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 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 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 16 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 mentor program, there have been 167 paid interns and 31 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 application period is from November 1st to March 31st. On April 20th the Foundation announces the summer LCIF interns on this website.


Please click below to download the application and mail the appropriate documents to the following address:

Louis Carr Internship Foundation

P.O Box 81859

Chicago, IL 60681



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Testimonials from real interns.


The networking that I received via LCIF and the media guru himself, Louis Carr, were unmatched.

The advice and resources that I obtained during my time as a LCIF intern are priceless, and will forever be appreciated tremendously.

I will forever be grateful to Mr. Carr and the LCIF program for awarding me the opportunity to work at Walton Isaacson and make life-long connections with wonderful people.

This opportunity was truly a blessing. Working with the executives in the company as well as those within my cohort made my experience nothing short of amazing. 

LCIF Alumni



BET Networks | Burrell Communications | Fluent 360 | Walton Isaacson | Flowers Communications | Viacom 

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 offers 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 a LCIF Corporate Internship Partner? 

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Foundation Address:

Louis Carr Internship Foundation,

P.O Box 81859

Chicago, IL 60681

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