Describe the Fellowship experience:
This is the summer to find your focus. The fellowship provides you the opportunity to explore every facet of the industry. In addition to the folks you meet at your internship, you will have access to a database of industry professionals who will give you advice, share their stories, and support you. Find time to connect with former fellows and others to learn about all the various positions out there. I landed at a cable network as a Production Assistant for my first job...I had offers in product placement, film production, and sales before I accepted the PA gig. I knew that TV production was where I wanted to be based on 30 informational interviews I did during my fellowship with experts in every field. The one question that I always asked in each informational was – What does your day-to-day look like? From there, it helped me rule out what I didn't want to do and helped me solidify and focus on what I was most passionate about. To this very day, I believe that having a clearly defined focus has been instrumental to my career.

Remember that time when…
Joyce shared insights on how to tango with giants. During our Orientation Week, IRTS' very own Joyce Tudryn gave a presentation titled, "Choreographing Your Career: How to Tap the Right Sources, Tango with Giants, and Waltz into a Job." Even though I didn't know what it meant at first, it was the single most impactful presentation of the summer. Once you identify your passion, the right amount of patience and persistence while networking will help you land the meaningful position that truly brings you joy. Get ready to tango!

Favorite thing about your current position?
The culture. You can find the Netflix culture deck online. If you have a moment to read it, you’ll know why.

What's something the next class should do while in NYC this summer?
If you have an opportunity, go to a Mets game as a group. Whether or not you are a baseball fan, it's a fun excursion...figure out how to get there, enjoy one of America's pastimes, and belt out "Take Me Out to the Ball Game!" It's a bonding experience I will never forget with my class.

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Omar Wilson, 2016
Sports Partnerships, Meta

2018 Newsletter Profile

Describe the Fellowship experience:
IRTS exposes young professionals to a vast array of opportunities within media that expand one's perspective on career options. From company visits to informational interviews; IRTS demystifies the barriers of entering the media industry while also providing students with the self-confidence to go out and achieve it.

What was your first thought when arriving in NYC for the fellowship?
I remember being so excited about spending nine weeks in New York and really taking advantage of the city, and the opportunity with IRTS. I had previously completed an internship in NYC, back in 2014, but due to cost, I had to commute from New Jersey. With the IRTS fellowship, I was proud to be able to get a taste of what it would be like being a New Yorker, and building relationships with my peers, who were also interested in working in media.

Favorite thing about your current position:
Working with my favorite sports brands on their Digital Marketing campaigns! Within my role, I act as an Advertising Consultant to sports teams and leagues across the NBA, MLS, NFL, and USTA, to name a few. By building relationships across each client's organization, I educate and train their marketing departments on Facebook's suite of advertising solutions while also leveraging industry trends to help them achieve their business goals.

What's something interesting you're working on?
Helping create a new Facebook program to provide 70+ Minority small business owners education and skills to level-up their digital marketing efforts through Facebook Advertising.

What's a book you think everyone should read?
Expect to Win: 10 Proven Strategies for Thriving in the Workplace by Carla A. Harris

2021 IRTS Summer Fellows

IRTS Summer Fellowship
Sponsored by DISNEY AD SALES
Jose Acosta
Florida International University
Disney Ad Sales

IRTS Summer Fellowship
Sponsored by AMC NETWORKS
Briana Anderson
Georgia Institute of Technology
AMC Networks

IRTS Summer Fellowship
Sponsored by BRIAN NORRIS & SEAN ROBERTSON
Haley Anderson
Ithaca College
NBCUniversal Ad Sales

IRTS Summer Fellowship
Sponsored by DISNEY AD SALES
Paris Andrews
Tennessee State University
Disney Ad Sales

IRTS Jerry Feniger Memorial Fellow
Sponsored by FRIENDS OF JERRY FENIGER
Harley Atchison
The University of Iowa
Glass Entertainment Group

