Welcome from Maureen J. Reidy

"We are delighted to announce our inaugural class of the prestigious Peter Roth Internship Program, honoring our dear friend and industry leader, Peter Roth. After a rigorous national selection process, we are honored to welcome the brightest young minds and the next generation of television's creators and leaders in Media and Entertainment. We thank Greg Berlanti, Ava DuVernay, Chuck Lorre, Katie McGrath, and J.J. Abrams for their tremendous support and for investing in the future talent of our industry.”

Welcome from Peter Roth

"We are so excited to welcome and support such a talented, passionate, and dedicated cohort of future media executives, creators, writers, and thought leaders. I fully expect, and I am convinced, that they will make a significant contribution towards the betterment and nurturing of great television."

Meet the 2021 Class

Abena Ababio is a senior at Johns Hopkins University majoring in Film Studies and Psychology. She hopes to develop diverse programs featuring young adults and positive perspectives of minority mental health.

Mollie Allred is a senior at Boston College majoring in Film Studies and Communications, who is inspired by Amy Poehler’s comedy and wants better representation for women in media.

Amy Altman is a senior at USC majoring in Journalism, who is passionate about documenting the intersection of food, race, and culture.

Francisco Andrade is a senior at Vassar majoring in Education and Media Studies. A native of Brazil who served in the U.S. military, he hopes to see more stories on television that mirror his own.

Afnan Answar is a junior at Hunter College majoring in Media Studies, who became inspired to pursue a media career after a film she directed was accepted into the TriBeCa Film Festival.

Jada Bethea, a junior at NYU majoring in Film and Television, is passionate about social justice issues and wishes to use media as a platform to amplify marginalized voices.  

Nicole Cervera has designed her own curriculum while at NYU, allowing her the freedom to explore and develop programs around the construction of Latinx identity in TV and film.

Emma Hansen, a senior at USC majoring in Law, History, and Culture, derives her robust work ethic from her upbringing on a farm in rural California. She said, “I have the work ethic of a farmer, the hustle of a basketball player, and the curiosity of an explorer.”

Lau’Rent Honeycutt, a senior Marketing major at TCU, loves the power and possibilities he sees on TV, and instilling that same belief in the kids he mentors. One of his proudest accomplishments is his role as Student Body President.

Sophie Leiton Toomey, a Drama major at NYU, is driven by her passion to have long-awaited representation for neurodivergent and autistic creatives, like herself, “in the room” when media is being created and presented to the public.

Kanika Mehra, a Government & Politics major at the University of Maryland, spent summer 2021 interning for The Rachel Maddow Show. She is especially fond of “misfit characters,” like those seen on shows like Parks and Rec and Community, as well as shows featuring complex female leads, such as Alias and Veronica Mars.

Kisori Mohinani, a Media Studies major at Hunter College, is a podcast creator and Hong Kong film festival organizer who wants to create stories on television about the realities of different cultures like her own.

Uzo Ngwu is an accomplished designer as a junior at Harvard University. She has created artwork for such companies as Hulu and MTV, and has cofounded the Harvard Design Collective, a digital arts organization.

Jillian Russell is a Journalism major and Screenwriting minor at USC whose goal is to create television that uplifts young people. She wants to develop content that has character and helps people learn empathy.

Madeline Salman is a Film and Television major at Boston University who self-produced a series called Sustainable Silhouette about the impact of the fashion industry on the environment.

Tia Smith, a Theater Studies major at Duke, is an avid writer, and was inspired by John Singleton to write her first full-length screenplay in summer 2020.

Jenae Talison, a Mass Communication major at Tennessee State University, is a budding media mogul who is inspired by Peter Roth’s career as a model for her own.

Michael Tseng is a Journalism and Cinema and Media Studies major at USC, who has covered the Oscars and Golden Globes for USC Annenberg Media and has hosted USC Asian American advocacy events.

Laila Wilson, is a Senior at Purchase College, SUNY majoring in Playwriting and Screenwriting. She produced POV Festival, showcasing new student works and is a YoungArts screenplay winner.

Daejah Woolery is a Film/TV and English major at Fordham, who wants to make television programs that depict more QPOC (Queer person of color) characters and has facilitated this through a screenwriting competition via their Tik-Tok channel.

About Peter Roth Internship

The Paley Center offers students a comprehensive paid internship that expands upon the institution’s long-running accredited internship programs and includes three key components for an unparalleled educational experience.

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