Emma Bowen Foundation Signature Programs

The Emma Bowen Fellows

The Emma Bowen Fellows Program provides multi-year internships to students of color at media companies across the country. Each student works as a paid summer intern from the summer before their freshman year of college through their college graduation, gaining significant on-the-job training in their field and making connections with colleagues and mentors that last a lifetime. Our fellows graduate with invaluable work experience and a head-start in whichever career they choose.

We work to educate and place our students in all areas of the industry, and focus on three programming tracks - the Business of Media (Sales, Public Relations, Marketing, Human Resources, etc.), Content of Media (News Production, Broadcast Journalism, and Print Journalism), and Innovation of Media (Engineering, Software Development, Digital Marketing, Coding, etc.).

The Link 2.0 Mentoring Initiative

The Link 2.0 Mentoring Initiative provides an intensive leadership development experience for Emma Bowen Fellows who show incredible potential for success in their careers due to their talent and tenacity. Each is assigned a mentor to help them reach that potential by giving them perspective on career decisions, workplace dynamics, and media industry trends. The Link experience culminates in a gathering for both mentors and mentees that emphasizes strategic and analytical thinking, decision-making, teamwork, communication, and innovation.

The Summer Conference

Each summer, current Emma Bowen Fellows gather with media industry leaders and Emma Bowen Foundation stakeholders for networking and professional development. The 2016 Summer Conference provided Emma Bowen Fellows with three days of networking, learning, and community-building alongside senior executives from many of the country’s leading media and technology companies, including the nearly 50 corporations nationwide that host Emma Bowen students as Summer Fellows. Conference speakers included leaders from a variety of media and technology companies, including lead Conference sponsors Comcast, CBS, NBC Universal, and Bloomberg. The 2016 Conference was also made possible through the generosity of the Walter Kaitz Foundation and Knight Foundation.

The Summer Conference is headlined by a career fair which gives our Fellows direct access to human resources staff at top media companies. In 2016, participating career fair companies included Atlantic Media, Cox Communications, Charter Communications, Hearst, Jopwell, Discovery Communications, CBS, and NBC Universal. 

The Emma Awards

In 2016, the Emma Bowen Foundation recognized outstanding fellows with “Emma Awards” to reward their hard work and inspire others to follow their lead. The 2016 Emmas were awarded as follows:

  • The Emma for Courage –To Olivia Richard for her decision to go to Colorado to cover the GOP Debate no matter the obstacle to give her fellow students and community a hands-on look at the event.

  • The Emma for Storytelling – To Kally Kasulis for her work as a freelance journalist for the Boston Globe – she made it a goal of hers to win this award and wrote herself a letter at last year’s Link Conference pushing herself to be published this year, which she accomplished multiple times over. 

  • The Emma for Volunteerism – To Haleigh Hoskins, who spent her Spring Break in Ferguson, MO working to register people in the area to vote, then took her effort back to Atlanta, where she continues to work towards local voter registration.

  • The Emma for Innovation – To Marnice Davis, who developed a consulting business, Impact Inspiration LLC, to help walk high-school students through the scholarship application process.

  • The Emma for Ubuntu – To Ty Greenwood, who has worked tirelessly to promote diversity on campus throughout his time at Washington and Jefferson College, from challenging the theatre department to select more diverse works to joining the admissions department to push for greater diversity in incoming students.

  • The Emma for Influencing – To Murugi Thande, who helped to raise over $25,000 in donations for children in her local communities through a series of promotional videos that she helped to create.

The Student of the Year Awards

Each year two students are recognized for overall excellence during the Emma Bowen Fellows program. The Student of the Year Award recognizes the achievements of the honorees over the course of their Fellowship, both in the classroom and in their summer intern placements. In 2016, Amon Jones and Mariah Whitner were honored as Students of the Year. Both Amon and Mariah showed the spirit of Emma Bowen throughout their time with the Foundation through their outstanding work quality; noteworthy professional and personal growth and integrity; academic excellence; creativity and initiative; and special contributions to their company, college, and community. Mariah was hired by her corporate sponsor, A&E. Amon, who interned for C-SPAN, will be joining the prestigious NBC Page Program.

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