Paid Minority Internship Recruitment Programs You’re Missing Out On

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.

Why Minority Internship Recruitment Programs Exist

INROADS is on of the oldest minority recruitment organizations around. Frank C Carr, the INROADS founder once said, “It’s no secret that for years, people of color — Blacks, Hispanic/Latinos, and Native American Indians — were noticeably absent from the ranks of corporate North America. By June of 1970, it was time to make a change.”

Years later, there are numerous nonprofit minority internship recruitment programs doing similar work across a range of industries. Diversity in the workforce continues to be an issue for Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, on Wall Street, in media companies, the technology sector and across other industries. Internship organizations are working everyday to change that.

These programs have worked for years to forge relationships with some of the most well known companies in almost every industry you can imagine. Companies want the students coming from these programs because they know they are well prepared and will be exceptional interns, so why would you not want to participate? You can always apply directly to companies on your own (and should), but don’t stop there. Pursue every route possible to land your dream internship.

Why Apply to a Minority Internship Program

While the application processes can be lengthy and highly competitive, apply to all of the programs you are eligible for. More than just internships, these organizations provide professional development support and learning experiences that extend well beyond just the internship. Some benefits include:

  • Access to multiple companies with a single application
  • Support during and after your internship
  • An extensive alumni network
  • Networking opportunities
  • Job opportunities
  • Professional development events
  • Paid travel opportunities
  • Scholarships

No matter your major, there is a program for you. Do your research and connect to a minority internship recruitment organization. It could be life changing. Keep reading to see the list of programs. Be aware that the deadline for most of the summer 2018 internships are in the fall of 2017.

Summer 2018 Minority College Student 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 and Charlotte.

Notable companies: ESPN, HBO, CNN, Viacom Media Networks, Comcast NBCUniversal, Facebook
Deadline: December 1, 2017

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

Be Ready for the Competition

Competition for these spots is fierce. Be sure that your application materials, which will generally include a resume, college transcripts, interview, writing sample and recommendations, are the best representation of you. Get started and finish before the deadlines and you might find yourself with your dream, paid, internship this summer. For help on how to put together an outstanding application check out this resource.

If you know of a minority internship program, drop a comment below so that others can apply too.

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Freelance Writer | Internship Expert at The Internship Manual | Sharise Kent
Sharise Kent is an internship expert and freelance writer. She spent 5 years managing a national internship program where she placed over 400 interns with some of the biggest media companies in the world.

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