IRTS Summer Fellowship
Sponsored by OMNICOM MEDIA GROUP
Gabriela Barreras
University of Florida
PHD

IRTS Summer Fellowship
Sponsored by BRIAN NORRIS & SEAN ROBERTSON
Bethany Bilewu
American University
VidMob

IRTS Debra OConnell Fellow
Sponsored by TVB
Kyle Bylak
Illinois State University
TVB

IRTS Summer Fellowship
Sponsored by JACK MYERS
Alondra Carmona
Middlebury College
MediaVillage

IRTS Summer Fellowship
Sponsored by DISNEY AD SALES
Alexa Charak
Emory University
Disney Ad Sales

IRTS Summer Fellowship
Sponsored by SONY PICTURES TELEVISION
Cameron Cirella
Ithaca College
Sony Pictures Television

IRTS Summer Fellowship
Sponsored by ACTIVE INTERNATIONAL
Brianna Clarke-Ellis
New York University
iNvolved Media

IRTS Summer Fellowship
Sponsored by THE TRADE DESK
Ariana Cobb
Howard University
Showtime Networks

IRTS Winnie So Memorial Fellow
Sponsored by UNILEVER
Stacy Fleurenssaint
The City College of New York
Mindshare

IRTS Summer Fellowship
Sponsored by NBCUNIVERSAL AD SALES
Catherine Gallo
Fordham University
NBCUniversal Ad Sales

IRTS Summer Fellowship
Sponsored by RANGE MEDIA PARTNERS
Amanda Gordon
New York University
TikTok

IRTS Mike Moore Memorial Fellow
Sponsored by ALEC GERSTER
Myles Griffith
University of Miami
Horizon Media

IRTS Summer Fellowship
Sponsored by WARNERMEDIA AD SALES
Shrusti Goswami
Rutgers University
WarnerMedia

IRTS Summer Fellowship
Sponsored by HORIZON MEDIA
Hailee Hammond
Seton Hall University
Horizon Media

IRTS Alyssa Small Memorial Fellow
Sponsored by FOX AD SALES
Antonia Hoyos
Sacred Heart University
FOX Ad Sales

IRTS Summer Fellowship
Sponsored by THE LEIBNER COOPER FAMILY FOUNDATION
Nathan Hyun
University of Southern California
CBS National News

IRTS Summer Fellowship
Sponsored by VIACOMCBS
Kyrah Kimbro
Michigan State University
ViacomCBS

IRTS Todd Siegel Fellow
Sponsored by BRUCE LEFKOWITZ
Michelle Lee
Columbia University
MSG Networks

IRTS City College of New York Fellow
Sponsored by BETSY FRANK
Bryan Lezama
The City College of New York
Day One Agency

IRTS Summer Fellowship
Sponsored by SNAP
Chelsea Li
New York University
Snap

IRTS Summer Fellowship
Sponsored by DISNEY AD SALES
Kerry-Ann Lombela
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Disney Ad Sales

IRTS Brooklyn College Fellow
Sponsored by SCOTT HERMAN
Gilda McCrann
CUNY Brooklyn College
Hit+Run Creative

IRTS Summer Fellowship
Sponsored by THE WEATHER CHANNEL
Adrian Micor
Illinois State University
The Weather Channel

IRTS Stu Olds Memorial Fellow
Sponsored by KATZ MEDIA GROUP
Claudia Moi
Baruch College
Katz Media Group

IRTS Summer Fellowship
Sponsored by RAJAH MAPLES
Norah Mulinda
University of Virginia
Bloomberg Media

IRTS Summer Fellowship
Sponsored by DPAA
Alejandra Nevarez
The University of Texas at El Paso
DPAA

IRTS Helen Karas Memorial Fellow
Sponsored by DAN KARAS
Christine Nguyen
Rutgers University
NPR

IRTS Legacy Fellow
Sponsored by IRTS FORMER FELLOWS
Chisom Okoye
Howard University
ABC Signature Current Programming

