Mission

Our mission is to diversify the professional, humanities and STEM workforces through the recruitment and placement of diverse student populations into educational and research opportunities and internships.

We prepare students for these opportunities with professional development and workplace training. Our network of partners around the world makes this possible for students attending 2-yr and 4-yr Hispanic Serving Institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges, and Minority Serving Institutions.

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Impact

More Than A Grad focuses on creating equitable opportunities for all students. Our work makes an impact on education, social mobility, and wellness for students from historically marginalized communities. We focus on serving students attending colleges and universities with federal designations that indicate these institutions provide access to education for underrepresented populations. More Than A Grad provides guidance, support, mentorship, and training for students who engage with our application process to prepare them for applying, interviewing, and working in professional, academic and government organizations.

Internship partners also benefit from internship programs, creating economic returns for their organizations and profoundly impacting economic development.

Education

Internships engage students in learning, practical application of classroom knowledge, and reflective learning among many other educational experiences. This engagement results in extensive gains in educational persistence, matriculation, retention, graduation rates, and pursuit of advanced and terminal degrees. One study showed that students who worked in an internship during their undergraduate studies graduated at a much higher rate than their peers. In fact, 91% of these students graduated in 4 years [1]. By comparison, only 26.7% of students attending public universities graduate in 4 years. The average difference in total cost for a 1-year delay in graduation, from 4 years to 5 years, was estimated to be over $50,000 according to another study [2]. Internships not only have a profound impact on graduation rates but also improves time-to-graduation, which has implications on the cost of college and career-long earning potential for graduates.

In addition to making an impact on students' education, internships make an impact on the organization hosting the program. Students in college are engaged in learning the most up-to-date technology, theory, practice, and methods for engaging in the workplace. The National Association of Colleges and Employers (2019) reports that 92% of interns work on higher-level tasks such as data analysis, problem-solving, and logistics [3]. Organizations benefit greatly from this knowledge. Further, mentor-supervisors have an opportunity to develop leadership and mentorship skills for the organization. Internships are a great opportunity for professional growth and education for the intern, the mentor, and the organization, alike.

Social Mobility

As discussed above, internships have a profound impact on degree completion and time-to-graduation. The U.S. Department of Education reports that on average, college graduates with a bachelor's degree earn 66% more than high school graduates. Over the course of a lifetime, this amounts to $1,000,000 [4]. Impact on degree completion is only the beginning of the effects that internships have on social mobility for many students, especially first-generation college students and students from historically marginalized populations. The experience that students gain through internships makes them competitive candidates as new hires in the job market. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (2019), recent graduates who worked paid internships receive a starting salary that is 28% higher than those who do not work a paid internship. Additionally, 70% of companies offer jobs to interns and 80% of these offers are accepted [3]. The same study also reports that the one-year retention rate of interns who accept these positions is 71%. Thus, the social mobility of first-generation college students and students from historically marginalized communities is profoundly impacted by participation in an internship program.

[1] Sullivan, D. F. (2010). The Hidden Costs of Low Four-Year Graduation Rates. Liberal Education, 96(3), 24-31.[2] Walker, R. B. (2011). Business internships and their relationship with retention, academic performance, and degree completion.[3] National Association of Colleges and Employers, (2019). Retrieved from https://www.naceweb.org/[4] U.S. Department of Education, (N.D.). College Affordability and Completion: Ensuring a Pathway to Opportunity. Retrieved from: https://www.ed.gov/college/