HBCU Student Challenge

HBCU student teams work with industry leaders to address real-time business opportunities. Through a series of high-touch engagements, companies mentor students — end-to-end — in solving problems and presenting solutions. All HBCU Student Challenges are exclusively for HBCU First interns.

Win $1000 + a Summer 2023 Career Experience with Nordstrom

Would you like to get expert insight into collaborative business problem-solving while helping a multibillion-dollar company develop an enrichment program for college students?

Britrani Thomas — Program Manager II - Engagements | Early in Career
"My biggest passion and purpose is helping people – I’ve had the opportunity to do this every single day of my career which is what keeps me going and motivated daily!"
• Earned a Bachelor's in Fashion Merchandising from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore
• Started 12-year career at Nordstrom as a salesperson, then went on to lead and manage multiple sales teams
• Pivoted to Human Resources in 2014 and held various roles from an HR Coordinator to HR Manager across several locations in the Northeast

Nordstrom exists to help their customers feel good and look their best. Since starting as a shoe store in 1901, how to best serve customers has been at the center of every decision they make. This heritage of service is the foundation they're building on as they provide convenience and true connection for their customers at more than 350 Nordstrom, Nordstrom Local and Nordstrom Rack locations.

In 2020, the retailer committed to delivering $500 million in retail sales from brands owned, operated or designed by Black and Latinx individuals by 2025, and in 2021, Nordstrom signed the Fifteen Percent Pledge, announcing a continued commitment to growing its purchases from businesses owned or founded by Black individuals tenfold by the end of 2030. Learn more.

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