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
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.
My Favorite Minority Internship Programs
- T. Howard Foundation
- Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO)
- Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) – National Internship Program
- Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT)
Check out the Diversity Internship Directory for a complete listing of internships programs and companies!
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 with your resume, check out this free resume template.
If you know of a minority internship program, drop a comment below so that others can apply too.