Diversity Recruitment Programs


Diversity programs focus on preparing and placing underrepresented students in internships or jobs in a wide variety of fields. Select programs are described below; browse LIONSHARE for additional postings.

Athena Collaborative Group  

Description: The Athena Collaborative Group offers a highly competitive program where women are recruited as candidates for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) careers. The Athena Collaborative Group specifically looks to recruit, mentor and develop female college students to become leaders in Investment Banking and IT careers.

Specialty: The Athena Collaborative Group specifically targets highly talented STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) students looking to pursue careers in investment banking, business, or in IT. In addition to helping students break in to “STEM” careers, it also looks to help cultivate them as business leaders in these industries.

Partnership:The Athena Collaborative Group has partnerships with many top investment banks and IT firms including: BNP Paribas, Credit Suisse, and Deutsche Bank.

Process/Recruitment Timeline: Visit to access internship applications. Alternatively, call 212-551-1023 or email info@athenacollaborative.orgn for more information.


Description: INROADS is a national non-profit looking to develop and place talented underserved minorities in business and industry. INROADS works with top companies to help secure a paid multi-year internship in order to help prepare interns for corporate and community leadership.

Basic Requirements: INROADS is open to college underclassmen and entering college freshmen who have a career interest in business, engineering, computers and information sciences, retail store management, sales, health, or marketing.

In addition, students must have at least a 3.0 college GPA and at least 1 summer or 27 credit hours remaining before graduating college(i.e., Rising college sophomores and rising college juniors)

Specialty: INROADS works to identify and partner with globally recognized companies to help secure multi-year internship opportunities for college underclassmen and incoming college freshmen to be industry leaders in business, engineering, information science, sales, health, or marketing. In addition, students receive year-round mentoring and access to scholarship opportunities to help fund their education.

Partnership: INROADS partners with top U.S. companies placing hundreds of interns annually. Some of the top partner organizations include Deloitte, Boeing, Qwest, Metlife, United Technologies Corporation, and Lockheed Martin. A complete list of internships can be viewed at

Process/ Recruitment Timeline: INROADS has only one application deadline, usually March 31st, for their summer programs. Once students fill out the application, they will be processed and reviewed. Selected students will go through a training session where they will get prepared to interview with a corporate sponsor. From there the corporate sponsors will directly extend job offers to candidates.


Description:  SEO provides superior educational and career programs to young people from underserved communities to maximize their opportunities for college and career success. Student interns can be placed within companies in the corporate, banking, corporate law, or the non-profit sector. SEO provides mentorship and training for students throughout their internship experiences and works to ensure that students can get job offers from the companies and organizations they intern with over the summer. SEO also provides students with stipends ranging from $700-$1300, entry level professional pay, for the career field students have chosen.

Basic Requirements:

  • Have at least a 3.0 GPA
  • Attend an accredited 4 year university (like Columbia!)

SEO is open to students of all majors who are sophomores to seniors and are American citizens. SEO also offers some internship opportunities for international students who have F-1 Visas. SEO does have specific requirements and restrictions based on the program you plan to apply for, particularly for more technical positions. The specific eligibility for each program is listed at

Specialty: African-American, Native-American, and Hispanic-American students are placed in full-time summer internships and receive mentoring, training, and are given an opportunity to network with other professionals in their field of interest.

While SEO provides opportunities to all grade levels, it offers freshmen a unique opportunity called SEO-U. Through SEO-U, students gain networking experience and professional development which will help their chances to be selected for SEO further along in their college career.

Partnership: SEO partners with many globally recognized firms and organizations throughout the United States. Some of SEO’s partners are Teach for America, Bank of America, J.P. Morgan Chase, Barclays, Johnson and Johnson, IBM, and Goldman Sachs.

Process/Recruitment Timeline: Students who are interested in applying to SEO must first create an account with SEO on their website, and fill out all necessary application information. Students will then be asked what industry they are interested in pursuing. Freshmen are limited to the SEO-U program which helps make them more competitive for selection into SEO in the future.

SEO has a rolling admissions process, and on their website it emphasizes that applicants should apply as early as possible. Their usual deadlines are November 1st, December 1st, January 1st, February 1st, and February 20th. Each sector had a different mandatory cutoff date; however, for most programs this was February 1st

Once a students’ application is finished, students selected to continue on with the interview process will go through three rounds of interviews. The first will be a phone or in-person screening interview that will take around 15 minutes. The second will be a Skype or in-person meeting that will take around 20 minutes. The final interview could either be an assessment for students looking to enter Sales and Trading or a follow-up interview that can range from 30 to 60 minutes.

Applicants may be asked analytical questions or to do a case interview during this process. While accepted applicants may not choose one of SEO’s partners to work with, accepted applicants will be placed based on their interests, skills, background, and personality.


Description: Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT) is the premier career development institution that equips high potential African Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans with the key ingredients—skills, coaching and door-opening relationships—that unlock their potential. By cracking the code on career potential, MLT is developing the next generation of minority leaders, for the corporate, non-profit and entrepreneurial sectors.

Specialty: MLT offers constant mentoring, one-on-one career coaching, in addition to internship placements for underrepresented minority students interested in careers in business or non-profits. Accepted interns are required to attend four weekend seminars throughout the course of the year to complement their internship.

Application Requirements:  There are several application requirements for interested applicants.

  • U.S citizenship or permanent legal residence
  • Identification as Black, Hispanic, Native American or a combination
  • Professional goals that align with Career Prep’s programming
  • Ability to do monthly assignments and participate in in-person workshops
  • Have at least a 3.0 GPA

Partnership: MLT works with top corporations and non-profit organizations to provide interns with the experiences they need to succeed. Some of the partners include: Accenture, Pepsi, Wells Fargo, The Starr Foundation, The Bridgespan Group, The Harris Foundation, and Teach for America.

Process/Recruitment Timeline: Career Prep 2015 information will be released later this Fall, but the application deadline is generally in March. MLT is a selective program that uses an application, essays, and interviews to determine its selected applicants. A sample of the essay topics MLT provides is listed at

CBCF Congressional Internship Program

Description: Established in 1986, the CBCF Congressional Internship Program answered the call to help diversify our democracy by increasing the pool of talented public servants. This intensive nine-week summer program offers the opportunity for college students from across the nation to learn about the legislative process, leadership, and careers in the policy-making process. Interns work in CBC member offices, attend professional development events, and participate in leadership development projects. The program prepares young people to become informed decision makers and influential leaders who shape our world.

Benefits: Interns will receive a $3,000 stipend and housing at a local university. Interns may also be eligible to receive academic credit at their college or university for participating in the program. 

Qualifications: Successful applicants must be U.S. citizens or permitted to work in the U.S. They must be currently or recently enrolled in college full-time when applying to the program and should demonstrate interest in public service, governance, and policy-making process.

Process/Recruitment Timeline: The program deadline is usually late February, and runs from May to July. More information will be released on the 2015 CBCF Internship Program later this Fall.