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Minority Development Internship Program


Duquesne University's commitment to fostering diversity on its campus led to the call for more under-represented groups, women and minorities, in leadership roles in the institution's 2003-2008 strategic plan. This plan also aligns closely with the University's mission statement, which references concern for moral and spiritual values through the maintenance of an ecumenical atmosphere open to diversity.

Increasing targeted recruitment efforts required the establishment of strong alliances with community employment programs. However, it was quickly recognized that this effort alone would not guarantee an increased representation of minorities in the employment candidate pools. An even more proactive approach was necessary to better reflect the extent of the University's commitment to diversity and increase the success of its minority employee recruitment efforts.

The Minority Development Internship Program was created to provide employment opportunities to unemployed or underemployed college-educated minorities through compensated, full-time temporary employment. The program launched in fall of 2007 with the selection of two interns.

The goals of this program are to:

  • Offer basic managerial training to professionals of minority background.
  • Identify campus departments and programs that had a project or short-term assignment.
  • Define learning objectives and outcomes.
  • Set goals and measure performance. 
  • Place the interns for a period of three to six months with the goal of rotating them through academic departments and business units once the assignment is complete.
  • Provide opportunities for interns to build upon their knowledge, skills, and abilities and increase their chances to qualify for permanent employment opportunities at Duquesne or at other organizations.

This initiative has helped to facilitate the permanent employment of minority professionals and increase the chances of retaining them. Since 2007, 15 individuals have served as interns, 11 of whom obtained permanent employment at Duquesne. Of the remaining interns, two remains as an active intern in the program and the others resigned to pursue a career in the corporate arena.

In fall 2010, the University expanded its Minority Development Internship Program to include a part-time, recently increased to full-time, minority intern who would rotate through departments and develop enhanced clerical skills similar to those described in the full-time program. Since 2010, seven interns have participated, and five of them have obtained permanent employment at Duquesne. Of the remaining interns, one remains as an active intern in the program and two resigned to pursue other career opportunities.

For more information about Duquesne University's Minority Development Internship Programs, please contact Marla D. Bradford, Senior Recruiter Diversity Leader at bradfordm845@duq.edu or 412.396.1403.