For Immediate Release:

May 19, 2021

FAMU Law Student Lacresha Pierre Receives Universal Music Group Internship Thurgood Marshall College Fund Partnership

ORLANDO, FL – Florida A&M University (FAMU) College of Law student Lacresha Pierre is one of 50 interns selected for the Universal Music Group’s Summer Internship Program. Pierre is assigned to East Coast Shared Services in the Business & Legal Affairs Department.

“I am ecstatic about beginning this position with Universal Music Group with support from FAMU Law and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), which provided this summer employment opportunity,” said Lacresha Pierre. “I know this opportunity will make a huge difference in getting me a step closer to my goal of employment in the Sports, Media and Entertainment field.”

The Thurgood Marshall College Fund partnered with Universal Music Group to host the inaugural UMG HBCU Internship #ItsAVibe Immersion Experience.

This experience was designed to introduce 50 HBCU students from TMCF member schools to the Universal Music Group. Universal is widely regarded as the nation’s largest record label, serving as the parent company to music groups such as: Def Jam Records, Republic Records, Motown, Capitol Music Group, Capitol Records, and Island Records, to name a few.

Kicking off in the summer of 2021 (beginning on June 1), the internship program offers HBCU students paid internships across UMG’s labels and business units. In addition to providing financial support to defray travel and housing expenses, the internships will develop a pipeline of Black talent for future placement in permanent positions across UMG system and give Black music executives meaningful opportunities to help develop future music leaders.

The below list highlights the inaugural class of UMG HBCU Interns:

· 50 interns were selected from 22 Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Over 600 students applied.

· The functional areas identified by UMG as high need, represent the following:

Public Relations, Business Administration and Management, Journalism, Music/Musical Theatre, Sport and Entertainment Law, Media, Film, Marketing, Design, Accounting, English, Computer Science, Mass Communication, Computer Information Systems, Cyber Security, and Psychology

· The average grade point average of the UMG HBCU Interns is 3.40.

· The inaugural class is represented by 33 females and 17 males.

The following students represent Florida A&M University:

Lacresha Pierre, law student

Bianca Clarke Sophomore, Business Administration major

Deiana Abdel-Gadir Senior, Communications major

Erika Johnson Senior, Humanities major


Media Contact:

Stephanie Strong