1. Develop a talented pool of qualified minority individuals from which the local media industry may recruit.
2. Promote various careers in the media industry.
3. Provide leadership development and soft skills training to participants.
4. Give minority high school students an opportunity to learn from experienced industry professionals.
This unpaid internship begins the summer after a student’s high school junior year. Students participate for one summer, interning for 15 hours per week for a minimum of four weeks at one media site. Possible internship sites include commercial production, cable television, government access television, newspaper journalism, website journalism and public relations.
Interns must also complete a summer project that gives them an opportunity to delve deeper into various aspects of media. Summer projects have included:
§ Writing a paper on “Stereotypes in Media” and monitoring local news stations for use of stereotypes in language and/or video.
§ Getting active in a local cause or organization and writing a letter to the editor of a local or regional newspaper. (Extra credit if the letter was published.)
§ Volunteering to write or produce a PSA for a nonprofit organization’s event or campaign.
§ Producing a mini documentary on a centenarian living in Cincinnati.
Careers in Media was founded in 2000.
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