First Ever Virtual National HBCU Week and Conference


Every year, the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (Initiative), Executive Office of the President and U.S. Department of Education look forward to hosting the nation’s premiere gathering of students, stakeholders, supporters and stewards of America’s historically black colleges and universities (HBCU). Today, we are excited to announce the 2020 Virtual National HBCU Week and Conference, September 20-26. 

The 2020 Virtual National HBCU Week and Conference experience is necessary due to uncertainty caused by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic and national emergency, which make hosting the in-person conference untenable. Moreover, the Initiative is committed to continuing to leverage our platform to provide meaningful experiences for the HBCU field. Over the next two months, the Initiative will partner with our Federal and non-Federal allies to develop a calendar of online offerings, exploring webinars, conference calls, and other supplementary means, to engage, inform and deliver value to the HBCU community during the 2020 Virtual National HBCU Week and Conference. Expect to hear from us again by mid-August.

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Thank you for your understanding and we look forward to working with you to ensure a spectacular 2020 Virtual National HBCU Week and Conference!

College Signing Day!

On May 1st White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities celebrated and recognized college signing day, continuing the tradition to celebrate students going to college the same way we celebrate athletes and celebrities. Since the start of college signing day, there have been well over 1,000 College Signing Day events in almost all 50 states, along with the many others we believe that education deserves to be celebrated. Today we want to feature some future students who have chosen to attend some our nations HBCUs.


Bryce M. Johnson








Future HBCU: Howard University
Major: Psychology

“I felt it was very important for me as a black man who will face many challenges to be rooted in culture of positivity and success. A structure is only as good as the foundation in which it is rooted and this rich institution is the best pillar for a bright and meaningful future.” – Bryce


Ja’Nayah Hines










Future HBCU: Morgan State University
Major: Biology

“I selected this HBCU because it has many things to offer as I continue to grow and expand my academic horizon. It’s not too far from home but far enough to get a real taste of independence.”- Ja’Nayah

Beatriz Alvarez










Future HBCU: Morgan State University
Major: Psychology

“I applied it to many universities including Towson, UMBC, Bowie but got rejected and gladly Morgan state accepted me. I heard that Morgan had a great psychology field and it really interested me. Being rejected from every college besides Morgan made me think, what if this is the school for me. I’m happy to say that I will be one of the 3 in my family to attend a University!”- Beatriz

Isha Kanu










Future HBCU: Coppin State University
Major: Computer Science
“I chose Coppin State University out of the many other schools I’ve applied to throughout my senior year because not only is it one of the affordable schools in Maryland, but it’s many different programs- such as criminal justice, biological sciences, sports and health information are of interest to me. I told my parents that I was really interested in the Coppin State and after the college tour, we felt it would be a good fit for me. We loved the way the campus looked and how there were so many people of color. I am so excited to attend this HBCU!” – Isha









La’Shaun Cole
Future HBCU: Benedict College
Major: Biology

“The reason I chose this HBCU and the reason I am going is because this HBCU gave me the most money to go to their school but also, I already wanted to experience the culture and the people. From what I see on T.V, I knew I wanted to be a part of it ever since I was little.”- La’Shaun









Khianna Thomas

Future HBCU: Benedict College
Major: Psychology

“I am attending my HBCU Benedict College because it is a very family-oriented school. The college also has a wonderful psychology program that will really help me when transitioning into medical school.”- Khianna

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Summer Internship Now Open!

The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities offers full-time internships year round (spring, summer, and fall). Part-time applicants who can commit to at least 20 hours a week will be considered, although the Initiative prioritizes full-time applicants (32-40 hours a week). Internships are available in Washington, DC at the U.S. Department of Education, Initiative headquarters.

The Initiative is responsible for the implementation of Executive Order 13779, dated February 28, 2017.  Its purpose is to promote Excellence and Innovation at HBCUs.

Interns at the Initiative are responsible for assisting the staff on a wide range of HBCU issues and priorities, including economic competiveness, economic development, education, workforce diversity and workforce development. In addition, interns will help write memos and proposals, assist with communications and social media, coordinate and staff events, and conduct outreach to national and local HBCU organizations and leaders.

Applicants for intern positions must be undergraduates or graduate students who are enrolled at least half-time. at an HBCU.  Candidates should be familiar with HBCU issues and have outstanding research, writing, communications, and computer skills.

How to Apply:*

If you are interested in applying, please visit the Department of Education’s Internship page for detailed instructions and the internship application.

