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NC Governor’s HBCU Internship Program 

Two students from Shaw University have earned the opportunity to participate in the NC Governor’s HBCU Internship Program, within the Summer 2022 Cohort.  

The North Carolina Governor’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Internship Program, which began in 2015, was created to connect students matriculating at North Carolina’s HBCUs with major corporations and businesses in the private sector throughout the state. 

The program provides interns with an immersive professional experience that will increase their competitiveness in the job market. In turn, corporations and businesses are directly exposed to a diverse pool of high performing students with the goal of recruiting and retaining valuable talent within North Carolina. Studies show that seven out of 10 internships turn into full-time jobs. 

Terry Pettiford, Business Administration: Management major, interviewed and hired by NC Governor’s partner, State Farm – Melvin Greene’s Raleigh Office. Mr. Pettiford will be establishing and focusing on customer relations, property, and casualty training, learning sales and billing skills and more.  

Nakya Carter, rising Junior and Business Administration: Management major, interviewed and accepted an offer to join Stratagon. This program partner is an integrated marketing agency specializing in sales and marketing strategies that yield measurable results, located in Charlotte, NC and with offices also in High Point.  

All opportunities with the NC Governor’s HBCU Internship Program provide students with competitive hourly pay, paid holidays off and one-time $1200 housing stipend. 

DHHS HBCU / MSI Internship Program

This summer, more students from Shaw will also be participating in additional state funded internship programs. The Department of Health and Human Services has kicked off its inaugural DHHS HBCU / MSI (Minority Serving Institutions) Internship Program pilot. The program has a goal of hiring 20 interns across the 14 institutions that fall into the targeted areas of recruitment. The opportunities are paid, and students will work with a variety of departments on-site and in a hybrid capacity.  

Joseph Mitchell will soon begin his internship with DHHS this summer. Joseph is a rising senior at Shaw University and is a Psychology major.  

Edie Roberts, an Adult Degree Program student, is a senior and Social Work major. Edie will also be joining the intern team at DHHS this summer.  

Students like Terry Pettiford, Nakya Carter and Joseph Mitchell utilized the Experiential Learning and Career Development Center this spring to develop their resumes, practice interviewing skills and learned about opportunities from the ELCDC (Experiential Learning and Career Development Center) staff. Ms. Morgan Ray, Director of the Experiential Learning and Career Development Center, worked directly with Nakya, Terry, and Joseph, and serves as the main point a contact for internship program and corporate recruiting partners. Additionally, the ELCDC staff welcomed a new Career Advisor in late spring, Mr. Carroll Conley. Ms. Ray and Mr. Conley plan to continue to work with students to increase internship placements for Fall 2022, Spring 2023 and Summer 2023.  

Internships are important to gaining hands-on experience across industries and building a valuable network to lean on prior to and after graduation. Our goal is to make sure students at Shaw have the necessary tools to advance in their professional development and growth and have the experiences to back that growth. In addition to state funded internships, students from Shaw have also been offered internships this summer with the NC Chambers, Crowd the Tap, GitHub, Keystone Camp, Dominion Freight lines, Live Well Wake, Project Imagine and more. 

The ELCD Center plans to highlight more interns working this summer on National Intern Day on July 28, 2022.

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