Winners will complete paid summer internship in prominent cities

Valenti School of Communication students were selected to be part of the Multicultural Advertising Internship Program (MAIP) and will receive paid internships to top-rated advertising agencies and housing allowances in leading cities throughout the United States including New York, Chicago and Boston.

“I am honored to be selected to represent the Valenti School in one of the top advertising firms in the country,” said Alyssa Y’barbo, one of the recipients. “This is a great opportunity and I am looking forward to learning and gaining experience in the field.”

The program is highly selective. Each year, applicants undergo an intricate process and are closely evaluated. Usually only a couple of students are selected from the same university. This year, there were seven winners from the Valenti School of Communication – the second consecutive record-breaking year for the program.

“I’m still in shock about being chosen for this opportunity,” said Geovanny Hernandez. “I am excited to work for such an amazing firm and put my skills to use.” Below is a list of University of Houston advertising students who were selected – including their target graduation date and the city where they will complete their internship:

  • Geovanny Hernandez, December 2019, Boston
  • Sara Saavedra, December 2019, Boston
  • Johnny Safiti, May 2019, New York City
  • Kevin Pham, May 2019, New York City
  • Alyssa Y’barbo, December 2019, New York City
  • Catalina Pinto, May 2020, Chicago
  • Kiran Sankar, May 2020, New York City

Established in 1973, MAIP is part of the American Association of Advertising Agencies (4A’s) and since has provided the advertising industry with exceptional talent through professional development opportunities and a platform to advance careers.

Read more about MAIP and its opportunities in the advertising industry.