The 2020 Summer Fellowship Application has closed*

*Please return in late fall, 2020, to apply for next year’s program.

  • 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 IRTS Summer Fellowship takes place in New York City.




Expense-Paid Opportunity: Travel, housing, and living allowance included.
Eligibility: Extremely competitive. Students must be college juniors, seniors, or graduate students as of April 2020.
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.





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 Creative Executive (Kids) for MTP, Inc., at Google, Youtube

“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 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 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
Bloomberg Media
Branded Entertainment Network (BEN)
CBS Interactive
CBS News
CBS Radio
CBS Television Station Sales
Comedy Central
Creative Artists Agency (CAA)
Deep Focus
Discovery Communications
Disney ABC Television
EPIX Entertainment
Fox Networks
Fuse TV
Giant Spoon
Great Big Story
Grey NY
Half Yard Productions
Havas Media
Hearst Television
Horizon Media
Interpublic Group
iNvolved Media
Ish Entertainment
ITV Studios America
Katz Media Group
Logo TV
MediaVillage – Fan Cave
MTV News
National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS)
NBC Sports
NBC’s “Nightly News”
New York 1 News
Nick Jr.
Ogilvy & Mather
Part2 Pictures
Radical Media
Sesame Workshop
Sharp Entertainment
Sinclair Broadcast Group
Sony Music Group
Starfish Media Group
The Ad Council
Tremor Video
Verve Mobile
VH1’s “Big Morning Buzz Live”
WABC Radio and TV
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
WCBS News (Special Broadcasts)
Wee Beastie
Westwood One
Wieden + Kennedy
WNET – Channel 13
WOR Radio
Young & Rubicam (Y&R)

For complete profiles on the class of 2019 please click here: 2019 IRTS Fellow Bios


Jorden Albright, University of Tennessee Knoxville, The IRTS University of Tennessee Fellowship sponsored by Larry Patrick
Arman Alhosseini, University of Kansas, IRTS Summer Fellowship sponsored by Active International
Kaylin Bailey, University of Florida, IRTS Summer Fellowship sponsored by Brian Norris & Sean Robertson
Scott Bingle, Syracuse University, IRTS Summer Fellowship sponsored by WarnerMedia
Isabella Boccasino, State University of New York at New Paltz, IRTS Summer Fellowship sponsored by Derek Wan
Gianna Dryer, University of Florida, The Ari Bluman Memorial Fellowship sponsored by GroupM
Karen Felix, Cornell University, IRTS Summer Fellowship sponsored by Horizon Media
Jordan Guillory, University of Texas at Austin, IRTS Summer Fellowship sponsored by Facebook
Toni Hall, Prairie View A&M University, IRTS Summer Fellowship sponsored by The Weather Group
Cecil Hannibal, University of Southern California, IRTS Summer Fellowship sponsored by Rajah Maples
Evan Harris, Baruch College, IRTS Summer Fellowship sponsored by Simulmedia
Visaysha Harris, Georgia State University, IRTS Summer Fellowship sponsored by NBCUniversal
Malik Hassan, City College of New York, The IRTS City College of New York Fellowship sponsored by Betsy Frank
Estefi Herrera, Georgia College and State University, IRTS Summer Fellowship sponsored by CBS Television Station Sales*
Maruful Hossain, Brooklyn College, The IRTS Brooklyn College Fellowship sponsored by Scott Herman
Sam Houle, University of Florida, The IRTS Leo MacCourtney Fellowship sponsored by TVB
Cameron Hussein, Brigham Young University, IRTS Summer Fellowship sponsored by Facebook
Anna Khairi, Syracuse University, The IRTS Shobhit Taneja Memorial Fellowship sponsored by Unilever
Brenda Lopez
, Florida International University, The Thomas S. Murphy Fellowship sponsored by Disney Advertising Sales Local*
Olivia Lozy, College of the Holy Cross, The IRTS College of the Holy Cross Fellowship sponsored by Crown Media Family Networks
Natasha Martin, Spelman College, IRTS Summer Fellowship sponsored by Sinclair Broadcast Group
Stanley Miller, University of Georgia, IRTS Summer Fellowship sponsored by The Leibner Cooper Family Foundation
Muna Mohamed, Tufts University, IRTS Summer Fellowship sponsored by Debra O’Connell & Jason Krebs
Celeste Pane, University of Southern California, The IRTS Helen Karas Memorial Fellowship sponsored by Dan Karas & Rick Sirvaitis
Courtney Patterson, University of Oklahoma, IRTS Summer Fellowship sponsored by CBS Television Station Sales*
Deanika Preuss, Cornell University, IRTS Summer Fellowship sponsored by AMC Networks
Troi Ratchford, Morgan State University, IRTS Summer Fellowship sponsored by Fay Family Flying Pig Fund + New Blue Ventures
Lianza Reyes, Syracuse University, IRTS Summer Fellowship sponsored by Google
Miranda Roberts, University of Kansas, IRTS Summer Fellowship sponsored by Hubbard Broadcasting
Saket Sekhsaria
, Haverford College, IRTS Summer Fellowship sponsored by Medialink
Reed Shaw, University of Tennessee Knoxville, The IRTS Stu Olds Memorial Fellowship sponsored by Katz Media Group
Meghan Sowersby, Cheyney University in Pennsylvania, IRTS Summer Fellowship sponsored by Sony Pictures Entertainment
Jaelyn Swan, Hampton University, IRTS Summer Fellowship sponsored by WarnerMedia
Sierra Taylor, University of Texas at Austin, The IRTS Joanne Mercado Memorial Fellowship sponsored by The Nielsen Foundation
Vianney Torres, University of Texas at Austin, IRTS Summer Fellowship sponsored by Media Monitors
Tania Urquidez, Pennsylvania State University, The IRTS Mike Moore Memorial Fellowship sponsored by Alec Gerster
Melanie Vicente, University of Texas at Austin, The IRTS Mark Mackenzie Fellowship sponsored by Friends of Mark Mackenzie
Rachel Wang, University of Florida, IRTS Summer Fellowship sponsored by IRTS Former Fellows
Kendra Williams, University of Pennsylvania, The IRTS University of Pennsylvania/ Todd Siegel fellowship sponsored by Bruce Lefkowitz
Amy Zheng, Elon University, The IRTS Thom Casadonte Memorial Fellowship sponsored by Bloomberg

*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 Tennessee Fellowship Sponsored by Larry Patrick
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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