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 attend or 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.
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
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!
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. The 'primary city' question in our application indicates where many opportunities have existed in recent years, and we are often expanding into new markets.
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.
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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