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Doreen Thomas of the T. Howard Foundation on Promoting Diversity in Media, “Difference” Empowers

Doreen Thomas with RespectAbility staff and Fellows

Doreen Thomas with RespectAbility staff and Fellows

Rockville, Md., July 26 – Doreen Thomas, the Assistant Manager of the Internship Program at The T. Howard Foundation, a nonprofit organization located in Silver Spring, MD, spoke to the RespectAbility Fellows about how the foundation promotes diversity in media and entertainment industries by showing that “difference” empowers.

Through comprehensive programs for diverse, underrepresented and underserved college students, the T. Howard Foundation promotes diversity in media and entertainment by increasing the number of diverse and underrepresented communities within the industry. In 2014, the T. Howard Foundation had a record-breaking 97 minority students interning at 34 media companies across the country. The Foundation’s internship program gives interns industry knowledge, professional development, and makes them aware of career opportunities within the industry.

Doreen Thomas and Daniel Kawecki

Doreen Thomas and Daniel Kawecki

Thomas holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Towson University and a Master’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She developed a desire to work with young adults, particularly college students, while attending Towson University. At Towson, she served on campus leadership boards and obtained a student position in the International Student & Scholar Office. Through these experiences, she was able to work with diverse college students as they grew in their academic, personal and professional pursuits. Her passion for helping people led her to pursue an early career in human resources, with an emphasis on training and development.

The internship program at the T. Howard Foundation gives interns the opportunity to explore all aspects of the media industry—the business side, the marketing side, the engineering side.  Each year, the T. Howard Foundation introduces more than 100 interns into their program. From Los Angeles to Washington, D.C., interns have access to a variety of internship sties from across the country. Interns have worked at some of the top media companies in the country—in places such as Hulu, HBO, ESPN, and the Walt Disney Company.

Do you belong to the disability community?  Are you interested in pursuing a career in the media and entertainment industries as an individual with a diverse cultural background? If so, you might be a fit for T. Howard’s Internship program. Learn more and apply here:


RespectAbility is a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities for and with people with disabilities. This summer, 11 Fellows had the opportunity to learn from a variety of guest speakers. Learn more about the National Leadership Program and apply for the next cohort! Contact [email protected] for more information.



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