Diversity-Focused Internship Programs
The internships listed below are a small sample of internship programs focused on recruiting undergraduate students of color. We encourage you to research other internship sources in addition to what is listed in this document.
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- Hispanic Association of Colleges & University (HACU) National Internship Program places students in paid internships in all industries.
- Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT) Career Prep Fellows receive access to leading hiring organizations in consulting, technology, financial services, consumer goods, retail, and more.
- National Organization for Women offers full-time and part-time unpaid internships throughout the year for undergraduate and graduate students.
- National Partnership for Women and Families invites bright, energetic women and men who are passionate about our issues to apply for internships.
- Seizing Every Opportunity (SEO) recruits and trains high achieving Black, Hispanic and Native American college students for challenging summer internships with leading investment banks and Fortune companies.
Art & Museums
- Getty Marrow Undergraduate Internship program in Los Angeles encourages greater diversity in museums and the visual arts.
- Mellon Undergraduate Curatorial Fellowship provides specialized training in the curatorial field to students across the United States who have historically been underrepresented in this field, and supports the goal of promoting inclusive, pluralistic museums.
- Smithsonian Minority Awards Program – Internship offers internships to increase participation of groups who are underrepresented in the disciplines of research conducted at the Institution and in the museum field.
- The Strong National Museum of Play invites undergraduate and graduate college students from diverse backgrounds who are are interested in a museum-related career, to take part in the museum’s Diversity Internship Program.
Communication, Journalism, & Media
- American Association for the Advancement of Science Diverse Voices in Science Journalism Internship is a summer program designed for students who are deeply committed to diversity and interested in pursuing journalism as a career and interning in the newsroom at a Science magazine.
- Black Entertainment Television Networks (BETN) Internship Program is available year-round to many colleges, universities, and external partner organizations, representing diverse communities nationwide. Interns are provided with real-life experiences.
- Emma Bowen Foundation places students of color in multi-year paid internships at some of the nation’s leading media companies.
- NBCUniversal Late Night Writer’s Workshop is a multi-day program focused on exposing talented sketch and comedy writers to late night and alternative line-ups and readying them for a staff writer position.
- Multicultural Advertising Intern Program (MAIP) allows students to work at prestigious advertising agencies in various disciplines (including account management, art direction, copywriting, design, human resources, public relations, strategy, and UX/UI).
- National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) places students in 10-week internships with small, medium, and large newspapers, television and radio stations, and online news services across the country.
- T. Howard Foundation is dedicated to increasing diversity within major media, technology, and advertising companies.
- The Fund for American States – Institute on Political Journalism offers intern responsibilities that often include covering congressional hearings, drafting articles for publication, editing and producing news stories, researching, writing press releases, assisting with media relations, and general administrative office work.
Energy / Environment / Oceanography / Atmospheric Science
- C-StREAM is a program focused on recruiting, advising, and mentoring college students from typically underrepresented groups to prepare them for careers in environmental protection and restoration. Program staff work with successful applicants to identify internships and mentors.
- Hispanic Access Foundation’s My Access to a Network of Opportunities (MANO) Project offers enriching environmental education internships for upcoming Latinx professionals who are passionate about public land conservation and heritage preservation.
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration – NGI Diversity Internship Program provides career exploration in a variety of fields, including coastal science, fisheries management, climate change, ecosystem management, marine technology, engineering, socio-economic data analysis, and environmental justice.
- Bigelow Lab for Ocean Sciences engages students in the lab through participation in current research projects.
- National Audubon Society Wings Internships aim to inspire lifelong stewardship of our environment and communities, providing individuals the opportunity to develop skills needed for a successful career in conservation.
- Smithsonian Minority Awards Program Internships are open to U.S. minority groups who are underrepresented in Smithsonian programs, in the disciplines of research conducted at the Institution, and in the museum field.
Environment / Education
- Dauphin Island Sea Lab summer internship is available for an undergraduate (junior, senior, or recent graduate) from an underrepresented group in marine science and environmental education.
- National Park Service / Student Conservation Association– Cultural Resources Diversity Internships are available in areas that include conducting historical research, planning exhibits, cataloging museum collections, participating in archaeological excavations, and community outreach.
