Top Programs for Minority Students to Level up Your Career
By Khadejah Stegall
Khadejah is a part of the TLC College Ambassador Program and attends North Carolina A&T University.
Diversity is increasing more than ever in the corporate world. You have positions created such as “Chief Diversity Officer,” and “Diversity & Inclusion Manager.” Google even recently just announced they will open Howard West on its campus in Mountain View, CA, a Silicon Valley outpost for the historically black college Howard University where computer science majors can immerse themselves in coding instruction and tech culture. Corporate companies are working to increase diversity, but there is still work to be done. Diversity programs are created to increase the number of minorities working in corporate.
Why Should You Join Programs?
The programs listed will help you take your career to another level by providing you with intimate networking opportunities and professional development training to help secure an internship or job offer. Recruiter Caroline Garcia mentioned that a lot of interns are hired through a partnership program. Diversity programs are great because they have already established a relationship with a company so the company is more likely to take more interns from the program rather than pulling from a random pool of 1000+ applicants. Here are some of the top programs that can help take your career to the next level.
CODE2040 Fellows Program
CODE2040's flagship program places top performing Black and Latinx college level computer science students from around the country in an intensive summer career accelerator in the San Francisco Bay Area. Students intern at top tech companies and participate in a series of career building sessions on evenings and weekends. CODE2040 also has programs for entrepreneurs that are powered by Google.
Management Leadership For Tomorrow (MLT)
MLT’s Career Prep Program helps you conquer the job search process, maximize your college and internship experience and accelerate your post-undergraduate career. MLT provides you with eighteen months of one-on-one coaching, in-person workshops, a personalized playbook to maximize your career success and an extensive network of over 5,000 MLT Rising Leaders. You must apply as a sophomore or graduate within two years. Ninety-eight percent of Career Prep Fellows secure full-time offers by graduation and many students brag about how MLT is life-changing. Some of MLT’s partners include top companies such as Google, LinkedIn, Goldman Sachs, Disney and more.
T. Howard Foundation
The T. Howard Foundation recognizes the importance and value of a culturally diverse and highly skilled workforce. Their goal is to increase the representation of minorities in the media and entertainment industry through comprehensive programs designed for college students and young professionals. T. Howard has an Internship Program, where they work to assign media students to paid internships, a Talent Development Program and a Diversity Development Program. T. Howard’s partner companies include A&E Networks, Viacom, NBC Universal, The Walt Disney Company, ESPN and more!
Thurgood Marshall College Foundation
Thurgood Marshall College Fund helps students acquire a high-quality college education at an affordable cost, develops leaders of tomorrow and connects high performing students with top tier employment opportunities. TMCF member-schools remain a vital source of higher education for all students and more than 80% of all students enrolled in HBCUs attend TMCF member-schools. Partner companies include Hershey, JP Morgan Chase and Apple.
The Emma Bowen Fellows Program provides multi-year internships to students of color at media companies across the country. Each student works as a paid summer intern for each summer following their selection as an Emma Bowen Foundation Fellow through their college graduation, gaining significant on-the-job training in their field and making connections with colleagues and mentors. Any college student is eligible to apply for Emma Bowen—you just need at least a 3.0 GPA! Partner companies include Comcast, HBO and more.
Emma Bowen specializes in placing their students in areas such as the Business of Media (Sales, Public Relations, Marketing, Human Resources), Content of Media (News Production, Broadcast Journalism, and Print Journalism), and Innovation of Media (Engineering, Software Development, Digital Marketing, Coding, etc.)
INROADS help businesses gain access to diverse talent through continuous leadership development at many of North America’s top corporations, firms and organizations. Clients receive a savings of time and dollars spent recruiting, screening, matching, coaching and training their diverse interns. They accept majors in Business, Finance, Accounting, Economics, Engineering (STEM), Supply Chain Management, Computer Science/MIS, Healthcare, Retail Management and Liberal Arts. They have multiple programs for current interns, alumni, college students and military participants. Some partner companies include KPMG International, Facebook and JCPenney. INROADS has a place for almost every major.
SEO Career is a professional development and internship program targeting talented Black, Hispanic and Native American undergrads. They provide the education, development, growth and experience needed to gain a competitive advantage and launch your career. SEO has internships focused on private equity, internal audit, human resources and more. SEO is one of the few career programs that focus on law for students. Some of their partners include Accenture, IBM and John Deere.
To increase diversity in the workplace, programs like the above are great so we encourage you to apply to where you fit in according to your personal career goals.
Khadejah Stegall is a mommy blogger that inspires others to achieve the impossible through the power of Jesus. She enjoys family time, eating plant-based meals when it's convenient and mentoring others on professional development. To be inspired by more post, follow her blog at khadejahstegall.com