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.


Health and Awareness Summit for HBCU Students!

Each year the White House Initiative on HBCUs has the opportunity to support the Affordable Care Act with outreach to our HBCUs. As the last enrollment period during President Obama’s final term, we are excited to establish innovative programming in partnership with our HBCUs. Open Enrollment for the Affordable Care Act occurs November 1st, 2016 – January 2017. Traditionally, the White House Initiative for HBCUs and other federal agencies have host phone-a-thons on campus to reach their local communities and encourage enrollment.

This year, we would like to extend our outreach to engage current HBCU students around relevant health concerns that impact their lives. Each summit will be an intimate conversation surrounding a pre-selected theme. We have been collaborating with select HBCU Student Activities offices to curate a one day summit that fits the needs and demographics of the student body. On January 11, 2017 we will conduct a summit at Virginia Union University. Additional information is listed below.


Early Registration Open: 2017 HBCU Foreign Policy Conference

The Bureau of Public Affairs is excited to welcome students and faculty of Historically and Predominately Black Colleges and Universities to the U.S Department of State for the 8th annual HBCU Foreign Policy Conference!!

When: Friday, February 17, 2017


Where: 2201 C Street NW

Washington, DC 205520

Enter at the 21st Street and Virginia Ave side


Get more information

Register Now!

The agenda will feature senior State Department officials, diplomatic simulation sessions, as well as presentations on career opportunities and student exchanges. 

U.S. Department of the Interior’s Grant Opportunity Database and Reference Tool

U.S. Department of the Interior grant opportunities are available to colleges and universities throughout the United States.  This information is provided to you as a part of the Department’s outreach efforts to ensure that you are aware of such opportunities that may be of benefit your institution.  Some of these opportunities close as late as September 30, 2016.

However, we encourage you to also visit the following link: ( to seek upcoming opportunities and to build a working relationship with each of the program offices as noted.

Request for PAESMEM Nominations – Nomination Period Ends June 17

Nominations are now open for the 2017 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM). The deadline to submit nominations is Friday, June 17, 2016.  The nomination solicitation is available online at

Eligible science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) mentors, both individuals and organizations, may self-nominate or be nominated by a colleague or friend. Nominations of non-academic organizations and small businesses working to expand STEM talent by mentoring in formal and informal settings also are encouraged.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) administers the award program on behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). STEM mentoring activities in all sciences, including the biomedical sciences, are eligible for nomination.

NSF is casting a wider net this nomination season to ensure all STEM mentors in the country are recognized for their contributions and to send a message that expanding STEM talent is a community effort.  “It’s important to have a robust pool of nominations because that’s really the best way that NSF can get a national snapshot of all of the great work that’s going on in mentoring. Not everyone will win, of course, but we really can best shape our programs when we have a good understanding of what the great ideas are, where people are having success, and how well they’re doing,” said Dr. Joan Ferrini-Mundy, assistant director of NSFs Directorate for Education and Human Resources.

An HBCU Symposium: Promoting & Preserving Our Roots

We are so pleased to announce the debut of An HBCU Symposium: Promoting & Preserving Our Roots. The Symposium Staff, would like to invite you to join us in this Symposium: Wednesday February 10 – Friday February 12, 2016 at Florida Memorial University in Miami, FL.

We encourage you to share this invitation with your institution’s Student Government Association (SGA), Graduate Student Association (GSA), Royal Court, Campus Activities Board (CAB), National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) and as many other groups or individuals from your individual campus and other HBCUs-at-large who you feel would be both interested in and benefit from attending this Symposium.

As all HBCUs are invited, it is advised that you collaborate with your Office of Student Activities or Affairs in regards to your institution’s participation in the Symposium.

Click here to register. Registration is NOW OPEN!!

Please Contact Marquise McGriff, HBCU All- Star, Florida Memorial Univerisity for additional information!

Marquise McGriff





Empowering Working Families Across America with Valerie Jarrett and Mayor Kasim Reed- July 7th

With Special Thanks to the City of Atlanta and Mayor Kasim Reed,

The White House and Department of Labor invite you to participate in an

  Armchair Conversation on “Lead on Leave: Empowering Working Families Across America”

Building on the President’s State of the Union announcements supporting greater workplace flexibility for families, the White House and the Department of Labor are pleased to invite you to our next step in the “Lead on Leave: Empowering Working Families Across America” tour. We hope you can join Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, and Senior Advisor to President Obama and Chair of the White House Council on Women & Girls Valerie Jarrett for this important conversation about how to support working families across the nation.

When:            Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Please arrive by 11:00 AM. The program will begin at 11:15 AM

Where:           Atlanta City Hall

Old Council Chambers

68 Mitchell St SW

Atlanta, GA 30303

RSVP:  Please RSVP with first name, last name, organization, and e-mail address to by Monday, July 6 at 10:00 AM Eastern Time.  RSVPs will be honored on a ‘first-come, first-served’ basis. Please send on to others who may be interested in the conversation.

For questions, please e-mail the White House Council on Women & Girls at or call (202) 456-4853.


White House Celebrates Entreprenuers Around the World

The White House Celebrates Entrepreneurs Around the World

On Monday, the President welcomed emerging entrepreneurs from across the country and around the world to the White House to honor their achievements in their fields of business. He also announced new commitments in support of the Spark Global Entrepreneurship Initiative — a bold goal of generating $1 billion in new investment for emerging entrepreneurs worldwide by 2017.