ITHACA, NY — The highly competitive Most Promising Minority Students program of the American Advertising Federation (AAF) has recognized two Ithaca College seniors. Diana Cirullo and Silvia Magana, who are both majoring in integrated marketing communications in the Roy H. Park School of Communications, were among the 41 students selected for the program from colleges and universities throughout the U.S.
The winners are invited to a three-day event in New York City in February to meet with some of the premier advertising agencies, media companies and advertisers in the world. The Most Promising Minority Students program not only honors the students, but also enhances their knowledge and understanding of the advertising field by offering networking, interviewing and immersion opportunities with industry professionals.
Program participants are selected based on a range of criteria, including academic standing; demonstrated interest in working in the advertising, marketing and media/communications industries; leadership potential; and other character indicators such as community and organizational service.
Cirullo had previously been selected to participate in the American Association of Advertising Agencies’ Multicultural Advertising Internship Program, through which she interned in the digital media department at The Martin Agency in New York City. She has also held internships at powerHouse Books and Sodexo.
Magana serves as president of the Ithaca College chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America. While studying abroad in Rome she interned at Ekoes, a marketing communication social cooperative, and she has worked with the Downtown Ithaca Alliance as an events intern. She was previously awarded a Home Depot Most Promising Minority Students Scholarship.
A total of 22 Ithaca College students have been selected for the AAF Most Promising Minority Students program since 2004. For more information, visit www.aaf.org/mpms.