Amazon Studios and Howard University team up for Hollywood fellowship

Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) is partnering with Howard University to give students hands-on experience and networking opportunities with entertainment executives and industry insiders in a new program that will start next year.

The program, called Howard Entertainment, will take students to Los Angeles for two semesters, where they will attend classes and take part in a fellowship that is “embedded in the entertainment industry,” according to an Amazon press release. The program is a joint effort between the school and Amazon’s growing television and film arm, Amazon Studios.

While courses will be taught by Howard professors, the students’ primary point of contact inside the entertainment industry will be Amazon Studios’ staff. The company said it will occasionally bring in other industry professionals.

Amazon said the team up with the historically black university was an intentional effort to bring more diversity to all areas of the entertainment industry. Jennifer Salke, head of…

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