Two FAMU School of Journalism & Graphic Communication (FAMU SJGC) students and one alumna have been accepted to the 2023 NFL HBCU Experienceship Seedkit Program.
Junior public relations student Germanie Bozeman and senior public relations scholar Markayla Oats will represent FAMU throughout the program. FAMU SJGC alumna and current Clark Atlanta University graduate student Nyeja Warner will also join this year’s cohort.
The four month Experienceship program provides undergraduate students and first year masters or law students an opportunity to build presentations addressing real business problems the NFL is trying to solve. The program is composed of 32 students from historically black colleges or universities across the nation.
“I was very shocked to be selected,” says Germanie Bozeman. Between her skill set developed in SJGC and hard work, Bozeman says she feels deserving to be a part of the Experienceship.
Each group will have the opportunity to present their findings to NFL staff in New York City or Los Angeles at the end of the program. The winning team will be selected to attend the 2024 NFL Draft in Detroit.
“As a first generation student, I’m trying to get hands-on training and mentorship,” says Markayla Oats. “To find out I was one of 32 students selected for this program with the NFL, it just felt so surreal to me.”
Oats says her passion for sports, entertainment and art has motivated her to become a sports and entertainment attorney. She’s most excited to be paired with an NFL attorney who will serve as a mentor throughout the program.