IRTS Summer Fellowship
Sponsored by DISNEY AD SALES
Victoria Orellana
University of Houston
Disney Ad Sales

IRTS Summer Fellowship
Sponsored by DISNEY AD SALES
Taylor Owens
American University
Disney Ad Sales

IRTS Summer Fellowship
Sponsored by MEDIA MONITORS
Anjani Patel
Wilmington University
Media Monitors

IRTS Summer Fellowship
Sponsored by DISNEY AD SALES
Asha Patel
Fairleigh Dickinson University
Disney Ad Sales

IRTS Summer Fellowship
Sponsored by ACTIVE INTERNATIONAL
Aishwarya Ramaswamy
Rutgers University
Broadbeam

IRTS Summer Fellowship
Sponsored by DEREK WAN
Melanie Riehl
Fordham University
CNN

IRTS Summer Fellowship
Sponsored by DISNEY AD SALES
Gabby Rodriguez
University of Texas at Austin
Disney Ad Sales

IRTS Summer Fellowship
Sponsored by JASON KREBS & DEBRA OCONNELL
Andrew Rogers
University of Virginia
Saatchi & Saatchi

IRTS Joanne Mercado Memorial Fellow
Sponsored by NIELSEN
Summer Senarath
University of Florida
Nielsen

IRTS University of Tennessee Fellow
Sponsored by LARRY PATRICK
Maria Takele
University of Tennessee - Knoxville
Streamlined Media & Communications

IRTS Summer Fellowship
Sponsored by DISNEY AD SALES
Martha Tefera
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Disney Ad Sales

IRTS Michael Kassan Fellow
Sponsored by MEDIALINK
Danielle Vivas
Georgia College & State University
MediaLink

IRTS Summer Fellowship
Sponsored by OMNICOM MEDIA GROUP
Brian Woolfolk
University of Georgia
Omnicom

IRTS Summer Fellowship
Sponsored by PROHASKA CONSULTING
T’kheya Yisrael
Stony Brook University
Prohaska Consulting

IRTS Summer Fellowship
Sponsored by VIACOMCBS
Ren Yoon
Barnard College
ViacomCBS

IRTS Summer Fellowship
Sponsored by NATHAN & CHRISTINA MURPHY
Kevin Zeno
University of Pennsylvania
VidMob

Previous Placements

Our Fellows have learned from some of the most prestigious organizations in the industry.

ABC News Good Morning America
Al Jazeera English
AMC Networks
AOL
Bloomberg Media
Branded Entertainment Network (BEN)
BRAVO
BrightLine
CBS Interactive
CBS News
Station Sales
CNBC
CNN
Comedy Central
CoxReps
Creative Artists Agency (CAA)
Deep Focus
DIRECTV
Discovery Communications
Disney Advertising Sales

Entercom
ESPN
EPIX Entertainment
Facebook
Fox Networks
Freeform
Fullscreen
Fuse TV
Giant Spoon
Google
Great Big Story
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
Part2 Pictures
PHD
Radical Media
Sesame Workshop
Sharp Entertainment
Simulmedia
Sinclair Broadcast Group
Sony Music Group
Spotify
Soledad O’Brien Productions
TED

The Ad Council
Tremor Video
TVB
Unilever
Verve Mobile
VH1’s Big Morning Buzz Live
ViacomCBS
VMLY&R
WABC Radio & TV
Walt Disney Studios
WarnerMedia
WCBS News
Wee Beastie
Westwood One
Wieden + Kennedy
WNET – Channel 13
WNYC
WOR Radio
WPIX News
ZenithOptimedia

Alumni Testimonials

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 Host, "Daily Blast LIVE"

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 Marketing Lead, Consumer Products 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. 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 Creative Executive (Kids) for MTP, Inc., at Google, Youtube

That summer changed my life. The Fellowship 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 Team Lead at 10up

Applications are due each February

You can be a part of this incredible program. Check back soon for next year's application!

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