A partnership between Amazon Studios and Howard University designed to diversify the pipeline for talent across the entertainment industry.

In 2019, Howard University, in collaboration with Amazon Studios, launched Howard Entertainment, a bold new initiative to accelerate the diversification of the entertainment industry.  Far more than just an “internship program,” Howard Entertainment is a one-of-a-kind experience for Howard University students to train and study alongside entertainment executives.

This collaboration is centered around intentionality – being intentional about increasing and preparing the next generation of African American, Latinx, and Native American storytellers, casts, crew, and executives. It builds on Howard University’s legacy of accelerating the professional advancement of African American students and those from other marginalized populations, and of the demonstrated commitment of Amazon Studios toward the same goal.

About Howard Entertainment


Students must be a junior majoring in one of the following disciplines or majors: Fine Arts, Film & TV, PR, Management, and Marketing, or a second year law student. Candidates will have to complete an application, submit a letter of recommendation, and interview to be considered for the program.

How the Program Works

The Howard Entertainment program is an immersive, two semester experience that offers Howard University students the opportunity to take academic courses during the spring semester and participate in a fellowship in the entertainment industry during the summer semester. The coursework is applied toward the students’ graduation requirements and the fellowship provides much needed hands-on experience and an opportunity to make invaluable networking connections.

The Spring semester will be held on Howard’s campus. The Summer semester (internships) will be held in Los Angeles, CA at Amazon, The Culver Studios.

Dates of the Program  

Spring Kickoff: December 10, 2021
Spring Semester: January – May 2022
Summer Semester: June – August 2022

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Jennifer Salke
Head of Amazon Studios
“Amazon Studios has been working to create new pathways into the industry for talented students of all backgrounds and we are proud to team with Howard on this new program supporting aspiring entertainment leaders.”

Latasha Gillespie
Head of DEI for Amazon Studios, Prime Video and IMDb
“This program is designed to create an entryway for HBCU students to come into the entertainment industry and have a real impact. Our students are getting hands on experience working alongside industry executives, talent, and creatives to impact the stories we tell and change the faces in front of and behind the camera.”

President Wayne A. I. Frederick, M.D., MBA
President of Howard University
"The vision of Howard Entertainment is to offer a one-of-a-kind experience for students interested in all aspects of entertainment, from project greenlighting, to PR and marketing, to entertainment law and finance."


1. How can I apply & when is the deadline?
Students can apply to the program via the Amazon Studios DEI website, https://www2.howard.edu/entertainment-fellowship.
Applications are due Friday, October 8th.

2. What is the selection criteria for enrollment into Howard Entertainment?
Students must be an incoming undergraduate junior or a 2L law student. Candidates must be a major in one of the following majors: Finance, Marketing, Film/TV, Media Management, Public Relations, Theatre Arts Administration, Fine Arts and Law. Candidates will be required to complete an application and interview to be considered for the program.

3. What are you looking for in participants?
A successful student will be a self-starter, a team player, takes the initiative, coachable and able to coach others. They will have a passion for increasing the representation of historically excluded groups in entertainment, booth in front of and behind the camera. This program dives into both, the business and creative aspects of entertainment so we are looking for students who have interests in both areas based off of classes, extracurricular activities and previous internship/work experience. We are looking for students who possess good verbal and written communication skills. The ideal candidate will care deeply about entertainment, their career goals and their community.

4. I don’t attend Howard University, am I still eligible to apply?
At this time, applications are only open to students who attend a Howard University. We are developing additional ways for students at other universities to apply for future cohorts.

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