Additionally, please send the following to

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Department of Education Internship Application

(*If not accepted to this program in our office, your application may be passed onto other federal agencies for consideration.)


Please note that the dates below are approximate. Based on a student’s availability and school schedule, internships can begin or end before or after the dates indicated below.

  • Fall
    • Dates of program: September through December
    • Submission Deadline: July 15
  • Winter/Spring
    • Dates of program: January through May
    • Submission Deadline: October 1
  • Summer
    • Dates of program: May/June through July/August
    • Submission Deadline: March 15

All applicants must be:

  • At least 18 years of age
  • Enrolled at and HBCU in a degree-seeking program at an accredited academic institution
  • U.S. Citizen and authorized to work in the United States

All internship positions at the U.S. Department of Education, White House Initiative on HBCUs are unpaid. The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability and genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.


Internship Opportunity for HBCU Students: Clemson African Area African American Museum

The Clemson Area African-American Museum is looking for a college student who can multitask, communicate well verbally, and has strong organizational skills to assist with graphic design and social media for the museum.

CAAAM collects and showcases the historical achievements of local African-Americans by serving as a resource center to engage the community in intellectual discourse about the past.  The museum offers exhibits which depict the history and contributions by African-Americans to Pickens County, South Carolina and other parts of South Carolina.

Interested applicants are to send resumes to and The application deadline is April 15th, 2018.

Address and phone number of the Museum:  214 Butler Street Clemson, SC 29631  864-654-2944
Name of Internship: New Media Internship
Duration: The internship will be 6 months
Website for Museum:

SAVE THE DATE! HBCYOU: Professional Development Series 1, Pinpoint, Prepare, & Propel the Leader in You!

The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities is excited to announce the HBCYOU Professional Development Speaker Series.  This speaker series is designed to connect students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) with non-profit organizations, federal agencies, and young professionals to discuss professional development opportunities and identify challenges and solutions HBCU students face when preparing for and entering the 21st century workforce.

 The sessions has been designed in a progression first focusing on self-awareness, career exploration,  civic engagement and leadership, personal brand management, and ending with navigating the marketplace for jobs in the public sector.

Plan For Success

Each person brings individual qualities, experiences and values when engaging in leadership; the understanding of these aspects about yourself is essential. In this session students will learn how self-knowledge impacts their goals as a leader and can help them navigate interactions with others. After this session, students will be able to better define who they are, and why they should be sought out!

About the Speaker

Dr. Bernadette M. Gailliard is a researcher, trainer, and consultant who helps organizations support the success of emerging leaders. Dr. Gailliard is currently the Co-Director of the Program for Early Career Excellence and a faculty member in the Department of Communication in the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University. Her published articles can be found in Management Communication Quarterly, Communication Yearbook, and Human Relations.

Webinar information!

To join WebEx Series:

  • Windows must use Internet Explorer v9 or higher
  • MAC must use Safari

Go to:
2. Enter your name and email address.
3. Enter the session password: welcome
4. Click “Join Now”.
5. Follow the instructions that appear on your screen.
For Audio:

Webinar Call Line will be added at a later date!


HBCU Opportunity with One Heart Source!

One Heart Source is a top-rated, registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization with highly ethical standards and over ten years of experience. They offer a high quality  of experiential learning programs for university undergraduate and postgraduate students seeking a transformational international experience through meaningful service.

Their programs focus on global mentorship, community health, and cultural immersion. If you believe you or other students will be interested, please see the link below about their internship opportunities in South Africa.

HBCU Opportunity with One Heart Source

Now Accepting Applications for 2018 Spring Internship!!!

The U.S. Department of Education, White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities is seeking interns for Spring 2018!

This year-round volunteer Internship Program provides current HBCU students with an opportunity to learn more about HBCUs and their impact on the economy, higher education policy, federal funding opportunities, communications, and outreach. This internship will be based at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C. The Initiative and Department will not sponsor travel or lodging.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Collecting and compiling research and data related to HBCUs;
  • Participating in strategic planning meetings, staff meetings and other Department briefings and meetings relevant to the work of the Initiative;
  • Compiling meeting minutes;
  • Assisting and creating and/or updating presentations, fact sheets, one-pagers and talking points;
  • Greeting and escorting visitors to meetings;
  • Assisting with planning and implementation needs for upcoming local events and meetings, which can include collecting/researching background materials, creating promotional materials; and
  • Contributing to the creative efforts of the Initiative.

