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Hear from the S4 Fellows on Why You Should Apply for the 2022 Class

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S4 Fellows: Erena, Alfred, and Arion

S4Capital Fellowship program title

Welcome! We’re the inaugural class of S4 fellows and we want to introduce you to an incredible program that we helped develop, open to HBCU graduates interested in the advertising and digital marketing industry. The four-year, immersive (and paid!) S4Capital Fellowship Program aims to empower exceptional college graduates with hands-on experience working in the industry—not as interns or assistants, but as apprentices working directly with and learning from leading executives and colleagues on global teams at Media.Monks.

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Hailing from the Atlanta University Center’s Morehouse and Spelman College, we are excited to extend the program's reach to HBCU graduates nationwide. Applications are now being accepted for an additional six fellowship spots in the 2022 program! 

We went into this experience cold—inspired by a desire to learn and driven by an opportunity to pioneer, all while embracing the discomfort of growth. Now, as we celebrate our one-year anniversary in the fellowship, we’re delighted to share the experiences we’ve had alongside the nitty-gritty details of this incredible program to inspire and encourage recent graduates to apply.

The application process will prove to be an introspective experience—heightened by discussions with stakeholders all across the globe—that will equip applicants with a rich toolset they can carry well into their futures. 

If you haven’t already, take a look at our video above, directed and produced by our own Arion Kidd-Weeks, for some of our candid thoughts about the fellowship and tips on how to apply. 

  • Erena Reese - Spelman College ‘20, Atlanta, GA
  • Alfred Mohammed - Morehouse College ‘20, New York, NY
  • Arion Kidd-Weeks - Morehouse College ‘20, Los Angeles, CA

S4 Fellowship program details

The S4 Fellowship was conceived to give college graduates embarking in their careers a strong start in and an enthusiasm for the advertising and digital marketing industry. As we were preparing to launch the application process for the inaugural class of fellows, the tragic events of June 2020 pointed a spotlight on racial injustices and the need for action. So we pivoted our approach to take steps in addressing the imbalance in employment and future opportunities for underrepresented groups. Our focus on inviting graduates from historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) to apply for the fellowship was a first, small step. Our hope is that the S4 fellows will serve as role models for young people in the field, and inspire the next generation of talent. 

The S4 Fellowship is a paid, four-year immersive accelerator program, organized around two, two-year rotations: one within our content practice, and another within our data practice, both based primarily in the US. We offer opportunities to work internationally (as travel allows), as well as apprenticeship with one of our eight global leaders. Fellows also have the opportunity to work with a client on a live assignment.

Fellows work on the essential practicalities of digital advertising and marketing and learn in-depth how the industry and brands are adapting to the continually changing digital landscape, gaining a fundamental understanding of everything we do—firsthand. This includes how data and analytics inform better content, how we use programmatic to plan and buy advertising for our clients and how technology is applied to the outcome. All for clients in technology, FMCG, pharmaceutical, financial services, manufacturing and many more areas as part of a planned curriculum for the fellows’ career development.

Our company is evolving fast, and we expect our fellows to do the same. The S4 Fellowship provides a secure platform and scope to grow. Each role and responsibility is designed so fellows can contribute directly to the company’s success, which is contingent on all of our individual successes. We’re in this together and will learn from each other. 

How to apply

Our application process takes a unique approach. While qualifications and achievements do matter, the process is not simply a set of hurdles for applicants to clear. We know we’ve found a good candidate when their application feels like a stimulating conversation with an interesting (and interested) person. We also know that graduates consider many opportunities, so we’ve designed our process so that candidates can spend time getting to know us as much as we get to know them.

Finally, we encourage candidates to use the questions that ask for opinions to express who they are with originality—to share their point of view and tell us exactly what they think—with the hope that the process itself will be valuable, helping candidates build confidence in communicating to prospective employers what they believe in and what they want to achieve.

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