Pathway to Success: FAMU SJGC Students Gain Experience During Disney Summer Internships

August 22, 2023
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More than a dozen Florida A&M University School of Journalism & Graphic Communication spent the summer at ABC News in New York City as part of the Disney Future Storytellers Program.

FAMU scholars who major in journalism, public relations and graphic design worked as summer interns in investigative journalism, graphic design, digital content production, publicity, and special events. Working in various ABC News departments gave students the experience they need to grow their storytelling skills.

“My writing skills have undergone a remarkable transformation, particularly in the realm of breaking news,” said Broadcast Journalism student Sherby Perez. “I discovered the assignment desk’s pivotal role in orchestrating seamless productions for prestigious shows like Good Morning America (GMA), Prime Time, and ABC World News Tonight with David Muir.”

Throughout their internships, the Disney Storytellers Fund at FAMU scholars received hands-on experience and continued exposure to the media industry as they sharpen their respective skill sets.

Graphic Design student Darryl Smith understands the value of this development opportunity.

“Interning with a Disney-owned media outlet will give me the tools and pathway to success. This internship will help me climb the ladder of the graphic design industry with the use of my networking skills, growth as a designer and exposure to professional work ethic,” he said.

For senior Broadcast Journalism major Briana Michel, the lessons she has learned go beyond the newsroom. “ABC News has taught me that there is a balance between the news industry and a happy life – all I have to do is look around. From the 10-week intern to the 25+ year producer, we’re in a business that encourages you to be a student for life… to never stop learning.”

In Fall 2022, the Disney Storytellers Fund at FAMU was created with a $1 million grant from The Walt Disney Company as part of the Disney Future Storytellers program. Disney Future Storytellers is The Walt Disney Company’s commitment to empowering the next generation of storytellers and innovators. 

The inaugural cohort of the Disney Storytellers Fund at FAMU Scholars are:

Briana Michel, Dalilah Posley, Darryl Smith, Devani Allen,

Edna Rutland, Jaden Bowen, Jasmine Butler, Jonathan David, Jordan Forbes,

Jordan Joseph,  Kalei Nash, Kendall Williams, Sasha Williams, Sherby Perez,

Stacy Rene, Sydney Richardson, Sidney Berry, Beyla Walker