Comcast More Than Doubles Commitment to Emma L. Bowen Foundation Diversity Internship Program
Comcast Corporation, the nation's leading provider of cable, entertainment and communications products and services, has more than doubled its participation in the Emma L. Bowen Foundation multi-year work/study program. This year, nearly 10 percent of the Foundation's approximately 200 high-achieving students of color will be placed with Comcast for summer employment.
This five-year student commitment provides interns with invaluable work experience and allows them to earn a salary to help pay for their higher education. In addition, Comcast grants every student a $1,000 scholarship each year through the Leaders and Achievers™ Scholarship Program, funded by The Comcast Foundation. More than a thousand qualified students applied for the approximately 80 positions available for the Foundation's summer program in 2005.
"Comcast strongly encourages tolerance, acceptance and the understanding of different perspectives, and our commitment to diversity is evident in every aspect of our business," said David L. Cohen, Executive Vice President of Comcast Corporation. "The Emma Bowen interns are the best of the best and we are delighted to have the opportunity to help them develop into future business leaders. At the same time, they bring a welcome set of distinct experiences to Comcast and I hope that some day, all of the Emma Bowen interns will be a permanent part of the Comcast workforce."
"The Foundation's program is a win/win situation for the students and our corporate partners, and we are pleased to have the continued support of The Comcast Foundation to help us achieve our goals," said Phylis Eagle-Oldson, President & CEO of the Emma L. Bowen Foundation. "Comcast shares in our commitment to strategically invest in the future of our industry by cultivating diverse leadership and addressing the growing diversity of our society."
In 2005, the returning Comcast interns include:
- Jamie Atkinson, Washington, DC (5th year)
- Clarence Cross, Washington, DC (5th year)
- Monica Ferrell, Lanham, MD (5th year)
- Lonnie Barnes, Largo, MD (4th year)
- Fuzieh Jallow, Boston, MA (2nd year)
- Jared Hodges, Philadelphia, PA (2nd year)
- Jennifer Crumpton, Denver, CO (2nd year)
- Ashley Rodbro, Chicago, IL (2nd year)
- Christopher Mendoza, Denver, CO (5th year)
Students placed by Comcast for their first summer internship are:
- Carolyn Githieya, Atlanta, GA
- Keri Hunigan, Baltimore, MD
- Brittaney Anderson, Dallas, TX
- Ashley Robinson, Flint, MI
- Carolyn Batts, Nashville, TN
- Nicole Barden, Richmond, VA
- Ashley Blount, Richmond, VA
- Michael Benjamin, New York, NY
- Vanessa Valez, New York, NY
- Stephanie Martin, San Ramon, CA
The Emma L. Bowen Foundation was established by the media industry to increase access to permanent job opportunities for minority students. The Foundation's program is unlike traditional internship programs in that students work for partner companies during summers and school breaks from the end of their junior year in high school until they graduate from college. During that five-year period, students learn various aspects of corporate operations and develop company-specific skills. Emma Bowen, a community activist and fighter for justice, launched the Foundation in 1989 as an advocate for equality in the media and helped guide the Foundation until her death in 1996.
Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) (http://www.comcast.com) is the nation's leading provider of cable, entertainment and communications products and services. With 21.5 million cable customers, 7.4 million high-speed Internet customers, and 1.2 million voice customers, Comcast is principally involved in the development, management and operation of broadband cable networks and in the delivery of programming content.
The Company's content networks and investments include E! Entertainment Television, Style Network, The Golf Channel, Outdoor Life Network, G4, AZN Television, PBS KIDS Sprout, TV One and four regional Comcast SportsNets. The Company also has a majority ownership in Comcast-Spectacor, whose major holdings include the Philadelphia Flyers NHL hockey team, the Philadelphia 76ers NBA basketball team and two large multipurpose arenas in Philadelphia.
The Comcast Foundation was founded by Comcast Corporation in June 1999 and is the company's chief source of charitable support to qualified non-profit organizations. The Foundation primarily invests in programs that work to create a positive, sustainable impact within our communities in the areas of volunteerism; literacy, reading and learning; and youth leadership development. Since its inception, The Comcast Foundation has donated more than $18 million to organizations in the communities where Comcast serves. More information about The Foundation and its programs is available at www.comcast.com under "In the Community."