BUILDING LEADERS AND CREATORS

An advertising agency internship community

The world is missing out on immeasurable creativity when Black talent isn’t seen or heard.

Our Mission

To bring more young Black people into advertising, ensuring they can fully express themselves, find community, and ultimately lead.

Our Vision

Today, the advertising industry. Tomorrow, the creative and professional world at large. Wherever there is opportunity and lack of diversity, we seek to create change.

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What is BLAC?

BLAC is a twelve-week, paid internship for creative thinkers that takes place at ad agencies across the country. Interns participate in a shared curriculum with shared resources and projects, and upon completion of the program become part of a network of peers and agency leaders who will continue to provide support throughout their careers. We are a champion for the more diverse and inclusive advertising industry of the future and seek to inspire and be inspired by a new generation of Black talent. BLAC is committed to providing safe and comfortable environments where all voices are respected and heard.

BLAC in 2023

May 22 - August 11, 2023
Education +  Inspiration + Experience + Community

Intro Week: May 22 - 26 (1 week)
The national intern cohort gathers virtually for a full week of programming aimed to introduce them to advertising, agency roles, and countless Black leaders in the industry.

In Agency: May 29 - July 26 (8 ½ weeks)
Interns get to work in their agency placement, training in their job roles, participating in meetings, listening in on client calls, and helping with pitches to gain exposure and hands-on experience. Internship placements may be in-person, remote, or hybrid. BLAC staff gathers the national cohort 2 to 3 times a week for virtual Community Meetings for continued professional development and community-building experiences.

P&G Pitches: July 27 - August 4 (1 ½ weeks)
The interns are briefed by P&G brand reps. Working in teams, they’ll develop and pitch their creative concepts to national P&G brands.

Career Fair: August 7 - 11 (1 week)
Two full days of workshops, guest speakers, and work time for final resume and portfolio tweaks help prep the cohort to enter interviews and info sessions with hiring agencies and brands participating in BLAC’s Career Fair.

*Dates and timeline subject to change

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How to Apply

Applications for BLAC’s 2023 internship program will open soon! Please review the eligibility and application instructions below, and check back on December 16, 2022 to apply.

Eligibility:
Applicants to the BLAC internship program should

  • Identify as Black or BIPOC.
  • Be at least 18 years of age by the start of the summer program.
  • Be based in the United States.
  • Be fully available for the 12 weeks of the summer program, and able to commit 29 hours each week during standard business hours. *Accommodations will be made for students finishing their spring semester during the first weeks of the program.
  • Be a creative thinker and problem solver! This can mean many things. You might be artistically driven, like a writer or designer. Perhaps you’re more strategically creative, thinking two steps ahead and forecasting trends. Maybe you aim your creativity at navigating relationships, quick to offer solutions to keep everyone aligned and collaborating. All types of creativity are welcome!

To apply:

  • Create a two-ish minute video showing or telling what makes you a creative thinker and problem solver.
  • Check back soon! Applications open on December 16, 2022.
  • Submit your video, along with application responses, before the deadline (February 17, 2023).
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When It's Happening:

May 9 - July 29, 2022

2022 Participating Agencies

National

A/B Partners

abpartners.co
New York, NY

AMP

ampagency.com
New York, NY

Barker

barkernyc.com
New York, NY

barrettSF

barrettsf.com
San Francisco, CA

Burns Group

burnsgroupnyc.com
New York, NY

Cornett

teamcornett.com
Lexington, KY

DNA

dnaseattle.com
Seattle, WA

FIG

figagency.com
New York, NY

Haddad & Partners

haddadandpartners.com
Fairfield, CT

Humanaut

humanaut.is
Chattanooga, TN

Mind+Matter

mindplusmatter.com
New York, NY

MKG

thisismkg.com
New York, NY

Moosylvania

moosylvania.com
St. Louis, MO

Noble People

noblepeople.co
New York, NY

Odysseus Arms

o-arms.com
San Francisco, CA

OKRP

okrp.com
Chicago, IL

Preacher

preacher.co
Austin, TX

Response Media

responsemedia.com
Atlanta, GA

The Escape Pod

theescapepod.com
Chicago, IL

Unfold

unfoldagency.com
Los Angeles, CA

Upshot

upshot.agency
Chicago, IL

East

South

Midwest

Staff

Nicolet Gatewood - Headshot

Nicolet Gatewood
Executive Director, BLAC

BLAC Board of Directors

Jamie BarrettJamie Barrett
Executive Creative Director & Partner, Barrett
Paulo CarvajalPaulo Carvajal
Chief Strategy Officer & Head of Innovation, Noble People
Asmirh DavisAsmirh Davis
Founding Partner & Chief Strategy Officer, Majority
Nicolet GatewoodNicolet Gatewood
Executive Director, BLAC
Christy HilerChristy Hiler
President & Owner, Cornett
Toni LeeToni Lee
President, TL Communications
Ashley Richardson-GeorgeAshley Richardson-George
Partner & Chief Content Officer, Circus Maximus
Avigail SchlosserAvigail Schlosser
Chief Financial Officer, OKRP
Chris WitherspoonChris Witherspoon
President & CEO, DNA

Frequently Asked Questions:

Who can apply to BLAC?

You! If you’re a creative thinker, a problem solver, a writer, an artist, a strategist, a storyteller, you have a place here.

Do I need to be a marketing/advertising major?

No. We know talent comes from everywhere, and everyone is welcome to apply, regardless of background or age. Our camp week is designed to help everyone get up to speed and ready to jump into the workflow of an agency for the rest of the internship.

Do I need agency experience?

Nope. See above. This is your chance to get agency experience. We all start somewhere.

Is this remote or in person?

Our plan for 2022 is to hold our internship primarily remote, but give opportunities to come together IRL, when possible.

Is this paid?

Absolutely. Each agency will set their own pay rate, but every hour of the program will be paid.

What do I need to do to apply?

Create a two(ish)-minute MP4 video showing and/or telling what makes you a creative thinker and problem solver. Then email your MP4 video to submissions@blacinternship.com by March 18. In your email, please be sure to include following: your full name, phone number, city you'll be living in (or closest to) during the dates of the internship and let us know how you heard about the program.

We will accept submissions until March 18. We will review applications and conduct interviews the last two weeks of March.

Do I have to apply to a specific agency?

Yes. The city where you live matters because—even though we are mostly remote—each agency will be "hosting" a certain number of interns. Interns will be placed in the agencies closest to their residence.

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Want to support BLAC as an agency or brand? Email nicolet@blacinternship.org