2016 All-Star Application Now Available: Submission Deadline is May 13th!!

The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) works to promote HBCU excellence, innovation, and sustainability. The Initiative recognizes undergraduate, graduate, and professional students for their accomplishments in scholarship, leadership, and civic engagement.

2016 HBCU All Star Application Form

The Review Process

Frequently Asked Questions


The appointment period will last approximately one year, and during this time students will serve as ambassadors of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities by providing outreach opportunities and communications to their fellow students about the value of education and the Initiative as a networking resource. Through social media, personal and professional relationships with community-based organizations, student will share promising and proven practices that support opportunities for all young people to realize their educational and career potential. The program will provide an opportunity to participate in regional and national events, as well as, web chats with Initiative staff and other professionals from a wide range of disciplines that support a spirit of engagement and personal and professional development.


1. Nominee must be a current undergraduate, graduate, or professional student at a Historically Black College or University (HBCU). Student must be enrolled for the 2016-2017 fall semester. View HBCU Listing by State

2. Only complete applications will be accepted. This includes signed nomination form, unofficial transcripts, short essays, resume and endorsement letter.

3. Submissions entered past the May 13th due date will not be acknowledged.

For more information regarding the 2016 HBCU All-Star Student program and application contact: hbcuallstars@ed.gov and follow us on Twitter @WHI_HBCUs

NASA Community College (NCAS) program- Apply Now!

NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars (NCAS) Application is Open!

Do you know a community college student who dreams of having a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) career?  NCAS helps community college STEM students experience and envision a career at NASA and encourages them to finish a 2-year degree or transfer to a 4-year university in pursuit of a STEM degree.

Visit the NCAS website to learn more: http://ncas.aerospacescholars.org

To participate, a student must be:

  • A US Citizen.
  • At least 18 years of age and a high school graduate or equivalent.
  • A registered community college student who will continue in the upcoming fall semester.
  • Have a minimum of 9 hours STEM coursework (cumulative).
  • Able to commit to 5 weeks working online with NASA with the potential for a 4-day onsite visit.
  • Able to access the internet.


Don’t Delay! Applications are due June 1, 2016

Email questions to: JSC-NCAS@mail.nasa.gov

Alicia Baturoni Cortez, NCAS Activity Manager

NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars


NASA Johnson Space Center

2101 NASA Parkway, Mail Code AD4

Houston, TX 77058

(281) 483-0493


ED Design Studio Internship Program- Scholars Needed

Are you passionate about using your design talent to make the world a better place?

Do you believe visual design can make complicated information easy to understand?

Would you like to learn more about federal education policy while sharpening your design and multimedia communication skills?

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) is on the lookout for talented students to be part of our inaugural ED Design Studio Internship Program.

This new program is part of the official ED Summer Volunteer Unpaid Internship Program, though the deadline for applications is extended to April 8, 2016, for this program only. Please see eligibility information here and be sure to see additional application instructions below.

Students who are members of under-represented groups are especially encouraged to apply.

Think you might be interested? Here are some answers to questions you may have.

What would I be doing, exactly?

During your internship you might –

• Use Adobe Creative Suite to design infographics for social media, blogs, and other digital platforms that will be seen by a national audience;

• Use sticky notes during a brainstorm session to come up with ideas for high-impact visuals to accompany a high-profile report;

• Use PowerPoint to help a senior staff member turn a text-heavy set of bullets into an elegant presentation for a national education conference or an internal meeting;

• Offer in-person workshops or one-on-one coaching to help staffers learn basic drawing techniques for use with easel pads while facilitating meetings;

• Advise policy officials on options for data visualization graphics and tools;

• Recruit a design expert to offer a workshop on design thinking and user-centered design;

• Attend a public event in the DC area where you see your work put into action;

• Make progress on your own idea for a project that combines your design/multimedia interests and the Department’s mission.

What is the commitment?

Minimum of eight weeks, 20 to 40 hours per week. Ideally you would be in the program full time for a few months, but since this is an unpaid opportunity we understand some candidates may have to work a part-time job too, and we are open to candidates in that situation.

Who would I work with?

