Spike Lee has joined forces with Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD to provide an opportunity for students aspiring to enter the film industry, the historically Black university announced. In a collaboration, Lee’s production company, 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks, and talent firm The Gersh Agency have partnered with Morgan’s School of Global Journalism and Communication (SGJC) to establish an eight-week internship program. The collaboration with Morgan State University is an extension of Lee’s Spike Fellows Program, which initially supported aspiring filmmakers from the Atlanta University Center Consortium. This initiative aims to offer students hands-on experience in film production, equipping them with the skills needed for a successful career in the field.
The primary goal of this internship initiative is to prepare students for a successful transition into the film industry upon graduation. Through working closely with industry professionals in Los Angeles or New York City and gaining firsthand experience, interns will gain insights into the nuances of film production. This preparation aligns with Spike Lee’s commitment to fostering emerging talent and creating pathways for underrepresented voices in the film landscape. Jackie Jones, the Dean of the School of Global Journalism and Communication at Morgan State University, expressed enthusiasm about the collaboration. In a statement, she remarked, “This is an incredible opportunity for SGJC and our students. We look forward to a successful and lasting partnership.”
While specific details for applying to the internship program are not yet available, they are expected to be announced by the university and/or the Spike Fellows program in the coming months.
Cover Photo: Spike Lee on the set of “Chiraq” / Credit: Parrish Lewis