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Paid minority internship recruitment programs are out there ready to help you reach your internship and career goals. When searching for internships, many students limit themselves to looking through a few postings online or visiting company websites. For minority college students, there are other resources for getting internships that are not tapped nearly enough.

As the former senior manager for the T. Howard Foundation, I am a firm believer in the opportunities minority internship programs can provide. These nonprofit organizations and industry sponsored programs promote diversity through internships, professional development and employment opportunities for minority college students. Eligible students who don’t apply for internships through these various organizations are missing out on a world of opportunity.


Summer 2018-2019 Diversity Internship Programs*

T. Howard Foundation (THF)
The T. Howard Foundation’s mission is to promote diversity in media and entertainment by increasing the number of diverse and underrepresented groups and underserved communities within the industry. Diverse, underrepresented, and underserved students are recruited from colleges and universities nationwide for media internship placements in New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Chicago, Washington, DC, Atlanta, Charlotte and other locations.

Notable companies: ESPN, HBO, CNN, Viacom Media Networks, Comcast NBCUniversal, Facebook
Deadline: December 1, 2018

 

INROADS
INROADS seeks high performing students for internship opportunities with some of the nation’s largest companies. Our rigorous career development training process will challenge you to commit to excellence and raise the bar on your personal expectations. INROADS is an international organization with over 28 offices serving nearly 2,000 Interns at over 200 companies.

Notable Companies: Pepsi, Ernst & Young, Fed Ex, AT&T, Bank of America, Unilever
Deadline: March 31st, 2018 (recommended)

 

Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities: National Internship Program (HNIP)
Since 1992 the HNIP has recruited college students for paid summer- and semester-long internships at federal agencies and private corporations in Washington, D.C. and throughout the country. These ten and fifteen-week internship programs give college students direct experience in a diverse array of careers in the federal and corporate sectors.

Notable Companies: Department of Defense, Federal Aviation Administration, Internal Revenue Service, Environmental Protection Agency, Ford Motor Company, Coca-Cola
Deadline: Spring, Oct 27; Summer, Feb 16, 2018; Fall, June 8, 2018

 

The Emma Bowen Foundation
The Emma Bowen Foundation is a nonprofit organization that is building a more diverse media and tech industry by recruiting promising students of color like you and placing them in multi-year paid internships at some of the nation’s leading companies.

Notable Companies: Discovery Communications, Hearst, Fox, Bloomberg Media, A+E Networks, BMI
Deadline: Rolling, December 1, 2017 – Priority

 

Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO)
SEO Career is the nation’s premier pre-professional development and internship program providing Black, Hispanic, and Native American undergrads with coaching, training, and access to internships across multiple lines of business. SEO Career connects talented undergraduates with internship opportunities at more than 40 partner companies.

Notable Companies: Morgan Stanley, IBM, Citi, HP, Credit Suisse, Johnson & Johnson
Deadline: October 1, November 1, December 1, 2018- January 1, February 1, and March 1

 

Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT)
Going to college is an important step on the journey to your first full-time job. But the path to figuring out your passion and graduating with an offer can be overwhelming. MLT’s Career Prep Program can help you conquer the job search process, maximize your college and internship experience and accelerate your post-undergraduate career.

Notable Companies: American Express, Exxon Mobile, Delta, Microsoft, LinkedIn, Nike
Deadline: Early Decision Deadline – December 30, 2017, Jan 30, March 1, 2018

Multicultural Advertising Internship Program (MAIP)
By combining real-world work experience, training and development, and networking opportunities within the industry, MAIP participants gain a valuable professional credential to better position themselves in the marketplace. In addition to a full-time paid internship, MAIP fellows participate in a series of agency sponsored professional development workshops and seminars, which provide a deeper dive into the various advertising and media disciplines.

Notable Companies: Ogilvy, Dro5a, Edelman, McCann, Saatchi & Saatchi, Y&R
Deadline: October 13, 2017

 

Minority Access, Inc.  National Diversity & Inclusion Internship Program
The Minority Access National Internship Program is designed to allow talented undergraduate and graduate students experience the diversity and scope of career opportunities available in the federal government and other participating entities. The program provides students with the opportunity to merge academic theory with practical application in the workplace.

Notable Companies: Various federal government agencies
Deadline: Dec 1, 2017 (Spring internships), March 1, 2018 (Summer), July 1, 2018 (Fall)

 

International Radio and Television Society Foundation Summer Fellowship (IRTS)
The Summer Fellowship Program is the cornerstone program of the IRTS Foundation. Often referred to as a “media boot camp,” this highly selective program teaches a talented group of up-and-coming communicators the realities of the business world through an all-expense-paid internship in New York City, which includes practical experience and career-planning advice.

