TORCH Reflects on International Women’s Day: Inspired Change, with the help of TORCH alumni

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Our most recent class of graduating seniors began their TORCH careers at JWT, working on a project to create public service announcements for the not-for-profit organization Huru International.  In Swahili, Huru means freedom.  Huru International’s mission is to assist and empower adolescent girls by providing them with the resources and knowledge they need to complete their education and safeguard their health.  Huru has developed a high-quality reusable sanitary pad, produced locally and packaged into kits with other necessary products and health learning materials.  Huru Kits give girls the freedom to stay in school – a cost-effective, simple solution to a complicated problem.

An International Women’s Day update from Huru:  In 2014, Huru International announced the goal to reach their 100,000th girl with kits and empowering education.

On International Women’s Day, Huru would like to say asante sana (thank you very much in Swahili) to TORCH and the alumni who have helped to support their mission.  It is true – Together Our Resources Can Help!

Check out the videos below, created by our most recently graduated class of TORCH alumni during their first year in the program!  For more updates on Huru, check out their blog at www.huruinternational.org/blog.

Post written by Joy Lynn Alegarbes.

Meet the Greek by Caroline Mosley

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CarolineMosleyAs a TORCH alumna, I never knew how much my experience in TORCH would affect my college years. The hands on experience and dynamic projects TORCH students work on led me to seek something more out of my experience at the University of Miami. At many colleges, you can find any club and organization you can imagine, but, in my personal experience, the best decision I made was to join Greek life at “The U” and become a member of Alpha Delta Pi Sorority.

Being a member of a Greek organization exposes you to several facets of the professional world: marketing, recruitment, event planning, finance management, administrative duties, fundraising and networking. You can choose to be as involved as you want either by holding a position on the Executive Board or by participating as a general member. As a TORCH member, I visited several advertising agencies in New York, learned from many communications professionals and worked with high school students from different parts of the city. Those experiences helped build my confidence, and before I knew it I was applying to be on the Executive Board my first year in Alpha Delta Pi.

Each position taught me something different. I started off as Panhellenic Delegate, the liaison between Alpha Delta Pi and the rest of the sorority community at Miami. It is essential to network and collaborate with other sorority members in order to grow and learn different approaches to chapter operations. The following year brought new challenges. Recruitment Vice President dealt with marketing to several audiences in order to build a strong Alpha Delta Pi brand and ensure the successful recruitment of a new class. On the recruitment team is Philanthropy Chair, and as a Political Science major and Entrepreneurship minor I wanted to explore a field related to my career interest in social entrepreneurship. I had the opportunity, as Philanthropy Chair, to coordinate three fundraising initiatives and raise money for the families at Ronald McDonald House Charities.

             In my Senior year I knew that there was still so much more I could learn from Alpha Delta Pi and Greek life. I applied to be a Leadership Consultant for Alpha Delta Pi and was jet setting around the United States a few months later. Leadership Consultants travel to Alpha Delta Pi collegiate chapters all across the U.S. and Canada helping them with officer training, chapter operations, and leadership development. Traveling from California to Mississippi has opened my eyes to a huge network of sisters I can not only support, but also learn from.

This network will stay with me for the rest of my life, and I realize now that so will the TORCH alumni network. It is important to stay connected to the organizations we become a part of, like TORCH, by staying up to date on how the organization is developing and building personal connections with other alumni. I look forward to learning from and sharing stories with many more TORCH alumni!

TORCH Alum Jennifer Vasquez reflects on her experience at ADCOLOR 2013

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JenniferVasquezTORCH Alum Jennifer Vasquez, who now works at PR Agency Edelman as a Senior Account Executive along with fellow TORCH Alum and current TORCH Programming and Alumni Coordinator Francis Carrero attended ADCOLOR® 2013 in September. They both participated in the ADCOLOR® Futures Class. Launched in 2012, ADCOLOR® FUTURES is a program geared towards nurturing the industry talent of tomorrow.

Jennifer reflected on her experience on her agency’s blog: http://www.edelman.com/post/celebrating-diversity-at-the-adcolor-2013-awards-and-industry-conference/ .

Opportunity to work directly with Chief Marketing Officer of a global bottled water company

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This is a genuine opportunity for a real marketing experience that will provide learning and skills for career development. Responsibilities will provide a full spectrum of Assistant Brand Management experiences including entry level grunt work to higher level analysis, thinking and execution. The CMO is a hands on executive who values energy, talent, creativity, and the will to work hard. This person will be exposed to all levels of brand marketing, included in meetings with other company personnel. The goal is to quickly acquire the skill and confidence to lead specific projects.

