The Summer 2019 IRTS Fellowship Program is an excellent way to gain experience in the media industry and their application deadline has just been extended until December 2nd. The program places students in internships at top media firms in New York City, as well as providing educational and networking throughout the summer. Plus, the program pays for housing in New York City and includes a stipend! Wow!
Not sold yet? One of Emerson’s own, Jade Hebling, a Marketing Communication Senior, participated in the program this past summer, as Media Planning Intern with Mindshare and has some insider tips and info to seal the deal!
- Career Development: Why would you recommend the program to students?
- Jade: It truly defined my professional self, and I think I have grown immensely in my confidence in this setting as well. I gained an incredible network of executive and even C-suite level individuals working in media as well as a wonderful community of past fellows. They have provided references for me and mentorship, as well as incredible connections at companies like Google, Spotify, NBC and more. As long as you are willing to work hard and really throw yourself into the networking aspect over the summer, you will gain an immense amount of professional support and a group of incredibly intelligent people who will continue to push you to grow.
- Career Development: Any tips for student’s applications and/or interviews?
- Jade: I would go in with an open mind, and make sure you express a willingness to learn. Showcase a passion for diversity and inclusion, since that is a huge part of what the foundation is working toward. Think about why you are interested in media. I think being yourself and letting who you are truly shine in the application and interview is extremely crucial since they are also looking for people who will thrive in the cohort environment as well. Definitely prepare extensively for the interviews, and do as much research as possible into the mission of the IRTS foundation. I remember reaching out to a bunch of past fellows via LinkedIn who I used as resources to prep too.
- Career Development: What do they mean when they say ‘Media Boot Camp’?
- Jade: This refers to the initial orientation week at the start of the program, where you visit a number of amazing companies like AT&T, HBO and more. There are panels and sessions with industry leaders who provide wonderful advice for your future. We also presented ourselves at the “Newsmaker Breakfast” in front of thousands of professionals working in media and got to sit in on a board meeting where there was an opportunity to network with some of the most powerful individuals in the field. It was a whirlwind experience, and I was so thankful to have the cohort of 38 who asked the most inspiring and insightful questions.
- Career Development: Any other last thoughts?
- Jade: Make sure you put your absolute all into the application and don’t be afraid of really reaching for this amazing opportunity. Often, we are the only ones standing in the way of our own success.
Click here to learn more about past interns, the program, and the application process.
The deadline has been extended until December 2nd, don’t forget to utilize the Career Development Center as a resource as you prepare your materials. Schedule an appointment with us on Handshake and/or stop by Walk-Ins, Mon-Fri, 1-3pm, first come, first served 15-minute appointments.
Best of luck!