How do I know if I am eligible to apply?
You are eligible for the program if you meet ALL of the following criteria:
- You are a student of color (African-American, Asian-American, Latino, or Native American)
- You are a graduating high school senior OR a current college student
- You have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0
- You are interested in pursuing a career in the media industry
- You plan to attend a four-year accredited college or university
- You are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
- You speak and write English fluently
Can I save the application online while I work on it?
Yes. Once you have entered your name, email address and basic info, you will be able to save your application.
What should I do if I am experiencing problems with the online application form or cannot view the form online?
If you are experiencing problems with the online application, please send an email to the Emma Bowen team at firstname.lastname@example.org. You will receive a response within two business days.
What are the components of a completed application?
A completed application includes:
Emma Bowen Foundation Online Application For Summer 2017 (VIEW SUMMER 2017 SAMPLE APPLICATION) – Please complete the online application, which requests personal information, academic history, and an overview of your skills. Additionally, you will need to provide the contact information of your references. Take the time to carefully read the Integrity Pledge. Your signature on the application indicates that you have read and understand the importance of honesty and the pursuit of excellence in your academic and professional life.
LinkedIn Profile with Photo - You are required to include a link to a LinkedIn profile with photo for consideration into the fellowship program. Please view the pertinent FAQ below for additional information regarding the requirement.
Short-Answer Essay – You are required to write a short-answer essay of between 250-500 words on the prompt provided. The short-answer essay is to be uploaded to your application form. Your short-answer essay will weigh heavily in the selection process. Your writing style and attention to detail (spelling, grammar, punctuation, etc.) will help us evaluate your strengths and potential. For your convenience, the essay topic is listed in the pertinent FAQ below.
Resume – You are required to submit a resume. You will upload your resume to your online application. Remember to include your academic record, extra-curricular and community activities, any leadership position you have held, awards or honors, language proficiency, and any work experience. Please highlight any experiences you think may be relevant! We recommend reaching out to your high school counselor or college career center for assistance in crafting your resume.
- Recommendation Form from One (1) Reference – Your reference will be required to submit the form through the recommendation form link. You will need to include your reference’s contact information on your online application. Please proceed to the pertinent FAQ below for more detailed information about reference submission.
- Emma Bowen Foundation Online Application For Summer 2017 (VIEW SUMMER 2017 SAMPLE APPLICATION) – Please complete the online application, which requests personal information, academic history, and an overview of your skills. Additionally, you will need to provide the contact information of your references. Take the time to carefully read the Integrity Pledge. Your signature on the application indicates that you have read and understand the importance of honesty and the pursuit of excellence in your academic and professional life.
Who can serve as my reference? What is the process for my reference to submit the Recommendation Form?
Applicants are required to provide one (1) letter of recommendation in order to have a completed application. The Recommendation Form must be submitted by an academic reference or a professional reference. An academic reference includes a teacher, academic advisor, or guidance counselor. A professional reference includes such persons as an employer or leader of an extracurricular activity or volunteer group.
Your reference may provide us with a letter of recommendation that the reference has provided for you for another purpose, such as a college or program application. The document can be uploaded to the recommendation form. Please note that references may be contacted upon selection for an interview.
Your reference should only submit the recommendation form after you, the applicant, has submitted your online application. The recommendation form from your reference must be submitted within 3 weeks of the submission of your online application. You will receive a link to the recommendation form when you submit your resume. The recommendation form can also be found here.
Do I have to include a LinkedIn profile? What role does it play in my application?
You are required to submit a link to your LinkedIn profile for consideration into the fellowship program. At a minimum, and in consideration of time constraints, we require that your LinkedIn profile include a photo you would like to share with a professional network, “who you are,” and where you attend school. Work history and hobbies are also beneficial to include.
LinkedIn enables you to develop your professional online presence, cultivate your professional network, and assists with your job search. Many employers review the LinkedIn profiles of applicants. It is a valuable professional tool. Similar to a resume, your LinkedIn profile enables you to share your school, employment, and volunteer history, but with a broader network.
Please be sure to include an appropriate photo, and make sure to select the option to share your profile picture with 'everyone', as opposed to your connections or your network (see picture below). This is the only way we will be able to view your picture, and will also increase your visibility and findability in search engines. This will be key to your professional exposure!
Also, please follow the two steps below to find the correct profile link to share with us:
Step 1: In your LinkedIn account, click edit in the menu under your Profile tab.
Step 2: You can find the shareable link below your profile picture. This is the Public Profile link. This is the address you provide in your application.
Lastly, here is a video about creating your LinkedIn profile:
LinkedIn Tutorial 1: What, Why & The Basics
- LinkedIn Tutorial 1: What, Why & The Basics
What is the short-answer essay prompt?
Please write a short-answer essay of between 250-500 words in response to the prompt below. You must upload your essay to the online application form.
People of color represent more than 35% of the United States population, but only 22% of the local TV news and 13% of local print newsrooms are people of color; less than 7% of the advertising and public relations workforce is African-American, and television and film executive management are 90% white. At Google, Facebook and Twitter, less than 3% of the staff is Latino, and less than 2% is African-American. In a short answer essay of 250–500 words, tell us why you think it is important to continue to diversify these industries.