The position works closely with the Office of Communications and Outreach (OCO), the Office of the Undersecretary (OUS), and the Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE). In a typical week you would collaborate with writers and the press team, as well as policy advisors, support staff, and senior officials in multiple offices.

Who is ED looking for?

In addition to the basic eligibility requirements, we are looking for high school, undergraduate, or graduate students with proficient graphic design/multimedia skills, a passion for education, and a can-do, “yes-and!” attitude. If you’re someone who works well in a fast-paced environment, takes initiative and learns from mistakes, and stays flexible and positive as things change, you could be a great fit.

Anything else?

If you have a talent for snappy writing, teaching/coaching others, or facilitating groups, that would be icing on the cake.

Why the rushed timeline?

We didn’t come across many students with strong graphic design backgrounds in our usual summer internship search process. We are now doing targeted outreach to find people like you, so we are a little behind in the process. Once we select the successful candidate(s), there is a rigorous vetting process to get through, so we want that to begin as soon as possible.

I see the application instructions in the “How to Apply” section of the ED Student Volunteer Unpaid Internship Program web site. Anything else I need to do to be considered for the ED Design Studio Internship Program?

Yes! Glad you asked. Three additional things, please:

1. In your resume or cover letter please identify your software program and design/multimedia proficiencies.

2. Please share your portfolio by attaching a single file (not larger than 10MB) or including a link.

3. Please cc Philip.Martin@ed.gov, Aketa.Williams@ed.gov, and Andy.Le@ed.gov when you submit your materials to StudentInterns@ed.gov.

Anything else I should know?

Applications are due no later than April 8, 2016. We are reviewing applications on a rolling basis, so it is in your interest to submit your application as soon as possible.

Thank you for considering this opportunity!

You can learn more about the Department’s work here.


Expanded Success Initiative College Fair, Tuesday May 17, 2016

The Expanded Success Initiative (ESI) cordially invites you to participate in our 2nd Annual College Fair, “Changing the Narrative”. The college fair is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Baruch College

This year the Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color (COSEBOC) in partnership with the Young Men’s Initiative and ESI will host its Annual Gathering of Leaders in New York City. The gathering will take place May 18- 21. The college fair is one of the events leading up to the conference. ESI invites and encourage you to stay in New York to participate in this dynamic professional conference. To register for this conference please visit the COSEBOC website.

We hope your schedule will be able to accommodate our invitation. Please RSVP by April 15, 2016. If you have any questions or require additional information, please contact Camille Kinlock, Associate Director: ckinlock@schools.nyc.gov or call (212)-356-3759.

To learn more about the Expanded Success Initiative please visit: www.esinyc.com



National Museum of African Art

Smithsonian Institution

Registration Department


The Smithsonian National Museum of African Art (NMAfA) is seeking an enthusiastic summer intern to work with the Registration department on a host of tasks and projects. The intern will learn the fundamentals of stewardship and best practices in collections management both by assisting and shadowing the Head and Assistant Registrars and actively participating in departmental projects. He or she will gain proficiency in The Museum System (TMS), learn the standards for proper object handling, and understand the process for depositing and accessioning works of art. By attending weekly and monthly meetings, he or she will gain a solid understanding of how the Registration department functions within the museum as a whole.


The intern may assist with the following projects:

– Yearly inventory of 10% of the permanent collection.

– Processing deposits, including unpacking, condition reporting, photography, and generation of paper and electronic records.

– Applying semi-permanent object numbers to the accessioned collection.

– Packing objects in preparation for outgoing loan.

– Preparing housing for a recent acquisition.

– Researching artist’s points of contact for the purpose of generating copyright requests.

– Digitizing object labels.

– Digitizing accession paperwork.


– Graduate student or rising senior pursuing a Museum Studies, Art History, Anthropology or related degree

Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite

– Strong organizational and interpersonal skills

– Interest in pursuing a career in collections management


This internship is offered in a full-time or part-time capacity for a period of 8-10 weeks. Send resume, list of three professional references, and a cover letter explaining how this internship will further your professional goals to Clarissa Fostel, Head Registrar, fostelc@si.edu. Applications accepted until April 11, 2016. Please email with any inquiries.

Visit our website to learn more about the mission, collections, exhibitions and programs.


