University Alliance have today (27 October) joined major organisations and representatives from industry, education and politics to announce the launch of 10,000 Black Interns, an ambitious programme to transform prospects of young Black people in the United Kingdom.
The 10,000 Black Interns programme will offer paid work experience across a wide range of sectors, providing training and development opportunities and creating a sustainable cycle of mentorship and sponsorship for the Black community.
University Alliance will work in partnership with the #10000BlackInterns programme to facilitate paid internships with leading industries for black students studying at Alliance universities. All UA members have signed up to support the scheme, and will promote the opportunities to students and use their networks to leverage further placements with industry partners.
Speaking on the campaign, Professor Debra Humphris, Vice-Chancellor of University of Brighton and Chair of University Alliance said:
“We are incredibly proud to lead the support of #10000BlackInterns across the Higher Education sector. Alliance university students are amongst the most diverse in the country, and we are deeply committed to supporting racial equity within our institutions, communities and wider society. We look forward to working with our partners across the #10000BlackInterns programme to increase the transformative opportunities and pathways available for black students and to support our partner industries to draw from the diverse talent pool available.”
The programme will build on the successful launch of the #100black interns, where leading players in the investment management industry have come together to address the chronic underrepresentation of Black talent in their sector. Since its launch in August, the programme has garnered extraordinary support with 200 investment management companies offering internships in the Summer of 2021 to Black students in the United Kingdom as a way of attracting a more diverse range of talent to their industry.
You can find out more about the scheme, and how to get involved, by visiting https://www.10000blackinterns.com/