Nicholson News

NSC Students Break Records for National Minority Internship Program

May 31, 2017

This summer, 18 UCF students, including nine from the Nicholson School of Communication, will intern in national advertising agencies through the Multicultural Advertising Internship Program (MAIP). This sets a record for UCF placements in MAIP. Offered through the American Association of Advertising Agencies (4As), MAIP places junior and senior students of color in 10-week paid internships at national advertising agencies in major markets across the country. About 120 students are chosen from universities across the country.

This year’s MAIP class is the largest UCF group to date, beating the 2015 class, which had 14 placements. Jakeyla Augustin, Candace Binns, Diamond Bragg, Maleik Parker-Davis, Alexandra DeCespedes, Sherlie Desamour, Brandon Jones, Thomas Milbry, Linda Nguyen, James Ramseur, Andres Riveros, Rebecca Rodriguez, Javon Scott, Shaneice Shuler, Jasmyn Simmons, Justin Tejada, Niki Thomany and Cynthya Walker have been selected as part of MAIP’s 2017 class. They will intern at various agencies in cities such as Atlanta, Georgia, Los Angeles, California and New York City.

Of the 18 students offered MAIP internships this year, Augustin, Binns, Davis, DeCespedes, Desamour, Rodriguez, Shuler, Tejada and Walker are advertising/public relations majors. Six other students are business majors, two are interdisciplinary studies majors and the remaining three are majoring in writing & rhetoric, social science and art.

Joan McCain, NSC’s advertising/public relations program coordinator, said MAIP is a life-changing opportunity for UCF students.

“More than 25 percent of the UCF MAIP alumni secured jobs at national firms as the result of their internships,” said Mccain, who is NSC’s leading promoter of the program. “It opens doors for them to incredible careers. In turn, it creates a national reputation for UCF and the Nicholson School that benefits all students pursuing a career in advertising.”

While there are no official tallies from MAIP, McCain believes, based on her own research of published MAIP class rolls, that UCF is in the top five schools that place MAIP interns.

“That’s amazing when you realize we are one of the smallest advertising programs in the US,” said McCain, who is also an associate instructor in the advertising/public relations program. “It definitely speaks to the diversity of the student population at UCF, the Nicholson School and within our major.”

Scholarship programs for Nicholson students pursuing internships at national firms are currently in development. If you would like to contribute to a scholarship program, please contact Joan McCain at