NEW YORK, May 29, 2015 – Burson-Marsteller, a leading global public relations and communications firm, and partner The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF), is pleased to welcome three talented ethnic minority students interested in careers in public relations to the 2015 U.S. Harold Burson Summer Internship Program (HBSI). The U.S. HBSI Program provides junior and senior college students with valuable, real-world agency experience that allows them to join a client team or practice group where they work hand-in-hand with seasoned public relations professionals.

Burson-Marsteller is a long-time supporter of TLF, a nonprofit organization that aims to address the lack of diversity in the advertising, marketing and public relations fields. In 2011, the Foundation partnered with Burson-Marsteller to establish the Harold Burson Fellowship Program to develop future ethnic minority leaders in the public relations industry. Each year, the Foundation selects candidates to work at one of the firm’s offices full-time for a period of four weeks, where they participate in various career development exercises, assist with client work and meet with top PR industry leaders.

Burson-Marsteller selected Cosette Haugen, Andrea O’Neal and Coraima Sanchez for the TLF-affiliated internship positons.

  • Cosette Haugen will join the Consumer and Brand Marketing practice in Burson-Marsteller’s Pittsburgh office. Haugen, a junior at the University of Minnesota, is currently pursuing B.S. degrees in marketing, strategic communications and psychology while interning during the school year as a consulting associate for Carlson Brand Enterprise.
  • Andrea O’Neal will join the Washington, D.C. office as a member of the Public Affairs & Crisis practice. O’Neal’s is a 2015 graduate of the University of Miami, where she earned a B.S. in public relations and human and social development.
  • Coraima Sanchez recently graduated with a B.A. in public relations from San Jose State University and will work in the Corporate and Financial Communications practice at Burson-Marsteller’s New York office.

Haugen, O’Neal and Sanchez, along with 49 other HBSI interns, will begin their internship on June 1, 2015. The entire 2015 HBSI class will work across 15 practice and specialty groups throughout eight U.S. Burson-Marsteller offices.

Earlier this year, Worldwide Vice Chair, Client Chief Officer and Asia-Pacific Chair Patrick Ford was named to TLF’s Board of Directors. “We are very pleased to partner with the LAGRANT Foundation and give these talented young PR professionals a window into the world of public relations,” said Ford. “It’s critical that our staff be representative of the global marketplace in order to do our best work for our clients, and we are very proud to be helping to develop the next generation of public relations executives.”

Click here to learn more about the Harold Burson Summer Internship Program.

About The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF)
Since its inception in 1998, The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) has provided $1.83 million and 331 scholarships to continue its mission to increase the number of ethnic minorities in the fields of advertising, marketing and public relations. With the generous support of its donors, TLF provides career & professional development workshops, scholarships, internships and mentors to African American/Black, Alaska Native/Native American, Asian American/Pacific Islander and Hispanic/Latino undergraduate and graduate students.

About Burson-Marsteller
Burson-Marsteller, established in 1953, is a leading global public relations and communications firm. It provides clients with strategic thinking and program execution across a full range of public relations, public affairs, reputation and crisis management, advertising and digital strategies. The firm’s seamless worldwide network consists of 73 offices and 85 affiliate offices, together operating in 110 countries across six continents. Burson-Marsteller is a part of Young & Rubicam Group, a subsidiary of WPP (NASDAQ: WPPGY), the world’s leading communications services network. For more information, please visit bm.com.

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