Student-Led Internship Programs

Looking for a spring internship? Our programs help Black youth navigate the college-to-career journey and bridge the gap between learning and doing. As an HBCU First intern, your charge is to improve the HBCU First internship experience for all students.

Are you a first-year HBCU student? Apply to our Near-Peer Mentoring Program to get help transitioning to your HBCU.

Check out our programs and see if there's a role right for you. All HBCU First programs are virtual, paid, and open to full-time HBCU students.

  • HBCU Leadership Incubator™

    HBCU Leadership Incubator™
    Through our 12-week leadership development programs, each student “Lead” develops & manages an HBCU First program and team.


  • HBCU Near-Peer Mentoring Program™

    HBCU Near-Peer Mentoring Program™
    Through our 10-week internship experience, Near-Peer Mentors pair up with First-Year schoolmates to develop a playbook for college-to-career success.



  • HBCU Equity™

    HBCU Equity™
    HBCU “Peer Researchers” conduct career-related, primary research to better understand the socio-academic drivers of America’s Black youth.


  • HBCU Exploratory Program™

    HBCU Exploratory Program™
    “HBCU Student Advocates” lead choice-focused talks & workshops helping college-bound Black youth navigate the high-school-to-college journey.



    Experiential learning program for Black K-12 students. Its charge is to foster a social entrepreneur mindset through STEM skill mastery.


  • HBCU Beats™

    HBCU Beats™
    Through our 10-week internship program, talented HBCU producers hone their skills and gain backdoor access to commercial music projects.


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

Check out our student-led talks, master classes, and career events.