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Internship America

Internship America inspires young people to achieve more, by facilitating rich mentorship connections and an enriching hands-on work experience to spark a student’s aspirational spirit. Operation HOPE Founder, Chairman, and CEO, John Hope Bryant, believes that the daunting reality of America’s current high-school dropout crisis rests in the failure to connect education with aspiration.

The program addresses this shortfall by allowing students to intern directly with executives at a corporation, non-profit organization, or government agency. The objective is to provide an opportunity for students to observe and gain direct experience in leadership and professional development around how businesses manage operations, staff, and resources on a daily basis.

Participants commit to a six-week program duration; 12 hours per week.

Student Exposure


  • Presentation Skills
  • Relationship Building
  • Decision Making
  • Problem Solving
  • Managing Risks


  • Understanding Operations
  • Product Marketing
  • Customer Service
  • Learning about Products
  • Developing Entrepreneurship Skills


  • Basics of Budgeting
  • Money Management
  • Funding College
  • Financial Dignity


  • Working with a Mentor
  • Time Management
  • Establishing a Personal Brand
  • Refining a Resume


  • $500 grant for transportation, food, and the cost of one professional outfit (i.e. business suit/attire - male or female).
  • Customized programs to enhance professional skills.
  • Training and development with a focus on professionalism, workplace etiquette, and business skills.


Students must meet the following criteria to apply for Internship America:

  • GPA range of 2.0-3.5
  • Have volunteered or are currently volunteering within their local community
  • Have completed one of HOPE’s programs: Banking On Our Future or
    HOPE Business In A Box Academies, if offered in area
  • Interest and desire in business or leadership development

Submit the following to apply: 

  • A completed and signed Internship America application
  • Resume
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • (1) Letter of recommendation from a teacher, counselor, or community leader
  • A 60-90 second video clip on why you should be selected for the program. In your video, state the following: Your name, grade, high school, favorite subjects, sports, hobbies or clubs you are a member of or lead, community service, and tell us why we should choose you!

For questions contact:
Martice Hawkins, M.A.
FILE Program Manager 
Phone: 213-891-2900

Upcoming City Deadlines

Birmingham Application Deadline: June 07, 2016

Applicants will be notified via e-mail of their acceptance by June 16, 2016.

Denver Application Deadline: June 09, 2016

Applicants will be notified via e-mail of their acceptance by June 23, 2016.