Octagon Announces 2022 HBCU Career Accelerator Program For Students Interested In Sports And Entertainment

March 16, 2022

20 HBCU Students to Be Selected for Annual Two-Week Summer Program with Hands-On Learning, Training, and Mentoring Opportunities

Rising Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors at HBCU Schools Are Encouraged to Apply by April 15

Octagon, the preeminent talent management, integrated marketing, and creative agency in sports and entertainment, today announced the return of the Octagon HBCU Career Accelerator Program. The program, now in its second year, is aimed specifically at providing students of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) with prime industry-learning opportunities and first-hand experience working in sports and entertainment.

The Octagon HBCU Career Accelerator Program, a two-week virtual intensive experience, will take place from Monday, July 18 through Saturday, July 30. The program will welcome 20 HBCU students to Octagon’s Talent + Properties division, and introduce them to the roles, responsibilities, and extensive career opportunities in athlete and talent representation.

The students will have the opportunity to shadow agency professionals of all levels and across multiple areas of the business, including Client Management, Communications, Marketing, Sales, Financial Services, Legal, Creative, Content Production, Digital Strategy, and more.

As part of the program, students will also participate in a case study challenge, harnessing key insights and learnings from the two weeks, for a chance to win one of four $1,000 scholarships. The Octagon HBCU Career Accelerator Program will culminate with an in-person networking event in Washington, D.C. where the scholarship winners will be announced.

The program is open to all rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors at HBCU schools. Students are encouraged to apply by Friday, April 15.

To learn more about the accelerator program or to apply, click here.


Octagon is the preeminent talent management, integrated marketing, and creative, agency in global sports and entertainment. The agency creates distinctive marketing campaigns for some of the largest brands and Fortune 500 companies across the globe, and represents more than 900 of the most prominent and influential athletes, talent, and properties in the world.

With more than 1,000 employees worldwide, based in 50 offices in 20 countries, Octagon is positioned in virtually all areas of sports and entertainment.

For more than 40 years, Octagon has consistently pushed the boundaries of the industry with ground-breaking marketing campaigns, experiential and hospitality services, industry-leading data, insight, and strategy capabilities, as well as an unmatched talent management portfolio of the most high-profile and successful athletes and personalities.