The CMO seeks a person who is on a path to receiving an under graduate marketing degree with one year to graduation or a recent graduate. Applicants should be prepared to share grade average and present a letter of recommendation from two professors and the previous summer’s employer.

This position requires a full 3 month commitment from May 15-August 15. Individuals with “thin skin” and a desire to only work 40 hours per week need not apply.

TORCH Alum contact us at the office if you are interested in applying.

Paying Summer Internship at a top Ad Agency for rising College Seniors and Recent Grads for Summer 2013

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Don’t miss out on applying for an incredible internship in either the  in the creative department and broadcast production department at a major Advertising Agency this summer in NYC. The internship runs from June 4th – August 9th – $400/week – Deadline to apply: End of March

If you are interested in applying for the Creative Department you will need to submit:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • if you are interested in Art Direction: Portfolio (can be a link to view) and proficient in Adobe Suite
  • if you are interested in Copywriting writing samples

If you are interested in applying for the Broadcast Production Department you will need to submit:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • links if you’ve done any videos… can be link to view on YouTube

For full details: Contact Debi: debid@thetorchprogram.org or Francis: francis@thetorchprogram.org or call us at 212-929-9573

Lagrant Foundation Scholarship Program: $5,000 & Career Building Workshops with Industry Professionals in NY and/or Seattle

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The LAGRANT Foundation will provide 36 scholarships to ethnically diverse minority undergraduate and graduate students who are attending accredited institutions and are pursuing careers in the fields of advertising, marketing or public relations.images
Program Description:
Scholarship winners will receive $5,000 (undergraduates), $10,000 (current graduate Students) and a trip to either New York or Seattle where they will participate in career building activities. This includes a welcome dinner with a keynote speaker, a day-long career development workshop and a scholarship recognition reception and awards program. During these activities, students will have the opportunity to meet industry professionals, network and gain exposure to the advertising, marketing and public relations world.
Criteria:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Undergraduate students (current freshmen, sophomores, juniors and non-graduating seniors ONLY) and graduate students
  • Must be a member of one of the following ethnic groups: African American/Black, Asian American/Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latino or Native American/American Indian
  • Must be a full-time student at a four-year, accredited institution, carrying a total of 12 units or more per semester/quarter
  • Must have a minimum of 2.75 GPA for undergraduates & 3.2 GPA for graduate students
  • Must major in a field of study that has an emphasis on public relations, marketing or advertising or must minor in communications with desire to pursue a career in public relations, marketing or advertising
  • Must have at least one year to complete his/her degree from the time the scholarships are awarded

The deadline is February 28, 2013.

Visit for more information and for the application: http://www.lagrantfoundation.org/Scholarship%20Program

TV Academy Foundation’s 8 Week Summer Student Internship Program: Full-Time with Stipend

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Interested in Television? Check this summer internship out!

The program gives college students in-depth exposure to professional television production during an eight-week summer period in Los Angeles.

Interns work closely with their hosts and designated supervisors in order to gain maximum overview of the work process in their category.

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Eligibility/Rules:

  • Must be full-time student pursuing bachelor or graduate degree at a college or university in the U.S.
  • All positions are full-time (paid) for 8 weeks
  • Stipend of $4,000 for each intern
  • Interns are responsible for own housing, transportation and living expenses
  • Interns must have a car for transportation

Past hosts include:

  • ABC Studios
  • CBS
  • HBO
  • The Disney Channel
  • Discovery Times
  • Fox TV Studios
  • E! Entertainment
  • NBC Universal
  • Warner Bros.
       Internship Categories Include:

  • Agency, Animation,
  • Art Direction/Production Design
  • Broadcast News, Casting,
  • Children’s Programming
  • Commercials, Costume Design
  • Digital Entertainment
  • Documentary/Nonfiction Production
  • Editing, Entertainment News,
  • Legal & Business Affairs
  • Live Event Production, Marketing
  • Movies for Television
  • Music, Post Production
  • Programming, Public Relations & Publicity
  • Sound,Special Visual Effects
  • Television Directing, Television Scriptwriting
  • Unscripted Television

For More Info Visit: http://www.emmysfoundation.org/internship-programs

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