Back to School Week

The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities Presents: Back to School Week!

The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities has partnered with several of our Federal Agency Partners to present Back to School Week on September 19th-23rd 2016.  This week-long celebration will bring federal agencies closer to HBCU students to highlight student opportunities in the government and shine a light on some of the work of the agencies.  To reach as many HBCU students as possible, we will provide a mix of both in-person and virtual events.  Be sure to read each event description as some require pre-registration.  Please check back as we are constantly updating the list of events. Happy Back to School Time!



Agency: United States Agency for International Development

Title of Event: Career options in International development with USAID

Event Location: In-person and Virtual (location and link will be provided with registration)

Date & Time: September 22nd@10:00am – 12:00am

Event Description: This presentation provides an overview of the Career Opportunities available at USAID. It will feature Panel discussions of HBCU graduates who work at the agency as general schedule or Foreign Service employees.

Registration information: Registration is now closed.

Target Audience: HBCU Students, especially seniors or recent graduates

Point of Contact: John Watson, Minority Serving Institution Coordinator:

Linda Wilson, Human Capitol and Talent Management:         



Agencies: Department of Commerce and Office of Personnel Management

Title of Event: “Lesser Known Pathways to Public Service: Schedule C Political Appointments”

Event Location: 1401 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20230

Date & Time: Wednesday, September 21, 1-3pm

Description:  Most likely, you have heard about the traditional, more talked about “Pathways” to federal employment opportunities, such as fellowships or internships and full-time positions for current students and recent graduates that you can apply for career through USAJOBs. However, do you know about the lesser known Pathway to Federal public service: political appointee positions?

Come learn more about political appointees, who are federal employees appointed by the administration for a certain length of time, at various levels, to support and advocate the President’s political policies and goals. Our panel of political appointees, many of whom are graduates of HBCUs, will talk about their public service experiences working as political appointees.

Registration Information: Registration is now closed.

POC Name/Email/Phone: Stacy Carter,, 202-482-8190



Agency: Department of Education

Title of Event: “The Federal Application Process (USAJOBS) from a Human Resource Specialist’s Perspective”

Event Location: Webinar

Date(s) & Time(s): Thursday, September 22, 2016 2pm-3pm; Friday, September 23, 2016 10am-11am

Event Description: This session will assist students in their ability to navigate through USAJobs to find vacancies that match their skill set and desired job location. Once that is established, a step by step presentation will be provided on how to prepare an impactful resume that will increase the possibility of making the Certification and having their resume reviewed by the Hiring Manager.

Target Audience: HBCU Students, especially seniors or recent graduates

Point of Contact: Anthony Bell;; 202-260-4412




Agency: Department of Homeland Security

Title of Event: “Make Your Impact While DHS Secures the Homeland”

Event Location: In-Person (Address provided with registration confirmation.)

Date & Time: September 20, 2016/1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Event Description: Panel discussion with representatives from DHS Operational and Support Components followed by moderated question and answer session.

Target Audience: HBCU students with an interest in law enforcement-related occupations; STEM; and social science majors.

POC Name/Email/Phone: Michelle McGriff, Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties/ 202-357-1261



Agency: National Institute of Justice

Title of Event: “Research Fellowship Opportunities at the National Institute of Justice”

Event Location: Webinar (See link below)

Date/Time:  September 19 from 3-4pm

Description: This webinar, led by Howard Spivak, M.D., Principal Deputy Director of the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), will provide an overview of the research fellowship opportunities provided by NIJ, including the Graduate Research Fellowship Program, W.E.B. DuBois Fellowship, Visiting Fellows Program, New Investigator/Early Career Program, and Research Assistantship Program. These fellowships provide opportunities for early career as well as experienced researchers in the social and behavioral sciences and STEM disciplines. The overall goal of these fellowship programs is to increase and diversify the pool of scholars and disciplines engaged in research that addresses the challenges of crime and justice in the United States, particularly at the state and local levels.

Target Audience: HBCU Graduate Students

POC Name/Email/Phone: Katie Gresham,, 202-514-9395



Agency: Department of Labor (USDOL), Office of Apprenticeship

Title of Event: “How students at HBCUs can achieve high-paying careers through Registered Apprenticeship”

Event Location: Webinar: Click here to join the meeting and also call:  888-913-8760 code: 4834168

Date & Time: September 20th, 4-5 pm EST

Description: This webinar, led by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Apprenticeship, will provide students at HBCUs with an overview of Registered Apprenticeship (RA) programs. This program is not an unpaid internship; rather an opportunity for students to get a foot in the door at a company that supports in-house, upward mobility. The USDOL’s Office of Apprenticeship is collaborating with 260 colleges in its Registered Apprenticeship College Consortium (RACC), a network of RA programs and colleges that are in agreement to provide college credit for RA. In this presentation, students will learn about Registered Apprenticeship opportunities that exist in various industries such as in finance and insurance, healthcare, IT, and advanced manufacturing. Registered Apprenticeship experts from Denmark Technical College in South Carolina and a graduate of an IT Registered Apprenticeship will share information on the multiple benefits of apprenticeship programs for students at HBCUs. There will be an opportunity for Q&A at the end of the webinar.

POC Name/Email/Phone: Amy Firestone;; 202-693-3998



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Agency: National Endowment for the Humanities

Title of Event: “Humanities and HBCUs”

Event Location: 400 7th Street SW, Washington D.C. (

Date & Time: Friday, September 23, 2016 2pm-3pm

Event Description: This session will introduce students to the work of the National Endowment for the Humanities, a federal agency that supports colleges and universities, museums, libraries, public broadcasting, and state humanities councils. Students will learn about NEH’s mission, ways NEH supports HBCUs, NEH-funded programming in communities across the country, and opportunities for internships and other engagement in NEH’s work.

Target Audience: HBCU undergraduate and graduate students




Agency: Office of Personnel Management

Title of Event: “Pathways Programs for Students and Recent Graduates”

Event Location: Webinar (See link below)

Date & Time: September 20th @10:00am – 11:00am

Event Description:  This presentation provides an overview of the Pathways Programs – Internship Program, Recent Graduates Program and Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program and how to apply for these job opportunities.

Target Audience: HBCU students

POC Name/Email/Phone: Kamille Smith, 202-606-2458,



Peace Corps

Title of Event:  Peace Corps Service and Beyond: Two alumna, One amazing experience

Event Location: Virtual

Date & Time: Wednesday, September 21st @1:00pm

Event Description: As part of The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities HBCU alumna will share about their respective Peace Corps services abroad and their career trajectories in public service and international affairs.  A Q&A along with tips for applying for the October 1st deadline will be included.  Please join us!

Target Audience: HBCU students, 1st year – 4th year students, grad students

Points of Contact:  Byron L. Williams,; Portia Boykin,