In addition, opportunities for developmental growth are welcomed and encouraged, such as informational meetings with senior Department officials and officials from external organizations.  Throughout the course of the internship students will have the opportunity to attend and potentially lead in the planning and management of meetings, briefings and other special events on the Hill, the White House and in other federal agencies. Duties also will vary slightly for students pursuing terminal degrees such as Ph.D. or E.D. Candidates.

Skills needed:

  • Ability to work well independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to organize and prioritize work
  • Excellent research skills
  • Excellent oral, written, and editing communication skills
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access)
  • Takes initiative and proactively tackles responsibilities
  • Ability to work across networks

Duty Timeframe

  • Interns must be available to be in the office at least three days per week. Office hours can be negotiated.
  • Spring Internship will take place February-May


  • You must be a U.S. citizen or have a resident visa to apply.
  • You also must be enrolled part- or full-time in an accredited HBCU.
  • Incomplete application packets will be immediately disqualified from consideration. Please also proofread your materials before submission.

How to Apply:

Please send a copy of your resume to: with the subject: 2018 HBCU Spring Internship. Upon receipt of your resume an application link will be sent for your completion.

Complete spring 2018 Internship Applications are due December 5, 2017

We are not accepting SUMMER 2018 applications at this time.

2018 OFC Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program


Join us for an exciting three-day entrepreneurial training and app development experience! The OFC Innovation and Entrepreneurship (I&E) Program is looking for 100 of the greatest young minds, who think critically, creatively, and are passionate about solving problems. Compete against your peers in a 72-hour workshop that will both challenge and reward you! Students will be tasked with developing solutions to business, social, or educational problems and then pitching their ideas to a panel of expert judges comprised of entrepreneurs, small business owners, executives, venture capitalists and other investors. Prizes have included an opportunity to attend Apple’s WWDC conference, Leadership Exchange Study Abroad Scholarship, Macbooks, and iPads to name a few.

The OFC Innovation and Entrepreneurship Conference is an optimum opportunity for students to learn, engage in hands-on exercises, and develop the three C’s of an Entrepreneurial Mindset: Curiosity, Connections, and Creating Value.

Location: Durham, NC

Dates: May 2018



– Enrolled in a full-time program of study at a four-year, degree-granting HBCU or PBI

-Freshman, Sophomore, or Junior during the fall of 2017.

– Willing to grow and learn in a collaborative environment

– Interested in learning how to develop or expand an entrepreneurial mindset

– All majors are encouraged to apply for the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Boot Camp.

The Application Deadline for OFC is Friday, March 2, 2018 at 11:59 pm EDT.



Come meet the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement

Speed Networking with the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs

Interested in the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs?

When Thursday, join our Speed Mentoring event on

Thursday, November 9, 2:00pm to 3:30pm.

Interested in learning more about careers at the State Department, and specifically, the State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL)?

Come network with representatives from INL — and learn about their exciting careers keeping Americans safe at home by countering international crime, illegal drugs, and instability abroad.

INL helps countries deliver justice and fairness by strengthening their police, courts, and corrections systems. These efforts reduce the amount of crime and illegal drugs reaching U.S. shores.

We are inviting DC-area undergraduate and graduate students to come learn more about the Department of State, careers in the Foreign and Civil Service, and to meet professionals making a real difference each and every day.

This event will be held on Thursday, November 9, from 2:00pm to 3:30pm in Washington DC. Students will have the opportunity to engage in a “speed mentoring” session – rotating between tables with INL experts grouped by questions of interest or areas of expertise. You don’t want to miss this networking opportunity!

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Reminder: This event is for students only.

You will be asked to submit security information in the registration form to be able to access the building. Please meet at 502 23rd Street NW, Washington, DC (in front of City Segway Tours) at 1:30pm sharp to be escorted into the building. 

Dress is Business Casual 

HBCU CDM 10th Annual National Conference!! November 1-3, 2017!!

The Historically Black Colleges and Universities Career Development Marketplace (HBCU CDM) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit founded in 2001. The HBCU CDM mission is to inform and educate students from HBCUs about corporate America as they transition into the workforce. The conference has remained free for students to attend and as a result, strengthened the leadership and professional skills of thousands of HBCU graduates.

The 10th Annual National Conference will take place at the Hotel at the University of Maryland, College Park. We look forward to welcoming over 400 students from 20+ HBCUs across the country. During the conference the students will have the opportunity to meet potential employers, engage in workshops, get inspired from the speakers and of course network to jumpstart their career in corporate America.

Registration is required. This event is FREE for HBCU students! We hope you will join! See information link below.

HBCU Career Development Marketplace