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    We believe in
    Black youth

The Problem We Aim to Solve

We have a global work crisis that’s twofold. Professional jobs are increasing faster than we can fill them, and most of us — from senior executives to college interns — feel undervalued, overworked, and uninspired.

This is a deficit in skills and morale driven by the adoption of new technology, socioeconomic inequality, and our outdated approach to education and training.

We address America's work crisis by bringing together our most resilient community (Black youth) and our most resourced community (industry leaders) to modernize our nation's approach to student development.

Who We Are

HBCU First is a student-led nonprofit on a mission to increase college and career success for Black youth.

As the nation's leading HBCU internship program, we leverage relationships with 70+ HBCUs to help Black youth navigate the college-to-career journey and bridge the gap between learning and doing.

We believe Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) — due to their track record of graduating thriving professionals — should be the first choice of college-bound Black youth and diverse-talent-seeking organizations.

We are proud earners of the Guidestar® 2022 Platinum Seal of Transparency.

Our Values & Principles

As a values-based organization, our commitment to Feedback, Accountably, Community, Transparency, and Service (FACTS) guides how we work, and who we work with.

Feedback: We are focused on being better and doing better. We provide a safe space for Black youth to share ideas and voice opinions.


Accountability: We believe we're all in this together. We see personal responsibility & accountability as a key to progress.


Community: We cultivate a family atmosphere within our organization by supporting students professionally, socially, and emotionally.


Transparency: We believe honest & direct communication is the way forward. We share what's on our mind and expect the same in return.


Service: We lead through service. We are committed to serving Black youth and teaching the value of helping others move forward.

HBCU First's mission is to increase college and career success for Black youth.

Increase college and career success for Black youth.