Paid School Internships Fuel the Next Generation to Succeed

The U.S. Chamber’s Next-Gen Business Partnership recently combined forces with Urban Alliance, an organization that connects high school students to equitable inclusive careers through paid school internships, mentorship, and professional development. 

In June 2023, the two organizations hosted an event, “Fueling the Next Generation to Succeed,” in which both the college and high school students learned from each other and gained key insights from Chamber leaders, corporate executives, and government officials.

Notable speakers included: 

  • Neil Bradley, U.S. Chamber Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer
  • Marguerite Eastwood, The U.S. Chamber’s Chief Human Resources Officer
  • Roosevelt Holmes, Senior Advisor for Cyber Awareness at The White House
  • Erik Prince, Director of Congressional Affairs at United Airlines; Bahati VanPelt, Director of Business Development at Right Management
  • Rahama Wright, CEO of Shea Yeleen 

Informative sessions focused on the role of business in America and building successful careers within corporate and government environments. Speakers shared their personal journeys, including the challenges they faced as younger professionals.  

Next-Gen Business Partnership is a nationwide initiative that helps to develop the next generation of diverse business leaders. The program partners with Historically Black Colleges and Universities and other Minority Serving Institutions to expose minority students to career opportunities, promote entrepreneurship, and encourage knowledge sharing among academics and business leaders. 

Students can still apply for paid school internships in Northern Virginia until September 1, 2023 and Greater DC and Detroit until September 8, 2023.

This blog was originally published by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.