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Photo of HBCU First interns Mphande Phiri and Nachaka Luzubuho at Alabama A&M University.

HBCU Near-Peer Mentoring Program

The HBCU Near-Peer Mentoring Program is a 10-week internship helping Black youth navigate the college-to-career journey. Focusing on social-emotional resilience, students attending America's 100+ HBCUs pair up to develop a playbook for college-to-career success. This paid virtual program is open to full-time HBCU students.

Fall 2022 Cohort (Sep 11th - Nov 19th)

What's in it for you?
• Support and networking
• Skill-building workshops
• Internship opportunities
• Certificate of achievement

We seek students who are:
• Committed to community
• Focused on growing
• Self-motivated and driven
• Coachable and consistent


What's the job of a first-year intern?

As a First-Year Intern (mentee), you gain 1-to-1 support in adapting to college life, building skills, and growing your network.

Your contribution as an HBCU First intern (mentee) is helping to better the mentoring program experience for the next First-Year Intern.

What's the job of a near-peer mentor?

As a Near-Peer Mentor, you help a first-year schoolmate adapt to college life while building skills and growing your network.

Your contribution as an HBCU First intern is helping to better the mentoring program experience for the next Near-Peer Mentor.

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

See what students have to say about the program.