BUILDING LEADERS AND CREATORS

An independent agency internship community

Within you is a creative thinker ready to shape the world.

Our Mission:

To bring more young Black people into advertising, further prepared to thrive and lead.

Why Advertising?

This is an industry that can drive culture. It can tell stories. It can create conversations. It gives you an opportunity to do big, multidimensional, creative work that can shape the world we live in. Brands and audiences need to hear your voice and see your vision.

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What Is BLAC?

BLAC is an eight-week, paid, remote internship for creative thinkers that takes place at independent ad agencies across the country. Your first week is an immersion into agency life—a time for you to learn more about the industry, get inspired by creative thinkers from a variety of industries, and connect with your fellow interns from across the collective. After that, you’ll work within your individual agencies to do real, portfolio-worthy work for real clients.

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When It's Happening:

May 17 - July 16, 2021

Week One: CAMP

The first week of the program is an intensive agency immersion camp, giving you the chance to learn about the ins and outs of the industry, agency life, and skills you’ll use in your own agency during the next seven weeks. No matter your background, this week will help you get up to speed on what day-to-day in an agency is like.

During this week, you’ll learn about agency roles and the process of delivering great creative work. Workshops like Advocating for Ideas—Yours, Mine, and Ours and Pitch as Performance will help you get to know your fellow interns, build community, and help you prepare for the next few weeks. You’ll get to connect with inspiring creative leaders and thinkers from across the industry. And, you and your fellow interns will build an entire creative campaign—for a real client—that you’ll present at the end of the week.

And, that’s just the first five days.

Weeks Two Through Eight:

The rest of the internship will be spent at the individual agency where you applied—working on real projects with your fellow interns and the creative pros at each shop. Throughout your internship, you’ll have opportunities to reconnect with the larger group, building a community of creative talent you’ll be able to call on and work with for the rest of your career.

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How to Apply:

Check back next year.

Applications and placement for the 2021 BLAC internship have been completed. Check back early in 2022 for information on future internship opportunities and how to apply. We can’t wait to hear from you.

2021 Interns

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Alex Aikens

Alexia Walz headshot

Alexia Walz

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Alicia Wormley

Aneya Reynor headshot

Aneya Raynor

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Bianca Brutus

Camille Wright headshot

Camille Wright

Gemma Cross

Gemma Cross

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Jaydin Geer

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Jerrod Lester

Jordan Christian headshot

Jordan Christian

Justina McCormick headshot

Justina McCormick

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Kaitlyn Venturina

Kennedy Smith headshot

Kennedy Smith

Lauren Seroyer headshot

Lauren Seroyer

Lovest Watson headshot

Lovest Watson

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Luwam Gezai

Malaika Cesar-Nemorin headshot

Malaika Cesar-Nemorin

Maya McGregory headshot

Maya McGregory

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Satara Post

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Savannah Hogan

Seth Jones headshot

Seth Jones

Tashanee Williams headshot

Tashanee Williams

Thyrell Smith headshot

Thyrell Smith

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Tyra Bryant

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Vanessa McAlaster

BLAC Directors

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Sue Gillan

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Kimberly Vaughn

Participating Agencies:

East

Noble People

noblepeople.co
New York, NY

Burns Group

burnsgroupnyc.com
New York, NY

South

Cornett

teamcornett.com
Lexington, KY

Humanaut

humanaut.is
Chattanooga, TN

Preacher

preacher.co
Austin, TX

St. John

sjp.com
Jacksonville, FL

Midwest

OKRP

okrp.com
Chicago, IL

Planet Propaganda

planetpropaganda.com
Madison, WI

West

barrettSF

barrettsf.com
San Francisco, CA

DNA

dnaseattle.com
Seattle, WA

TVGla

tvgla.com
Los Angeles, CA

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 2021 is to hold our internship remotely, until we can safely get back together IRL. Things might be different in 2022, so stay tuned.

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?

You’ll create a two(ish)-minute video that shows or tells us what makes you a creative thinker. Then, email it to submissions@blacinternship.com along with your name and city. Applications are closed for 2021, but check back early in 2022 for more information about future BLAC internships.

Do I have to apply to a specific agency?

Yes. The city where you live matters because—even though we are remote in 2021—each agency will be "hosting" a certain number of interns. Interns will be placed in the agencies closest to their residence. But we’ll be reevaluating what this looks like for 2022.

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Join the Collective

Agencies interested in participating in the BLAC internship program in 2022, please email sue@blacinternship.com.