Scripps Howard Majors Intern at Festival de Cannes
By Ariel Smith, public relations major
Ten students from Hampton University received the chance of a lifetime. These
lucky students attended one of the most prestigious film festivals of their
time, Festival de Cannes. The trip was made possible by Creative Minds, a program
developed by Robert Ford to help college students or graduates launch their
career in the film industry, whether in front of the camera or behind the scenes.
As part of attending the festival, some students were paired with companies,
including IGM, Rogers & Cowan and many others, to work as interns. Two Scripps
Howard Journalism and Communications students, broadcast major Derek Garlington
and public relations major Ariel Smith, were paired up with the Rogers & Cowan,
a public relations company. This company is based in three locations, Los Angeles,
London, and New York City; however, only the Los Angeles and London locations
represented the company at the festival. The team was lead by Nikki Parker, the
executive vice president.
Every day, there were several tasks assigned to the interns, such as researching
photographers and creating a spreadsheet organized by the country, name and email
addresses. It seemed small to them, but in the end, the photographers were needed
for the upcoming photo call for one of Rogers & Cowan’s client.
“It was very exciting seeing what seemed like a little task, play such
a part in the end. Working for Rogers really showed me how much I enjoy PR and
that I am in the right career field,” said Smith.
Other days, students helped make schedules, do research, run errands, handled
press calls, and completed daily office tasks.
During the festival, Rogers & Cowan held a coming out party for one of their
clients, Red Granite Pictures. Assisting with this big event was a great experience
for the interns. Rogers & Cowan made them feel as if they were a part of
the staff from the invitations that needed to be made and delivered, to working
the door and directing the guests to the V.I.P. area. These lucky interns also
got the chance to see Kanye West perform live, as he was the talent for the evening.
The event was a huge success.
The Creative Minds program is growing in popularity, and in attendance. Last
year, two students represented Hampton University compared to 10 this year, the
largest Hampton University group attendance to date.
For more information about Creative Minds, please visit the website at