HBCU First

About HBCU First

HBCU First is a student-led community advancing the overall wellbeing and economic participation of America's Black youth.

As the leading HBCU internship and mentoring academy, we empower elite students — from 70+ Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) — with in-demand, college-to-career skills.

Each year, HBCU First awards hundreds of college students paid internships and produces 200 student development sessions.


Programs Lead Intern

June 2020 - August 2020 Saint Paul, MN
“I loved this internship program. As Programs Lead Intern, I had the ability to work alongside the founder to create two training modules on HBCU History and Social-Emotional Wellness for the Near-Peer Mentoring Program. Courtney Gray, the founder, is amazing and taught me so much professionally and personally while still letting me guide my own project. Another thing I loved about this internship was working alongside my four fellow interns who made my experience worthwhile and were always willing to help out when needed. I would highly recommend this program to everyone. You get to help out your community while working with an amazing group of people and the best founder!”


September 2021 - December 2021 Orlando, FL
“I like that events were planned each day for the interns to interact with the representative from fortune 500 companies. We had engaging conversations, challenges, and internship offer on a rolling basis.”
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