- US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): Paid and Unpaid Student Internships offers a variety of paid and unpaid internships, fellowships, and other opportunities available at our Washington D.C. headquarters, in our ten regional offices, and at our labs and research centers throughout the nation.
Government & Law
- American Bar Foundation (ABF) Summer Research Diversity Fellowship introduces undergraduate students to research-oriented careers in the field of law and/or social science.
- Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies places students in US congressional offices and federal agencies over the summer.
- Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s internship programs prepare college students and young professionals to become principled leaders, skills policy analysts, and informed advocates by exposing them to the processes that develop national policies and implement them.
- Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute provides paid summer and semester internships. Promising Latino undergraduate students experience what it’s like to work in a congressional office, while participating in weekly professional and leadership development and civic engagement through community service.
- Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute Global Leaders Internship & Fellowship Program is a 15-week fall or spring internship program working in a congressional office and a corporate office in Washington, DC.
- Federal Diversity Internship Initiative, through The Washington Center, is a highly selective program that gives students first-hand insight into working for the federal government.
- Minority Access National Internship Program is designed to allow talented undergraduate and graduate students to experience the diversity and scope of career opportunities available in the federal government and other participating entities.
- Native American Congressional Internship provides American Indian and Alaska Native students with practical experience with the federal legislative process.
Nonprofit & Philanthropy
- National Urban League Summer Internship Program provides insight into the world of nonprofit management for college students in either New York City or Washington, DC.
- The Aspen Institute Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation – William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fellowship introduces a diverse group of students to issues and challenges affecting philanthropy, social enterprise, nonprofit organizations, and other actors in the social sector.
- Columbia University Summer Public Health Scholars Program offers hands-on field experience and immersion in a diverse, economically disadvantaged urban environment, as well as seminars and mentoring by faculty members.
- Diversity Summer Internship Program for Undergraduates with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is a 10-week summer program that provides undergraduates with a graduate-level, independent research project in the biomedical or public health field.
- Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Maternal Child Health Careers/Research Initiatives for Student Enhancement (MCHC/RISE-UP) program provides opportunities for enhanced public health leadership training in the area of maternal and child health – specifically, clinical/community, community engagement and advocacy, and research.
- Morehouse College Public Health Leader Fellowship Program (MC-PHLFP) is a 10-week summer program with a principal aim of reducing health disparities. Students are paired with a mentor to conduct a hands-on research project within CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention.
- Project Imhotep is an 11-week summer internship program designed to increase the knowledge and skills of underrepresented minority students in biostatistics, epidemiology, and occupational safety and health.
- UCLA Public Health Scholars Training Program works with community-based organizations, health systems, and government agencies to offer field placements in Los Angeles for undergraduate students.
- University of Michigan Future Public Health Leaders Program is a 10-week residential summer program that provides students with opportunities for growth, learning, and awareness in the field of public health.
Public Relations & Public Affairs
- League of United Latin American Citizens, National Internships in Washington, DC seeks several talented and passionate interns to work in communications, corporate relations, and special events.
- Diversity in Publishing Internship – LEE & LOW BOOKS interns provide support primarily for the Marketing and Publicity department but may work on cross departmental projects as well.
Science & Research
- The Keck School of Medicine’s Bridging the Gaps Summer Research Program provides an opportunity for outstanding minority students to gain meaningful exposure to the exceptional research and clinical programs at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California.
- Duke University Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP) is a 10-week training program designed to give motivated undergraduate students from around the United States hands-on experience in graduate-level biomedical research.
- Massachusetts General Hospital Summer Research Trainee Program’s goal is to inspire students who are underrepresented in medicine to consider careers in academic medicine by immersing them in cutting-edge research opportunities.
- National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) – Diversity Internship Program employs college/university students in a 10-week summer program designed to introduce them to the world of NASCAR and the motorsports industry.
- NCAA Ethnic Minority and Women’s Internship Grant offers an opportunity for a minority, female college student to be chosen for a two-year internship program. The program focuses primarily on compliance, athletic communications, and special events for The Rensselaer Athletics Department and its intercollegiate varsity programs.
- Code2040 connects Black and Latinx tech talent excited by the opportunity to spend a summer interning with the best in the industry in San Francisco, Silicon Valley, and New York City.
- Hack.Diversity career and interview coaches assist students before being matched into paid tech internships at one of Boston’s fastest growing companies.