#InternshipSZN // Applying

If I had a dollar for every time I was asked, "How did you get that internship?" or, "What tips would you give to someone trying to break into the industry?" Understand this, I still see myself as working towards where I want to be. I have a stacked résumé, but I still don't know what I'm doing when I graduate and I would never lie and say I know exactly where I'm going and what I'm about to be doing. I'm grateful for my experiences.

 I WORKED hard and SEARCHED for everything I got.

Understand that no opportunities will come falling into your lap. But, because I'm me, I want to make it a bit easier for some of you. Let me complete your first step, at least. It seems like Summer '16 just finished and you think you have time to chill? Nah. Application deadlines for Summer '17 are usually December 1st because the interview process starts to take flight. Here are some programs that I recommend to my young and upcoming media moguls. Don't thank me, it's just me wanting us all to win. Good Luck! :) 

Keep in mind, there are a lot of other programs out there or you can go directly through a publication or company to apply for an internship, but these are programs that I know have had successful outcomes every year. These programs also have AMAZING partnerships and they're all paid. I know most of my readers are interested in the media or fashion, so I tried to find the best for those industries. Keep in mind, more applications come out as the year goes on, and I'll be sure to keep you updated! Stay tuned to the #InternshipSZN Series, I'll be giving you guys résumé tips, cover letter tips, and more. 

 

Time Inc.'s summer internship program is a 10-week program from June to August. The program gives you the opportunity to work with honorary brands like ESSENCE, InStyle, People, Sports Illustrated, Money, and more. For my girls that always DM and email me about an opportunity to work with ESSENCE, this is your chance. LaQuayle Agurs, Hampton University alumna and curator of got-mocha.com speaks on her Time Inc. experience, "Interning at Time Inc. for two summers was such a rewarding experience. You become more than an intern at Time Inc. You truly become a moving part in everything from the brand's culture to the latest issues that hit stands. The company truly believes in nurturing you and allowing you to get as much out of the program as possible."

Time Inc.'s summer internship program is a 10-week program from June to August. The program gives you the opportunity to work with honorary brands like ESSENCE, InStyle, People, Sports Illustrated, Money, and more. For my girls that always DM and email me about an opportunity to work with ESSENCE, this is your chance. LaQuayle Agurs, Hampton University alumna and curator of got-mocha.com speaks on her Time Inc. experience, "Interning at Time Inc. for two summers was such a rewarding experience. You become more than an intern at Time Inc. You truly become a moving part in everything from the brand's culture to the latest issues that hit stands. The company truly believes in nurturing you and allowing you to get as much out of the program as possible."

For my media moguls who are waiting for their break into the entertainment industry, this is your internship to apply to! Viacom is the home of BET, VH1, MTV, Nickelodeon, Paramount, and the list goes on. This is also a 10-week program from June to August. Mya Abraham, Blogger at Flux Unfiltered and Editorial Operations Intern at ILY is a Viacom Intern alumna and said, "My experience with Viacom was amazing. My favorite part was being able to attend the BET Awards in LA. It's always been a dream if mine to be able to work and be in Los Angeles and my internship made that possible." 

For my media moguls who are waiting for their break into the entertainment industry, this is your internship to apply to! Viacom is the home of BET, VH1, MTV, Nickelodeon, Paramount, and the list goes on. This is also a 10-week program from June to August. Mya Abraham, Blogger at Flux Unfiltered and Editorial Operations Intern at ILY is a Viacom Intern alumna and said, "My experience with Viacom was amazing. My favorite part was being able to attend the BET Awards in LA. It's always been a dream if mine to be able to work and be in Los Angeles and my internship made that possible." 

IRTS is a 9-week summer fellowship that prepares it's participants for major careers. Past IRTS fellows have been placed at Google, Facebook, MTV Live, ABC's "Good Morning America," and more. This fellowship is referred to as the "media bootcamp," but they accept all majors. A travel, housing, and living allowance is included. Can you say #goals? Nicole Godreau, a 2016 Ithaca College Graduate and alumna of the IRTS program said, "I would whole-heartedly recommend applying for this fellowship if you're interested in working in the communications field. I left the program confident in my skills and ability to make an impact and change the industry for the better." 

IRTS is a 9-week summer fellowship that prepares it's participants for major careers. Past IRTS fellows have been placed at Google, Facebook, MTV Live, ABC's "Good Morning America," and more. This fellowship is referred to as the "media bootcamp," but they accept all majors. A travel, housing, and living allowance is included. Can you say #goals? Nicole Godreau, a 2016 Ithaca College Graduate and alumna of the IRTS program said, "I would whole-heartedly recommend applying for this fellowship if you're interested in working in the communications field. I left the program confident in my skills and ability to make an impact and change the industry for the better." 

