10 Employers That Recruit HBCU Talent
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Historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) are known for graduating students prepared to launch lucrative careers across industries. While STEM jobs continue to gain popularity, employers in industries like business, finance, and transportation increasingly pursue HBCU alumni for top positions.
Employers with a history of promoting diversity and inclusion as part of their company culture understand the importance of recruiting Black talent. The following employers are 10 of the most dedicated when it comes to hiring HBCU graduates.
Headquarters: Redmond, Washington
Job Opportunities: Strategic partnerships manager, software engineer, intelligence technology specialist
Commitment to HBCU Talent: A partner with HBCUConnect since 2014, Microsoft recently recommitted to hiring more Black software engineers and managers. Microsoft launched the Imagine Cup HBCU Edition competition and awarded a $300,000 grant to an HBCU partner in 2021. It also hosts Blacks at Microsoft, an employee resource group that awards scholarships to tech-focused college students and holds recruitment events for students from historically excluded groups.
Headquarters: Nashville, Tennessee
Job Opportunities: U.S. regulatory reporting data analyst, private credit operations manager, fund administration accounting manager
Commitment to HBCU Talent: This global investment firm maintains a longstanding partnership with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and consistently recruits new talent from HBCUs, including Howard University. AllianceBernstein also employs dedicated diversity and inclusion specialists to prioritize inclusion within its corporate culture.
Headquarters: Fort Worth, Texas
Job Opportunities: Customer service manager, aircraft base maintenance supervisor, onboard service senior analyst
Commitment to HBCU Talent: American Airlines hosted Black Enterprise's sixth annual BE Smart Hackathon contest in 2020, inviting students from more than 30 HBCUs to compete for internships and prizes. The company also offers a degree-completion scholarship to HBCU students through a partnership with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and highlights HBCU alumni on its employee website.
Headquarters: Washington, D.C.
Job Opportunities: Locomotive engineer, technical training and development manager, sourcing specialist
Commitment to HBCU Talent: Through a partnership with the United Negro College Fund, Amtrak provides HBCU students with unique travel scholarships that enable them to visit their families during college breaks using Amtrak transportation services. The company also regularly participates in recruiting and hiring events at HBCUs, including the annual National Society of Black Engineers convention.
Headquarters: New York City, New York
Job Opportunities: Market research project manager, senior auditor, performance improvement manager
Commitment to HBCU Talent: This accounting and consulting firm first implemented its HBCU recruitment program, which includes internship and mentorship opportunities, at Florida A&M University. It has since expanded the program to other HBCUs. The company is committed to diversity and inclusion from the top down, as evidenced by the creation of an Inclusive Excellence Council that includes the company's top executives.
Headquarters: Louisville, Kentucky
Job Opportunities: Senior manufacturing engineer, manufacturing quality manager, commercial development program manager
Commitment to HBCU Talent: GE Appliances' African American Forum focused on strengthening its community outreach and HBCU recruitment efforts during the pandemic in 2020 by partnering with HBCU Connect. With people of color currently representing 45% of management-level hires, the company continues to pursue its goal of achieving a diverse staff that includes at least 40% people of color by the end of 2025.
Headquarters: Chicago, Illinois
Job Opportunities: Business intelligence analyst, midair surveillance training specialist, flight controls engineer
Commitment to HBCU Talent: This international aerospace corporation partners with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund to host the annual Boeing HBCU Immersion Program, which provides HBCU students insight into the company's operations and information about potential future careers. Additionally, in 2020, Boeing launched a mentorship program with an HBCU to develop NASA's Space Launch System.
Headquarters: Waltham, Massachusetts
Job Opportunities: Supply chain manager, electrical engineer, contracts specialist
Commitment to HBCU Talent: This corporate conglomerate of aerospace, intelligence, and defense technologies offers undergraduate scholarships to select HBCU students through the Executive Leadership Council. In 2020, the company also committed to giving $25 million over five years toward promoting racial justice and supporting communities of color.
Headquarters: Falls Church, Virginia
Job Opportunities: Principal mechanical engineer, business management analyst, deployable avionics technician
Commitment to HBCU Talent: A global leader in aerospace and transportation engineering and technology, Northrop Grunman hosts an annual HBCU Invitational. Attendees can participate in workshops and networking events, as well as interview for internships and full-time positions. The company continues its ongoing efforts to recruit and develop HBCU talent through its HBCU/Minority Institutions Program.
Headquarters: Frankfurt, Germany
Job Opportunities: Compliance officer, investment banker, business analyst
Commitment to HBCU Talent: In 2020,Deutsche Bank completed a seven-month campaign to promote racial justice in business. This included partnerships with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund to increase recruitment of HBCU students and professional development programs through the Sponsors for Educational Opportunity. The company also aims to increase its Black employees in top executive positions by 50% by the end of 2023.
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