If I don’t have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0, can I still apply?
Given the competitive nature of the program, students with GPAs below a 3.0 are encouraged to improve their grades before applying. If you have the passion, we believe you can do it!
How can I improve my chances as an applicant?
While selection for the program is highly competitive, you can improve your chances by carefully completing the application, writing a strong short-answer essay, having a well-crafted resume, and providing a stellar reference. Applications that are incomplete or have significant spelling or grammar errors will not be accepted.
Most importantly, the earlier you submit your application, the more likely you are to be accepted into the program!
Do I have to be interested in journalism or media production for the program?
No, there are many opportunities for internships that focus on various areas within the media, such as sales, human resources, accounting, finance, law, public relations, customer service, engineering and information systems, as well as journalism and production. Our three tracks highlight the many areas in which our fellows intern.
How does the Foundation define “youth of color”?
The Foundation defines youth of color as students of African American, Asian American (including Pacific Islanders), Latino, or Native American descent.
If I were selected, would I work in my hometown?
Yes, all students are recruited locally and, if selected, would work for a media company near their home. Please use your permanent residence/hometown address as your address on the application.
Where does the Foundation recruit applicants?We mainly recruit in major markets, such as New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, but also have a number of opportunities in smaller markets. We have recruited in:
Eden Prairie, MN
Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY
San Antonio, TX
San Diego, CA
San Francisco, CA
San Jose, CA
Silver Spring, MD
St. Louis, MO
If I chose to attend a school away from home, can I still participate in the program?
Yes, if selected, the program requires that you work a minimum of eight weeks in the summer. You may attend any college you wish as long as you are available to work during the required time in the summer.
How do I know if my application is being considered? How long will it take before I hear from the Foundation?
You will receive immediate email confirmation that your application has been received. You will also receive email confirmation as soon as your recommendation forms have been received. If you are being considered for one of the Foundation’s fellowship opportunities, you will be contacted by the Foundation to schedule a preliminary interview, either in person or by phone. If you are selected as a finalist, an interview will be arranged for you with the sponsoring company. The sponsoring company will make the final decision. Most students will be notified of selection by the end of March. Since each sponsoring company has their own schedule for selection, however, it is possible that some decisions will be made later in the spring.
If I am invited for a preliminary interview, how do I prepare?
We suggest that you research the Emma Bowen Foundation through our website, review your resume, practice answering basic questions about yourself and your interests, read the newspaper or watch news broadcasts to familiarize yourself with current events. Be confident - the fact that you have been invited to an interview is a strong indication of your accomplishments and unique talents!
If I am invited for an interview with a sponsoring company, how do I prepare?
Use the tips noted above and research the company’s website. Prepare several questions for the interviewer based on your research. The questions should not be related to compensation. It is important to dress appropriately for your interview. Also, be sure you know exactly where your interview will take place and how long it will take to get there, allowing time for unexpected travel delays. Arrive at the interview at least 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment.
A thank you note or email after the interview will mark you as a true professional ... remember to get a business card before you leave!
Do I have a choice of what companies I can work for?
The Foundation attempts to match qualified candidates’ interests and qualifications with the requirements of our corporate partners. Given the limited number of opportunities, we cannot offer candidates a variety of options for placement.
How will I know if I have been selected for the program?
Upon selection, you will be notified by a sponsoring company representative and a Foundation staff member. Soon after selection, new Fellows receive a welcome packet via email.
How will I know if I have not been selected?
You will receive an e-mail from the Foundation as soon as the selection process has been completed if you have not been selected.
If I am not selected, may I reapply?
If you meet our qualifications, most definitely! Many Emma Bowen Foundation students were selected on their second try!
If I am selected, how many weeks am I required to work?
You will be required to work at least eight consecutive weeks in the summer. You and your new sponsoring company will discuss the start and end dates. You should expect to be prepared to start working at the end of May.
If I already have other commitments for the summer, do I have to work the eight weeks?
Yes. As an Emma Bowen Foundation Fellow, we will expect your first priority in the summer to be your internship through the Foundation and that you will meet the expectation of 8 consecutive weeks with your sponsoring company. Other commitments (family travel, school trips, etc.) will have to be conducted before or after your work commitment with your sponsoring company. If you have standing arrangements, make certain to discuss these with the Foundation if/when you are interviewed.
Do I have to provide my own transportation for work?
Yes. You will be expected to have reliable transportation and consistently arrive at work on time.
What other policies and procedures am I expected to know about the Foundation?
You will receive a student manual from the Foundation when you are accepted in the program. You will be responsible for understanding and complying with the Foundation’s policies and procedures while in the program.
How much will I earn while working with the program?
Each company sets their own hourly rate when hiring interns. A company representative will review that information with you when you are accepted into the program.
Emma Bowen Fellows are eligible to receive a need-based scholarship once accepted into the program. Scholarships are not guaranteed.
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