The IRTS is an industry organization of top media executives that also seeks to build future leaders and industry diversity through an educational program initiative. The group's recent annual Newsmakers Breakfast introduced the 30 students comprising this year’s IRTS Fellows program and presented a provocative panel of noted agency leaders moderated by Jack Myers, Chairman of MyersBizNet and also Chairman of the Board of the IRTS.
This year's Fellows are pictured below. See captions for their names, their sponsors and the companies at which they will be interning this summer.
(Left to right) Brian Robins, Georgia Institute of Technology, Interning at Facebook and Sponsored by Facebook. Raha Maalin, College of the Holy Cross, Interning at Unilever and Sponsored by Unilever. Nicole Godreau, Ithaca College, Interning at Spotify, Nicole is the IRTS Helen Karas Memorial Fellow sponsored by Rick Sirvaitis. Mylan Jefferson, University of Notre Dame, Interning at Facebook and Sponsored by Facebook.
(Above, left to right) Nia Testamark, American University, Interning at MediaVillage, Nia is the IRTS Neil Postman Memorial Fellow sponsored by Jack Myers. Malik Johnson, Monmouth University, Interning at CNBC and Sponsored by CNBC. Braxton Jones, Kansas State University, Interning at CBS News, Sponsored by Rajah Maples. Danielle Brooks, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Interning with ABC National Television Sales, Danielle is the IRTS Thomas S. Murphy Fellow sponsored by ABC National Television Sales. Amala Okpala, University of Southern California, Interning with Horizon Media and Sponsored by Horizon Media.
(Above, left to right) Robert Storey, Syracuse University, Interning at Giant Spoon and Sponsored by Giant Spoon. KaraAnne Galante, Brooklyn College, Interning with CBS Radio WFAN, KaraAnne is the IRTS Brooklyn College Fellow sponsored by Scott Herman. John Byon, University of Pennsylvania, Interning at Initiative, John is the IRTS Joe Cohen/University of Pennsylvania Fellow sponsored by Bruce Lefkowitz. Alana Martinez, Florida International University, Interning at GroupM, Alana is the IRTS Ari Bluman Memorial Fellow sponsored by GroupM.
(Above, left to right) Carlamarie Rodriguez, Columbia University, Interning at Nielsen, Carlamarie is the IRTS Joanne Mercado Memorial Fellow sponsored by Nielsen. Fred Wilson, Howard University, Interning at MTV, Sponsored by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Daquan Thomas, Syracuse University, Interning at Creative Artists Agency (CAA), Sponsored by Fox Networks.
(Above, left to right) Brendan Shyrer, City College of New York, Interning at Young & Rubicam, Brendan is the IRTS City College of New York Fellow sponsored by Betsy Frank. Cathy Zhao, Colby College, Interning at Fullscreen, sponsored by Peggy Green. Timothy Tukes, Morehouse College, Interning with NBCU's Today.com, Timothy is the IRTS Donald V. West Fellow sponsored by the Library of American Broadcasting Foundation. Nicole Hall, University of Florida, Interning at BlackFin, Sponsored by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
(Above, left to right) Dana Hilgers, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Interning at Turner and Sponsored by Turner. Kyle James, Ithaca College, Interning at Havas Media and Sponsored by Havas Media. Omar Wilson, Morehouse College, Interning at CBS Television Station Sales, Omar is the IRTS Sumner M. Redstone Fellow sponsored by CBS Television Station Sales.
(Above, left to right) Steven Baron, Saint Joseph's University, Interning at Wee Beastie, Steven is the IRTS Mel Karmazin Fellow. Akiah Singfield, Howard University, Interning at NBCUniversal Ad Sales, Sponsored by NBCUniversal. Amy Dai, University of Southern California, Interning at Simulmedia, Sponsored by Simulmedia.
(Above, left to right) Katharine Callahan, The College of New Jersey, Interning at Verve Mobile, Sponsored by Verve Mobile. Chandler Condrone, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Interning at Bloomberg, Chandler is the IRTS Thom Casadonte Memorial Fellow sponsored by Bloomberg. Micah Minter, University of Arkansas, Interning at CBS Television Station Sales, Micah is the IRTS Leslie Moonves Fellow sponsored by CBS Television Station Sales. Margie Smith, College of the Holy Cross, Interning at Tremor Video, Margie is the IRTS College of the Holy Cross Fellow sponsored by Crown Media Family Networks. Brian Robins, Georgia Institute of Technology, Interning at Facebook, Sponsored by Facebook.
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