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CHAPEL HILL, NC – Thirty-four students, representing six public and private institutions from across North Carolina, have been named to internships through the North Carolina Governor’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities Internship Program.

“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.”

The purpose of the program is to connect students matriculating at North Carolina’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) with the state’s Fortune 500 companies. The internships also provide participating institutions with the opportunity to develop long-term partnerships with critical industry allies.

The interns benefit from the work experience, which helps to increase their competitiveness in the job market, while businesses benefit in accessing and being exposed to an untapped, diverse talent pool. The internships are paid from annual reoccurring state fund, and applicants must meet minimum academic and computing requirements to be selected to the program, which runs during June and July. Ultimately, the initiative hopes a long-term benefit will be the retention of home-grown talent in the state.

Corporate partners this year included Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, Clorox, Duke Energy, GP Supply, Lenovo, Northwestern Mutual, Red Hat, Skanska, and State Farm.

The participating institutions are Fayetteville State University, Johnson C. Smith University, North Carolina Central University, N.C. A&T State University, St. Augustine’s University, and Winston-Salem State University.

For a full list of internship recipients, as well as the participating schools and corporations, please see below.

NameUniversity                                     Corporation
Shaniah WilliamsFayetteville State UniversityState Farm (Zonya Autmon)
Charles CarterFayetteville State UniversityState Farm (Zonya Autmon)
Tawanna McKoyFayetteville State UniversityState Farm (Zonya Autmon)
Mychella AskewJohnson C. Smith UniversityState Farm (Briana Cicero-Johns)
Anaiyah BarkerJohnson C. Smith UniversityRed Hat
Jaren BryantN.C. A&T State UniversityDuke Energy
Noureddine Ait AliN.C. A&T State UniversityDuke Energy
Sharmane PowellN.C. A&T State UniversityDuke Energy
Vincent HopeN.C. A&T State UniversityDuke Energy
Robel GhebremehinN.C. A&T State UniversityDuke Energy
Maijah LevertN.C. A&T State UniversityDuke Energy
Alexia SmithN.C. A&T State UniversityDuke Energy
Maya HarrisN.C. A&T State UniversityDuke Energy
Monaye JonesN.C. A&T State UniversityGP Supply
William DustonN.C. A&T State UniversityLenovo
Carrington RodgersN.C. A&T State UniversityLenovo
Chassity ArmstrongN.C. A&T State UniversityLenovo
Vaughn WoodN.C. A&T State UniversitySkanska
Assandra BaysahNorth Carolina Central UniversityBCBS
Siegee DowahNorth Carolina Central UniversityLenovo
Julissa Garcia GutierrezNorth Carolina Central UniversityLenovo
Zayd HanniniNorth Carolina Central UniversityLenovo
Brandon LangleyNorth Carolina Central UniversityLenovo
Nachole HollowayNorth Carolina Central UniversityNorthwestern Mutual
Marlakie JonesNorth Carolina Central UniversityState Farm (Ola Stinnett)
Mahogany PattersonNorth Carolina Central UniversityState Farm (Ola Stinnett)
Jeremey WilliamsNorth Carolina Central UniversityState Farm (John Moore)
Kayla JordanNorth Carolina Central UniversityState Farm (John Moore)
Lavar StubbsSt. Augustine’s UniversityState Farm (Zonya Autmon)
Mareyah WashingtonSt. Augustine’s UniversityLenovo
Liane MoyoSt. Augustine’s UniversityLenovo
Tinashe KuchereraSt. Augustine’s UniversityLenovo
Bercario BrodieSt. Augustine’s UniversityRed Hat
Ebony JonesWinston-Salem State UniversityState Farm (Jackie Newkirk)
David Rodriguez RomeroWinston-Salem State UniversityClorox