The Y.E.S. (Youth Entertainment Summer) to Jobs program was established when the NAACP noted a significant lack of diversity in the entertainment industry and called for action. A&M Records founded the nonprofit program in 1987 to give qualified high school students of color a peek inside the professional world of entertainment, providing them early exposure and career guidance. In 2003, the program was expanded to include college students in Los Angeles and New York.
Interns work in entry-level positions, often in promotions, sales, merchandising, publicity, accounting and marketing. Arista, Disney, MGM Studios, New Line Cinema, Warner Bros., Fox Sports, Sony Music Entertainment, CNN and DreamWorks are some of the companies that have sponsored interns in the past. All interns attend a mandatory training program and most companies have on-site training. Y.E.S. also runs bimonthly career seminars for interns on key aspects of the industry during lunch or after work. Interns are recognized with an awards/culmination event at the end of the summer.
The high school program is open to all minority junior and senior high school students, ages 16 to 18; the college program is open to all current college students of color, ages 18 to 25. High school: 2.8 GPA or higher and 90 percent attendance. College: minimum 2.5 GPA.
Morgan Fouch, College Program Manager
Y.E.S. to Jobs
Y.E.S. to Jobs
P.O. Box 3390
Los Angeles, CA 90078
Number of Interns: Varies
Academic Level: High School Students, College Freshmen, College Sophomores, College Juniors, College Seniors
Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY