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Meet the SJMC’s 2020 MAIP fellows

Posted April 22, 2020
By Rebekah Friedman, communications manager,, 803-576-7270 

Three School of Journalism and Mass Communications seniors have been selected to participate in the highly competitive MAIP program, a 22-week nationwide fellowship that helps aspiring marketing professionals launch their careers.

Multicultural Advertising Internship Program fellows receive professional development opportunities through virtual spring training, one-on-one coaching and labs. They also network with program’s alumni and advertising industry leaders. 

The program typically offers each student a paid summer experience at top advertising agencies such as 22squared, Edelman, Havas, FCB Health, Goodby, SIlverstein and Partners and Mindshare. Though these in-person MAIP internships were canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, the program will still provide participants with a virtual program to simulate a similar experience.

South Carolina’s 2020 MAIP fellows are:

Barron Coleman

Barron Coleman, senior advertising major

Placed with MindShare in Chicago
Hometown: Irmo, South Carolina

Dream job? Either working as a media planner for an advertising agency or in-house for a nonprofit helping them reach their audience and make a difference in local communities and around the world.

“The CIC has helped prepare me for this by providing a diversified learning experience. I will frequently need to wear multiple ‘hats,’ so to speak, throughout my professional career regardless of where I choose to work. By encouraging myself and other advertising students to take classes that focus on many different aspects of advertising industry, I've been able to understand my true passions and increase my skill set tremendously.”

Josh German

Josh German, senior mass communications major/informatics minor

Placed with Goodby, Silverstein and Partners in San Francisco
Hometown: Irmo, South Carolina

Dream job? Founder/owner/chairman of a media agency conglomerate.

“The CIC helped prepare me for this program due to the sheer number of talented people and high-level individuals walking through the halls of the J-school and Davis College. Both my major and minor are inside of the CIC, so I have gotten a great dose of all the college has to offer, and one of the best resources the college has to offer are the great minds of the people that make up the college in its two schools. Students and faculty alike, there are so many places that I can turn if I have a question or an idea that I want to cultivate. The level of diversity that is represented inside of the CIC is something that I have always valued and appreciated, and I fully believe this has prepared me to flourish in any and every environment that I step into, especially a program that highlights the essentiality of multiculturalism.” 

Quianna Nolan

Quianna Nolan, senior public relations major

Placed with Edelman in Chicago
Hometown: Greenville, South Carolina 

Dream job? Owning my own PR firm, tailored to helping small businesses grow.

My biggest wish is that this fellowship provides a life-changing experience. As someone who loves to learn, being in an environment surrounded by both seasoned professionals and other like-minded young learners will be one of the best starts in my career. The CIC has given me the best college experience I could have ever imagined. From the amazing courses and staff to the well-organized student organizations, I have been able to not only enhance my PR and communications skills but also receive my dream internship at the largest PR agency in the world. "


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