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HBCU IMPACT Program


Launched in 2020, the HBCU IMPACT Program is a partnership between the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah, Howard University, and other Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The IMPACT (Internships, Mentorship, Professional Development, Academic Achievement, Community Service, Talent Enrichment) Program was built to immerse diverse and talented undergraduate and graduate students from all over the country in the unique and exciting environment of Salt Lake City, Utah. Students are given opportunities to intern at premier companies, gain and provide mentorship, enhance professional development skills, work toward academic achievement, engage with the community, and reach new heights.

 

 

These internships cover:

  • Flights to and from Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Housing at Lassonde Studios, the University of Utah's housing for entrepreneurs and creators. This will be your home for the duration of your internship.  Here you will be able to meet and collaborate with other students who are a part of this program as well as with students who attend the University of Utah
  • Competitive Salary
  • Weekend activities that expose students to Utah’s unique culture. Some previous activities include riding ATVs, attending a rodeo, and going paddle boarding
  • Networking opportunities
  • Professional development workshops

Internship Opportunities

All internship positions have been filled for summer 2024. Please come back in August to view the opportunities for summer 2025.

IMPACT Events

Please contact Simone Lawrence for information on upcoming events.

Expand Your Horizons

Discover the endless horizons of the IMPACT Program by viewing our captivating slideshow, showcasing the incredible opportunities and benefits it offers to students.

  • For any further questions and additional detail information, please feel free to contact Simone Lawrence, HBCU IMPACT program manager, at simone.lawrence@utah.edu.

  • HBCU IMPACT (established in 2020 at the University of Utah David Eccles School of Business School) is an Intern partnership between local Salt Lake City corporations and the University of Utah.

    • Interns will have additional experiences and development opportunities (planned and organized by the IMPACT Program) outside of their daily work life
    • Interns will establish a network and community with other HBCUI participants, a value to their well-rounded experience while in Salt Lake City, and beyond
    • Interns will be a part of a residential community while residing at a state-of-the-art facility (Lassonde Studio) on the University of Utah campus
    • Assist with recruiting at universities
    • Provide staffing to assist students on campus
    • Provide corporate support
    • Provide office space on campus for WFH (work from home/remote) days
    • Plan, coordinate, and operate activities
    • Plan, coordinate, and host information session
    • Provide student workshops and professional development opportunities
    • Provide students with personal resources
    • Provide connections locally with key partners (Black student union, NAACP, Utah Black Chamber, etc.)
    • Identify a recruiter(s) from your organization who will work with the HBCUI program manager during your recruitment process. Your Company’s recruiter will be responsible for attending monthly meetings with the IMPACT Program Manager to ensure that the job posting, company descriptions, and logos are updated on the website
    • Attend required information sessions and register your company as an HBCUI partner
    • While recruiting, your company will utilize the University of Utah’s HBCU IMPACT language on Handshake for your job postings, which will be provided for you
    • Commit to the following expenses/payments which will include intern support such as summer salary, transportation/travel and housing (partner with the University of Utah)
    • Interns should arrive in Salt Lake City the second (2) week of May
    • Internships start date is the third (3) Monday of May
    • Internships end date is the last Friday of July
    • Departure date for the interns is the first Friday in August by 2 p.m.
    • Applications to participate in IMPACT are due the 4th week of June
    • Companies will be accepted by the 1st week of July
    • Companies will be introduced the 4th week of July at the IMPACT Farewell Party
    • Applications will open in March, followed by an information session in April
    • No fees are required to sign-up and register your company as an IMPACT Partner

IMPACT Partners & Sponsors


Interested in becoming an HBCU IMPACT Corporate Partner? Please complete our corporate partner application.

Advisory Board


Tiffany Baffour

Tiffany Baffour

Tiffany Baffour has more than 25 years of experience in teaching, research, and higher administrative leadership. At the University of Utah, Dr. Baffour serves as the Graduate School’s Associate Dean for Graduate Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion while advancing her research agenda in the areas of anti-racist and inclusive higher education environments, mental health/health disparities, and community-based research. She is also a tenured Associate Professor in the College of Social Work. Baffour is a strong advocate for the value of the HBCU experience as a second-generation graduate of Howard University.

Sui Lang L. Panoke

Sui Lang L. Panoke

Sui Lang L. Panoke is a visionary leader and social entrepreneur with a passion for empowering today’s leaders to rethink. create. and innovate. As Senior Vice President of Diversity. Equity. Inclusion. at Zions Bank, she is responsible for directing the bank’s strategic vision to champion diversity, equity and inclusion across the bank and the communities that it serves. Sui Lang is also the founder of Rethink International, The Rethink Tank, and Women Politics Media. She has trained thousands of leaders around the world leading in politics, business, government, higher education, nonprofits, and the media on a wide range of global leadership, corporate diversity, and communications topics. Sui Lang earned a BS in political science from the University of Utah and an MPA from American University’s Women & Politics Institute. She serves on numerous community and nonprofit boards and was awarded the 2022 Pathfinder Leadership Award by the Salt Lake Chamber.

Dale Favors

Dale Favors

Dale Favors is an executive coach and strategic business leader. He spent 26-years as a financial professional working in sales and sales management for firms such as Morgan Stanley, Bloomberg, Royal Bank of Canada, Piper Jaffray and Thomson Reuters, where he built relationships with some of the world’s largest hedge funds, asset managers, corporations, and public pension plans. Favors is the Managing Partner at Adaptive Growth Leadership, a professional services firm focused on sales and leadership training, coaching and strategy business initiatives centered on customer engagement, Inclusion, Diversity, and corporate culture development.

Zachary Smith

Zachary Smith

Mr. Smith joined Crescent Capital Group (CCG) in 2018 as a Managing Director on the Investors Relations team. He is responsible for developing and managing strategic relationships with institutional investors, specifically financial institutions for Crescent. Prior to joining Crescent, Zachary was a Managing Director at Wells Fargo Asset Management (WFAM) within their Insurance Asset Management Practice. Mr. Smith spent 18 years at WFAM in a variety of roles including business development, relationship management, and portfolio management. Mr. Smith is a graduate of the Eccles School of Business (University of Utah).

Emma E. Houston

Emma E. Houston

Emma E. Houston currently serves in the role as Special Assistant to the Vice President of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion at the University of Utah and leads strategies for community outreach, staff engagement and program development. A longtime community member and social justice advocate, Emma is the former director of Diversity Affairs for Salt Lake County Government, former chair of the Utah MLK Jr., Human Rights Commission, and currently serves on the Utah COVID-19 Task Force, the Pastor France A. Davis Scholarship Board, PBS Utah and a member of the local chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated®. Emma is the owner and CEO of Brighter Day Productions, LLC and holds a BS in Business Management and an MBA in Business Administration.

Morgan Williams

Morgan Williams

Morgan Williams is CEO of Blendyd Studios, Inc. a software firm bringing automated solutions to recruiting in the trucking industry. Blendyd Studios is an evolution of EverWoke Inc. where Morgan served as CEO after her late-twin brother, Cameron Williams, passed away. From published genomics researcher, to science teacher, to merchandising analyst, and national education reinvention leader, Morgan’s 12 year career has been grounded in disrupting conventional troupes in conservative industries. Morgan, a philanthropist, speaker, and author, holds a B.A. from Spelman College, M.Ed. from University of St. Thomas-Houston, and will graduate May 2023 with a Master of Business Creation from the University of Utah.

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