40 years ago, MAIP introduced 10 interns to the world of advertising. These interns initiated MAIP’s legacy of supplying the industry with world-class multicultural talent, influencing all facets of our industry. Today, MAIP has evolved into a Professional Development program, impacting the lives of more than 120 young executives each year by providing the platform to launch their careers.


By combining real-world work experience, training and development, and networking opportunities within the industry, MAIP participants gain a valuable professional credential to better position themselves in the marketplace. Simultaneously, the program offers advertising agencies the opportunity to access top talent and strengthens the 4A’s efforts to enhance the workforce diversity of our industry.

In addition to a full-time paid internship, MAIP fellows participate in a series of agency sponsored professional development workshops and seminars, which provide a deeper dive into the various advertising and media disciplines. The workshops also grant fellows the opportunity to learn more about the host agency’s culture through networking with agency professionals post-workshop and agency tours. MAIP fellows residing in the larger markets will attend these workshops. Those residing in smaller markets will have the opportunity to participate in alternative networking events orchestrated by MAIP alumni and agency partners.

 
The advertising business is, more than ever, focused on authentic human connections – which opens up a world of possibilities – and a talent revolution is essential for our business to make those possibilities a reality. A variety of new perspectives, skills and ideas from a new generation of thinkers and makers will guarantee prosperity and excitement within our business and MAIP is a vital industry effort working towards this goal.
— Chris Weil, CEO, Momentum
As a kid from Chicago that attended one of the lowest ranked high schools in the state, whose family had no connections to anyone in advertising and who did not attend a well renowned ad school, I am forever grateful for the doors that MAIP opened for me.
— Eric Prado, 1995 MAIP Alumnus, Global Account Director, Energy BBDO