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WSSU students selected for the NC Governor’s HBCU Internship Program

The NC Governor's HBCU program gives students from HBCU's the experience needed to be more competitive in the job market.

Two Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) students will be interning this summer through North Carolina Governor's Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Internship Program. 

The NC Governor's HBCU program, created to connect students from North Carolina's HBCUs with the state's Fortune 500 companies, gives students from HBCU's the experience needed to be more competitive in the job market.

"This program is crucial in helping to link talented students from our state's historically African American institutions with Fortune 500 corporations through internships," said UNC System Interim President Bill Roper. "I congratulate each of the interns who were selected and wish them the best in their future endeavors."

Through this program, businesses have access and exposure to an untapped, diverse talent pool. This initiative also increases North Carolina HBCU's capacity to connect their graduates to the private sector, allowing North Carolina to retain this talent. 

WSSU will be represented at State Farm and Clorox. Other corporate partners include: Red Hat, Duke Energy, GP Supply, Lenovo, Skanska, BCBS, Northwestern Mutual, and Clorox. 

North Carolina is home to 13 percent of the nation's HBCUs. Ten universities, five public, five private, participate in the program. To be chosen for an internship, applicants must meet minimum academic and computing requirements.

The eight-week internships funded by the state pay students $15 per hour for a 40-hour workweek. 

WSSU students chosen are:

Ebony Jones, State Farm (Jackie Newkirk)
David Rodriguez, Clorox

About NC Governor's HBCU Internship Program
The North Carolina Governor's Historically Black Colleges and Universities Internship Program was created to connect students matriculating at North Carolina's Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) with the state's Fortune 500 companies. Through this initiative, we hope to increase the capacity of North Carolina's HBCUs to connect their graduates to the private sector, thus retaining this talent in North Carolina. With North Carolina home to 13 percent of the nation's Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), that state will include a total of 10 universities (five public and five private) to participate in the program.

About Winston-Salem State University
Winston-Salem State University fosters the creative thinking, analytical problem-solving, and depth of character needed to transform the world. Rooted in liberal education, WSSU’s curriculum prepares students to be thought leaders who have the skills and knowledge needed to develop innovative solutions to complex problems. Founded in 1892, WSSU is a historically Black constituent institution of the University of North Carolina with a rich tradition of contributing to the social, cultural, intellectual, and economic growth of North Carolina, the region and beyond. Guided by the by the motto, “Enter to Learn, Depart to Serve,” WSSU develops leaders who advance social justice by serving the world with compassion and commitment.

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