Providing Meaningful Job Opportunities for Minority Students in the Communications Industry
Louis Carr Internship Foundation (LCIF) provides 10 paid internships in communications to undergraduate students of color during the summer immediately following their freshman, sophomore or junior year of college.
Louis Carr established the not for profit, 50l(c)(3) Foundation in 2003 to increase multiculturalism and diversity in the communications industry. A veteran of over 30 years in communications, Carr knew that segments of the industry such as advertising, marketing, public relations and media sales were slow to develop the multiethnic workforces which reflected the changing racial composition of the USA and the challenges of multicultural global markets.
To ensure more minority representation Louis Carr, President of Media Sales, BET Network, structured the LCIF intern program with a two-fold mission. First, LCIF internships would give highly motivated minority students, who could not afford to take non-paying summer internships, a chance to get career-building experiences in top communications companies while earning needed money for college. Second, LCIF internship program would help companies to identify, recruit, and maintain a more multicultural workforce.
For over 10 years, the Louis Carr Internship Foundation has dedicated its efforts to improve diversity in corporate America. This invaluable foundation provides a platform for students of color to gain practical experience with paid internships. Since inception of his mentorship program, there have been one hundred and eighteen paid interns and 22 interns who have garnered full time employment opportunities in the marketing and media arena. The Foundation has partnered with a variety of the leading companies such as: CNN, Discovery Networks, McDonald’s Corporation, BET Networks, GlobalHue, Burrell, Uniworld and Walton Isaacson.
The application period is from November 1st to February 1st. On April 20th the Foundation will announce the summer LCIF interns on this website.