The Louis Carr Internship Foundation

Paid Summer Internship

8-10 Week

Virtual Placements

Deadline is April 2

The Foundation


The Louis Carr Internship Foundation (LCIF) provides 12 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 non-profit, 50l(c)(3) Foundation in 2003 to increase multiculturalism and diversity in the communications industry. A WayMaker of nearly 35 years in communications, Carr knew that segments of the industry such as advertising, marketing, public relations and media sales were slow to develop the multi-ethnic workforce 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 Networks, 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 communication companies while earning needed money for college. Second, LCIF internship program would help companies to identify, recruit and maintain a more multicultural workforce.

For 18 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 the inception of his mentor program, there have been 189 paid interns and 57 interns who have garnered full-time employment opportunities in the marketing and media arenas. LCIF has partnered with a variety of leading companies such as: BET Networks, Burrell Communications, CNN, Fluent360, McDonald's Corporation, Walton Isaacson, We Are Unlimited and Viacom.

The 2021 application period begins on March 2nd and ends on April 2nd. On April 20th, LCIF will announce the summer interns on this website.

Please click below to fill out the online application:​​

Online Application

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Partner Companies

LCIF Corporate Internship Partners are prominent broadcast and print media, advertising agencies, corporate advertisers, public relations firms and other communications-related businesses that provide:​

  • 8 to 10-week summer LCIF intern positions.

  • Structured internships that offer real-world work experience.

  • Meaningful skills enhancing work assignments.

  • Nurturing and supportive work environments.

  • Mentors who provide one-on-one career guidance.

LCIF Corporate Internship Partners will receive from the Foundation:

  • Pre-screened and qualified minority interns.

  • A coordinated mentor program.

  • Funding for stipends of summer interns.

 LCIF Corporate Internship Partners support the Foundation by:

  • Providing a summer LCIF internship position, and if possible, also underwriting all, or a portion, of the LCIF Intern’s summer stipend.

​Each sponsored internship allows the Foundation to serve more students of color who dream of careers in communications.

Interested in becoming an LCIF Corporate Internship Partner?

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