Established in 1989, the Emma L. Bowen Foundation is dedicated to creating career opportunities in the media industry for youth of color through programs that focus on scholastic achievement, direct work experience and professional development. Together with its 46 corporate sponsors, the Foundation currently supports more than 200 students each year through a multi-year internship program for students of color working at media companies across the country.
The Emma L. Bowen Foundation offers paid internships in the media industry for college-aged students of color. Opportunities are available for all functions & departments in media companies for high school seniors and college students of color.
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Sandra D. Rice
The Emma L. Bowen Foundation has over 25 Years' Experience Diversifying Media Companies
The Foundation was created in 1989 to prepare youth of color for careers in the media industry. The Foundation’s program is unlike traditional internship programs in that students work for partner companies for four summers, beginning after their senior year in high school through college graduation. During the four-year program, students are exposed to a wide array of corporate and media operations and gain crucial hands-on experience to prepare them for a variety of post-grad opportunities in the sector. Corporations have an opportunity to train and mentor students with the option of full-time employment upon graduation from college.
Students earn an hourly salary and matching scholarship funds for college expenses. Academic excellence is also a key component of the program—students are required to maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average to remain in good standing. The Foundation staff works closely with corporate partners to monitor each student’s academic and work progress. An annual summer conference, a mentoring program and a technical program are also provided to further enhance the student’s knowledge and experience. Resource guides for both students and corporate supervisors are provided to maximize the student’s experience and productivity while in the program.
This unique, multi-year program prepares a diverse group of talented young professionals to enter the workforce with specific job-related skills, knowledge of the corporate environment and a strong foundation for future advancement. Students work in a variety of functional areas (e.g., marketing, sales, finance, public relations, production, operations, human resources, technology, news, web design, promotion, etc.) and rotate each summer. Currently, we have more than 200 active students nationwide and 700 graduates. Approximately 60-70 new students join the program each year.