Notable Companies: Google, AMC Networks, Turner, Sony Music Group, CNBC, CBS Radio
Deadline: December 1, 2018

 

Year-Up
Year Up is an intensive training program that helps urban young adults increase their technical skills and prepare for a career in information technology. The program combines teaching students valuable IT, communication, and professional skills, plus internships at top companies.

Notable Companies: Bank of America, Microsoft, GE
Deadline: Rolling



Gateway to Leadership / UNCF
The Gateway to Leadership (GTL) Internship Program is designed to provide PAID summer internship opportunities to African American college students attending a four year university/college and who are interested and prepared to enter careers in the financial services industry.

Notable Companies: Legg Mason, Nationwide, Northwestern Mutual, Voya
Deadline: Check with organization

 

Walton-UNCF K-12 Education Fellowship/ UNCF
The Walton-UNCF K-12 Education Fellowship is a leadership and talent development initiative aimed at building a robust pipeline of high-achieving African Americans engaged in education reform in America. The program selects undergraduate juniors from select historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) to participate in a leadership development and paid intern placement program that partners with innovative K-12 educational reform enterprises.

Notable Companies:  Teach for America, Achievement First, Paul Public Charter School, BUILD
Deadline: Check with organization

 

UNCF Corporate Scholars Program / UNCF
UNCF’s Corporate Scholars Programs provide eligible students with both scholarships and paid internship opportunities at America’s leading corporations and national organizations. The goal of the program is to ensure that successful corporations have a ready pool of well-trained, ethnically diverse young professionals who can create the products and services companies need to compete in the dynamic, globally integrated marketplace. The UNCF Corporate Scholars Program is a turnkey solution for both students and employers seeking to find the right professional match

Notable Companies: Dell Corporate Scholars Program, AGL Resources Scholarship/Internship, Hallmark Scholars Program, NCR Corporate Scholars Program, United Water/UNCF Corporate Scholars Program

Deadline: Check with organization

 

Black Retail Action Group (BRAG) Summer Internship
The BRAG Summer Internship is a comprehensive 10-week work and professional development program designed to expose students of color to retail and related fields. The program includes a one-week orientation consisting of seminars, workshops, retail math classes, and a business case study along with executive level work responsibilities.

Notable Companies: American Eagle Outfitters, Calvin Klein, COACH, Burlington, Macy’s
Deadline: December 1, 2018 and February 2, 2019

 

Getty Foundation Multicultural Undergraduate Internship
Aiming to encourage greater diversity in the professions related to museums and the visual arts, the Getty Foundation created the Multicultural Undergraduate Internship program in Los Angeles to support substantive, full-time summer work opportunities for college undergraduates from cultural backgrounds that have traditionally been underrepresented in the arts. Since the program’s founding in 1993, 161 local arts institutions, including the Getty, have hosted over 3,200 internships, exposing students to career possibilities in the arts. Reside or attend college in Los Angeles County.

Notable Companies: Fowler Museum at UCLA, Inner-City Arts, Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), The Hammer Museum
Deadline: Check with organization

 

National Urban League Summer Internship Program
The National Urban League Summer Internship Program provides an insight into the world of non-profit management for college students. Internship will be based in the headquarters office in New York City and in the Washington Bureau office in Washington, DC.  The National Urban League is looking for candidates interested in a career in the not-for-profit sector, or in understanding the connection between non-profits, corporations, and government in the work of our nation. This internship is open to undergrads only.

Notable Companies: New York City and Washington, DC Urban League Offices
Deadline: February, 2019

 

Talent Development and Innovation and Sciences (TDIS) Summer Internship
TDIS Summer Internship is designed to complement students’ academic learning with rich summer experiences that are designed to develop them professionally and instill in them an appreciation for innovation in STEM-related programs, NSF-funded projects, and STEM careers.  The internship also increases a students’ awareness of the circumstances that prevent minority students from receiving a quality STEM education; as well as provide them opportunities to conduct research to become familiar with NSF programs and strategies to address issues related to under-representation in STEM.

Notable Companies: New York City and Washington, DC Urban League Offices
Deadline: February, 2019

 

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, Inc – United Health Foundation Scholar-Intern Program
The CHCI-SHRM Scholar Intern program allows undergraduate and graduate students to not only receive monetary support for their education, but also gain hands-on experience in the human resources field through a paid internship during summer 2018.

Notable Companies: SAGA, The Gaylord Resort
Deadline: Rolling

 

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, Inc– United Health Foundation Scholar-Intern Program
The CHCI-United Health Foundation (UHF) Scholar Intern Program helps students pursuing health-related careers receive scholarship funds as well as hands-on experience through a paid internship at a community-based health organization. The program creates a unique opportunity for financially needy students to take on what would otherwise be an unpaid internship and exposes them to the health care needs of underserved communities, all while receiving financial support for their education.

Notable Companies: La Clinica de la Raza, Unity Healthcare
Deadline: April, 2019

*Please refer to each website for qualification requirements for each program.










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