Minority Student Internship/Apprenticeship Program

“What good is the American Dream if people can be screened out of opportunities in life?”

Derek Bok, Former President of Harvard University

Did you know that over 50% of minority students will be unemployed within a year after they graduate high school or college?

Now, more than ever, companies are looking to hire talent based upon past experience rather than ranking a candidate based upon their GPA.

In light of the U.S. Supreme Court sunsetting the Affirmative Action Program that encouraged equal opportunities for all, Tech With Heart Foundation is bridging the gap for minority and underserved students, between graduating from school and acquiring a competitive entry-level position in the career field of choice.

The Tech With Heart Foundation seeks to empower at-risk, underserved, and minority students to reach new heights of success in life and business through vocational training, mentoring and economic support, in the realms of marketing and technology.

Hand up, not hand out

This program is not a hand out. Tech With Heart Foundation provides a hand-up with a 6-12 month paid student internship/apprenticeship and leadership program. Students will be paid a minimum wage living stipend while they discover how to use technology to market businesses and connect with humans in a more efficient way. They will embrace new skills to help them succeed every day of their lives. They will become leaders in their field and gain more confidence, which is a big part of breaking the negative cycle.

How Students Are Selected

Tech With Heart focuses on supporting minority or underserved students, ages 18-26, in the San Francisco Bay Area, who have taken some media or journalism, or digital marketing courses in high school or college. They must show a promise in talent and drive toward a career in these industries.

Student applicants will be identified based on prior experience and interest in marketing technologies. They will be part of web design, video production, copywriting, digital marketing, advertising, and social media marketing programs.

Once staff members identify the students who qualify for the apprenticeship program, candidates will proceed through a vetting process to ensure they are accountable for their own success and the success of the program.

Students will be matched with small business owners and entrepreneurs to develop a portfolio, resume, and credentials to position them for successful employment. Our goal is for all students to be placed in a job within six months of finishing their apprenticeship and training.

How You Can Help

The Minority Student Internship/Apprenticeship Program is one of three core pillars of the Tech With Heart Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to enlightening, empowering and embracing entrepreneurs, minority or underserved students, and children to reach their highest potential in business, career and life.
Tech With Heart Foundation is supported by a board of governors, representing leaders within their fields and a dedicated advisory board.
We are looking for donations as well as mentors/supervisors to support the program. Contact us to see how you can help us with this worthwhile mission.

Program Service Offerings

Internship/Apprenticeship Program will provide:

  • Hands-on training for in-demand marketing and technology skills
  • Real-time, live virtual courses with subject matter experts in marketing, leadership, and career planning
  • Practical work experience and apprenticeships with Tech With Heart Network small business owners and entrepreneurs
  • Participation in the mentor-protege program
  • Guidance and emotional support
  • Career guidance to set goals, cultivate contacts, identify resources, develop portfolios, and write resumes
  • Funded education and living wage stipend

Tech With Heart Institute will address the needs of the individual while benefiting their families and communities.