White House Internship Program and D.C. Scholars – Final Application Cycles




Do you know leaders interested in interning at the White House for the Obama Administration?  Encourage them to apply today for the Fall 2016 White House Internship Program – the final internship opportunity in the Obama Administration.  This select group of young men and women from across the country dedicate their time, talents, energy, and service to better the White House, the community, and the nation.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens, 18 years of age or older before the first day of the internship, and meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program at a college, community college, or university (two-to-four year institution)
  • Graduated from an undergraduate or graduate degree program at a college, community college, or university (two-to-four year institution) no more than two years before the first day of the internship
  • A veteran of the United States Armed Forces who possesses a high school diploma or its equivalent and has served on active duty, for any length of time, in the two years preceding the first day of the internship

Every summer since the start of the Obama Administration in 2009, graduating high school seniors from public and charter high schools in the District of Columbia have been invited to apply for a part-time summer internship opportunity at the White House through the D.C. Scholars Program at the White House.

Additional information on both programs, including eligibility requirements, application materials, and internship timelines are available on our website: https://www.whitehouse.gov/participate/internships/about.

How can you help?

  • Promote the White House Internship Program at your alma mater.  Email internship_info@who.eop.gov for more information.
  • Encourage eligible applicants to apply before the deadline – the final intern application cycle in the Obama Administration!  The Fall 2016 White House Internship Program application cycle closes on Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 11:59 PM, EST and the application for the D.C. Scholars Program at the White House closes on Sunday, April 24, 2016 at 11:59 PM EST.  Application questions should be directed to intern_application@who.eop.gov and DCScholar_Info@who.eop.gov.
  • Distribute the attached flyers to potential applicants and other contacts who may be interested in the program.


USDA, Rural Development Agency Webinar, March 24th, 1-3PM EST

On Thursday, March 24, 2016  the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Agency will conduct a webinar.

This webinar will feature a presentation by Departmental programs for U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Agency highlighting their funding opportunities for HBCUs. Attendees will gain an understanding of how their work and research matches available USDA opportunities. Faculty, staff, and administrators from the HBCU community are invited to view the webinar live and ask questions. Registration information is below.

Date:   Thursday, March 24 

Time:  1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

  1. For the Webinar, navigate to the following url: https://usdard.adobeconnect.com/gbojes/
  2. For Audio Only, Dial into the conference line (888-844-9904) from your phone and provide the access code (6815772#)

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)

The National Science Foundation recently issues a Dear Colleague Letter (full text below) announcing a change in eligibility to the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP).  This does not impact GRFP applicants that are currently undergraduates, effective with the 2017 competition (Fall 2016 deadlines), NSF will limit graduate students to only one application to the GRFP. 


Candidate Search, NSF Asst. Director for Mathematical and Physical Sciences

NSF is initiating a national search for the National Science Foundation’s Assistant Director for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS) and seek your assistance in the identification of candidates. Dr. Fleming Crim has served in this position, with distinction, since January 2013.

The Assistant Director, MPS, leads a directorate comprised of five divisions – Astronomical Sciences (AST), Chemistry (CHE), Materials Research (DMR), Mathematical Sciences (DMS), Physics (PHY) – and the Office of Multidisciplinary Activities (OMA). Enclosed is an information sheet that summarizes the directorate’s activities and the responsibilities of the position, together with the criteria that will be used in the search.

We are very pleased to announce that Dr. Saul Perlmutter, Franklin W. and Karen Weber Dabby Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, will head the search committee. We seek your help in identifying candidates with the following qualifications: outstanding leadership; a deep sense of scholarship; a grasp of the issues facing the mathematical and physical sciences in the areas of research and education; experience developing and overseeing complex scientific facilities; and the ability to serve effectively as a key member of the NSF management team. Recommendations of individuals from any sector – academic, industry, or government – are welcome. The National Science Foundation is an equal opportunity employer committed to employing a highly qualified staff that reflects the diversity of our nation.

Please send your recommendations, including any supporting information that you can provide, to the AD/MPS Search Committee via e mail (mpssrch@nsf.gov) or at the following address: National Science Foundation, Office of the Director, Suite 1205, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230. We would appreciate receiving your recommendations by May 13, 2016.