The BRAG Summer Internship Program is a 10-week intensive program designed for students of color who aspire to gain professional experience in the retail industry. Some of BRAG's partnerships include Bloomingdales, Calvin Klein, ELLE, Tiffany & Co., and more. This internship allows you to work in a corporate retail environment. Alix Thomas, a fourth year 5 year MBA major at Hampton University, an alumni of the BRAG program said, "My experience as a BRAG intern has allowed me to not only expand my network and gain an amazing internship, but to also surround myself with people that look like me in an industry that lacks diversity. They have been very instrumental in allowing me to gain the knowledge and exposure in the corporate retail industry."

The BRAG Summer Internship Program is a 10-week intensive program designed for students of color who aspire to gain professional experience in the retail industry. Some of BRAG's partnerships include Bloomingdales, Calvin Klein, ELLE, Tiffany & Co., and more. This internship allows you to work in a corporate retail environment. Alix Thomas, a fourth year 5 year MBA major at Hampton University, an alumni of the BRAG program said, "My experience as a BRAG intern has allowed me to not only expand my network and gain an amazing internship, but to also surround myself with people that look like me in an industry that lacks diversity. They have been very instrumental in allowing me to gain the knowledge and exposure in the corporate retail industry."

The American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) offers a 10-week summer internship program for print and online publications. Interns that are chosen report, edit, and fact check for publications and occasionally interview celebrities or attend red carpet events. Past interns have been placed at publications including ESSENCE, InStyle, People, Food Network Magazine, Playboy, O, The Oprah Magazine, and more. Alumni of this internship program have went on to grow their career with publications including, Vanity Fair, Glamour, Allure, Facebook, and more notable publications. I recommend this program to anyone who is extremely interested in working for the magazine industry because ASME has outstanding partnerships. 

The American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) offers a 10-week summer internship program for print and online publications. Interns that are chosen report, edit, and fact check for publications and occasionally interview celebrities or attend red carpet events. Past interns have been placed at publications including ESSENCE, InStyle, People, Food Network Magazine, Playboy, O, The Oprah Magazine, and more. Alumni of this internship program have went on to grow their career with publications including, Vanity Fair, Glamour, Allure, Facebook, and more notable publications. I recommend this program to anyone who is extremely interested in working for the magazine industry because ASME has outstanding partnerships. 

The Emma L. Bowen Foundation is an internship program for all college students (including freshmen) who have an interest in media. This special program allows you to continue developing your skills each summer of your college years. So, if you get this internship your freshman year you're set for every summer until you're a senior. This organization focuses on three tracks of media: The Business of Media, The Content of Media, and The Innovation of Media. Some of their partnerships include, Revolt TV, CBS, Warner Bros. Pictures, and more. For my extra young moguls who are looking for the perfect break in opportunity, here it is! I was actually turned down by them my freshman year, but it was because I wasn't serious. Be serious and know your information about the industry if this is something you really want, I would've told myself that if I could go back to my interview with The Emma Bowen Foundation. 

The Emma L. Bowen Foundation is an internship program for all college students (including freshmen) who have an interest in media. This special program allows you to continue developing your skills each summer of your college years. So, if you get this internship your freshman year you're set for every summer until you're a senior. This organization focuses on three tracks of media: The Business of Media, The Content of Media, and The Innovation of Media. Some of their partnerships include, Revolt TV, CBS, Warner Bros. Pictures, and more. For my extra young moguls who are looking for the perfect break in opportunity, here it is! I was actually turned down by them my freshman year, but it was because I wasn't serious. Be serious and know your information about the industry if this is something you really want, I would've told myself that if I could go back to my interview with The Emma Bowen Foundation. 

The T. Howard Foundation is another amazing program for minority students who want to work in the media industry. This program also runs from June through August and is open to all majors. The partners that the T. Howard Foundation are connected with include more notable companies including, the National Basketball Association (NBA), Viacom, ESPN, Inc., iHeartMedia, The Walt Disney Company, and more. 

The T. Howard Foundation is another amazing program for minority students who want to work in the media industry. This program also runs from June through August and is open to all majors. The partners that the T. Howard Foundation are connected with include more notable companies including, the National Basketball Association (NBA), Viacom, ESPN, Inc., iHeartMedia, The Walt Disney Company, and more. 

I hope this list of programs can help get you jump started for the Summer 2017 Internship Season. You may notice that a lot of companies may be offered through more than one program, and my advice to you is that if there is a company that you've always DREAMED of working with then apply to every program possible that is partnered with them. Good Luck in any applications you may fill out. Always remember to have your application stand out amongst others, proofread multiple times, and be yourself! The next #InternshipSZN post will be all about résumés and how to make yours stand out. 

xoxo,

Asia Milia