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Opportunities for Students of Color and Under-Represented Groups

A Wide Range of Internship & Co-Op Positions Exist for Minority Students

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Internships provide one of the best ways for college students to get real-world experience in a career field that they’d like to learn more about. Participating in an internship also helps to build a strong professional resume while getting valuable opportunities to meet and network with talented professionals in a specific field of interest. Listed below are just a few of the many programs available specifically for students of color and under-represented groups.

1. List of Internship Opportunities for Students of Color from Amherst College

Amherst College provides a list of internship and fellowship opportunities ranging from the arts, business, communications, education, government, health and mental health, law, science, technology and research, social services and not-for-profit organizations.

2. Opportunities for Students of Color from The University of Pennsylvania

Special internship opportunities for students of color, with population-specific resources including those for African American, Asian American, Hispanic/Latino, Indigenous Native American students along with additional information on funding sources are all provided on the University of Pennsylvania website.

3. SEO

SEO provides educational and career programs for young students from underserved communities to be able to take full advantage of the opportunities available to them in order to achieve college and career success. At SEO students are recruited and trained for summer internships with investment banks, corporate law firms and other leading global companies. It has been reported that over 75% of SEO interns have received job offers from SEO corporate partners upon completion of their internship. Over a recent two year span, SEO has worked directly with over 50 corporate and non-profit partners and has provided more than 600 internships.

4. INROADS Internship Program

At INROADS American, Hispanic, and Native American Indian students intern with some of the nation’s largest companies. The goal is for students to compete a multi-year paid internship with a Fortune 1000 company. INROADS mission is to cultivate and place talented students of color in organizations where they can learn about corporate and community leadership that may lead to a potential full-time job. Companies that have participated in the program in the past include: Ernst & Young, IBM, Merrill Lynch, General Motors, General Electric, Lucent Technologies and Boeing.

5. Management Leadership for Tomorrow

MLT offers a number of career programs including career prep for tomorrow’s leaders who are still attending college. Students are assigned to a mentor that can help them with graduate school prep and finding full-time employment. Participating students are also provided with internship, fellowship and volunteer listings to help them gain the relevant experience required by employers when they are in the process of seeking a job after graduation. There are some minimal costs to participate in the program and those students who secure a paid summer internship will be required to make a $250 contribution to MLT at the completion of their internship in August.

6. Co-op/Internships & Summer Research Opportunities

This is an excellent site for both minority students and students from underrepresented groups to find a co-op, internship or summer research opportunity in the sciences and medicine with organizations seeking to enhance ethnic diversity and encourage minority students to apply. In addition to many of these opportunities that offer good pay; travel reimbursement, housing and meals are often also provided to participants(check listings carefully to see what benefits each organization provides).

7. National Association of Black Journalists

NABJ provides internship opportunities for students interested in pursuing a future career in journalism. The goal of NABJ is to improve the media’s coverage of the black community. Applicants selected for a 10-week internship with NABJ will be offered positions in print, broadcast or online disciplines at selected news organizations across the country; ranging from small black-owned weekly newspapers to major daily and broadcast outlets. To get a full-time job in journalism, most publications require previous experience in the field to even be considered which makes this an even more valuable program.

8. The Yale School of Management Pre-MBA Leadership Program

The Yale School of Management Pre-MBA Leadership Program is a two-week summer program targeted towards college sophomores, juniors, and seniors and recent college graduates from populations that are normally under-represented in management education.

The emphasis of this program is on leadership which comes from the mission of the School of Management: “to educate leaders for business and society.” Upon completion of the program you will return to your college or to a full-time job with motivation and knowledge of business management as well as a greater sense of what it means to be a leader.

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