HBCU alumni were key to the success of Mercy Corps' new intern program

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After a successful pilot last year, Mercy Corps is expanding its internship program, which partners with historically Black colleges and universities and offers paid placements to students from various academic backgrounds.

The organization had been looking for ways to strengthen and build out its global internship program, Kristine Wilson, Mercy Corps’ talent and intern program manager, told Devex. There were already some HBCU students among the intern cohort, but there was also an opportunity to work more closely with these institutions and “deliberately give Black students in the United States opportunities to break into international development.”

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