WASHINGTON, D.C. – This Fall, six students from four colleges lived at the HBCU National Center on Capitol Hill while completing internships for distinguished members of Congress.
The Center was established in 2021 to foster experiential learning, mentorship, and networking for students attending historically black colleges and universities.
The Foundation awards each participating school at least one $5,600 housing grant per academic semester to address lack of diversity in the intern population and structural inequity of housing costs by getting next generation leaders to the resource ladder in Washington— and then, getting them up on it. In addition to the housing grant, the Center assists in placing the participating students in an internship and connects them with a local alumni mentor.
At the Center, the inaugural class of students participated in professional development activities which included a reception for Delegate Briana Sewell, tour with president of the National Press Club and AP, Speaker Series with Rep. Cheri Bustos, and Career Night, among others.
Graduating in the inaugural class are following students:
Anyiah Chambers, Kentucky State University, interning in the office of Congresswoman Nanette Barragán
Brionna Greer, Kentucky State University, interning in the office of Congressman Jim McGovern
Nina Jones, Kentucky State University, interning in the office of Congresswoman Chrissy Houlahan
Deja Mayfield, North Carolina A&T State University, interning in the office of Congresswoman Alma Adams
Malik Singleton, Harris-Stowe State University, interning in the office of Congresswoman Karen Bass
Kyle West, Grambling State University, interning in the office of Senator Tom Carper
The Center was founded to provide students from underserved schools with resources that make an internship in Washington, D.C. affordable, access to career development opportunities, and a helping hand to the first step on the ladder.
Six students now return to campus to promote their professional experience to others.