Monday, August 6, 2007

College internship program opens corporate doors to minority students; national convention in Nashville

"We're helping these corporations recognize that leadership can come in many forms"

A few thousand young minorities were in Nashville in July, asking questions about navigating corporate America and corporate culture, according to this article in the Tennessean:
"What was happening in side the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center Friday was, in fact, part of the answer, said Charles Cornelius, president and CEO of Inroads Inc., a St. Louis-based group sponsoring a three-day training and networking event for minority students.

"Our internships help to acclimate our students to the cultures of the organizations where they work," he said. "And because we recruit the best and the brightest and give them some of the skills they need at events like this, we like to think we're helping these corporations recognize that leadership can come in many forms."

"Inroads is the nation's largest source of salaried corporate internships for minority students. Its national meeting ... drew about 3,500 students from across the country..."

"Inroads identifies minority college students with high grade-point averages, an interest in working inside corporate America and a lack of the personal connections, networks and comfort with big-business culture that it often takes to secure more than entry-level corporate work."

"LaVinia Tribble, who'll be a senior this fall at the University of Memphis, has spent the past three summers as an Inroads intern working in branches of Regions Bank in Nashville."

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