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Career Resources for BIPOC Students

The Office of Career and Professional Development is committed to supporting BIPOC students at all points of the career development process. Below are helpful resources specific to this population of students, including tips evaluating organizational culture of employers, scholarships and fellowships, and job search resources for specific BIPOC groups.

Internship and Job Search

Many employers are interested in recruiting students from diverse backgrounds and cultural experiences. The following programs are designed to connect underrepresented students with employment opportunities. 

  • Jopwell: Jopwell is a diversity hiring startup that helps companies connect with and recruit underrepresented ethnic minority candidates for jobs and internships
  • INROADS: INROADS is a non-profit organization founded in 1970 by Frank C. Carr to fix the lack of ethnic diversity in corporate America.
  • Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT): MLT is a national nonprofit transforming the leadership pipeline by equipping Black, Latinx, and Native American talent to secure high-trajectory jobs.

In addition, to find other opportunities via Handshake, Georgia Southern’s career services management tool, and other job boards, there are specific keywords you can use to enhance your search. Try searching for the following keywords:  

  • Your identity (e.g. Black, Latinx/Hispanic, Asian, Indigenous/Native, etc.) 
  • Identity-specific programs will often contain the terms/phrases “people/students of color strongly encouraged”, “diversity”, “underrepresented”, and “minority”.

Evaluating Employers’ Organizational Culture

Assessing fit is an important part of the consideration process for potential employers or graduate/professional schools. Below are a few things to consider when reviewing organizations that are a good fit for you.

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statements: Look for a statement on the organization’s website which can provide you with insight into their commitment and efforts toward a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture.
  • Affinity Groups/Student Organizations: Affinity groups create a space for employees of similar backgrounds or interests to build connections.  Similarly, graduate and professional schools may have identity-based student groups.  These groups can be a great source of networking contacts to learn more about an organization. 
  • Workplace Diversity Rankings: Several publications publish annual rankings of their top organizations for workplace diversity including Fortune, Forbes, and Comparably, to name a few. These types of lists typically focus on large companies and the methodology is different for each, but they can provide some insight into the experience of people of color who have worked for the employers on the list.
  • Networking with Alumni and other Underrepresented Professionals: Connect with Georgia Southern alumni of color who work for employers or have attended graduate schools of interest to you for informational interviews via Handshake and LinkedIn. During the conversation, ask questions to learn more about their experience as a professional of color in the field and recommended professional organizations. The Minority Network is also a great hub for individuals to connect with mentors, learn about opportunities, and gain access to additional diversity programs.

Additional Resources by Group

Asian/Pacific American Students
  • National Association of Asian American Professionals – The NAAAP is a non-profit organization that cultivates and empowers Asian and Pacific Islander leaders through professional development, community service, and networking. It offers a diverse range of professional development programs including a career center and job board.
  • Asian American Journalists Association: A professional organization devoted to Asian Americans pursuing media careers includes job listings.
Black/African American Students
  • Network of Black AlumniNOBA works in partnership with the Office of Alumni Relations to maximize black alumni participation in the life of the University and to establish a productive interaction among black alumni, the University community, and students by providing relevant programming, events, and fellowship.
  • African American Professional Associations – Compilation of links to the leading African American professional associations, many with career and job sites of their own, collected by Monster.
  • National Society of Black Engineers: The NSBE seeks to encourage and support African-American engineering students and professionals. Join and have access to leadership training, career placement, mentoring opportunities, and scholarships. Membership dues are low, especially for students.
  • National Urban League Job Network – The Urban League Job Network is backed by the National Urban League and is dedicated to helping diverse students find employment opportunities.
  • Black Enterprise: Search for jobs. Knowledge center for job search, career management, and professional development articles and advice.
  • Black Engineer: Provided by the publishers of US Black Engineer magazine.
  • Black Engineer of the Year Awards (BEYA) Conference: Usually held in February each year, provided by Career Communications Group (publishers of the Black Engineer magazine), this conference includes a STEM Career Fair. 
  • Black Collegian Online: “The career site for students of color.” The online version of the career magazine is geared toward African Americans.
Hispanic/Latino/a Students
  • Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement (HACE): HACE is a national non-profit dedicated to the employment, development, and advancement of current and aspiring Latino professionals.
  • Saludos Web National Job Listings: Supported by Saludos Hispanos magazine, this site serves the Hispanic community by providing a way for employers actively seeking to recruit qualified Hispanics to post job listings. Search for jobs, read career and internship advice, and learn about Hispanic-friendly companies with opportunities for Spanish-speaking bilingual professionals.
  • Leading employment source for Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking professionals throughout the Americas.
  • Job search site.
  • National Society of Hispanic MBAs: “Fostering Hispanic leadership through graduate management professional education and professional development in order to improve society.”
  • The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers: SHPE was founded in 1974 by a group of engineers employed by the city of Los Angeles. Their objective was to form a national organization of professional engineers to serve as role models in the Hispanic community.
Native American Students
  • Index of Native American Resources on the Internet: Developed to provide information resources to the Native American community.
  • American Indian Science and Engineering Society: The AISES works toward the goal of increasing the number of American Indian and Alaskan Native professionals in the engineering, science, and technology fields. Join to get access to career development training, internship and scholarship opportunities, and an extensive job board. Membership fees are low, and pre-college students can join for free.
General Career Resources for Students from Diverse Backgrounds
  • Affirmative Action Register: The National Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) recruitment publication is directed to females, minorities, veterans, and all other applicants.
  • Diversity Job posting service for large corporations and small businesses. Job seekers can search for jobs, and post résumés.
  • Hiring Made Easy: Diversity recruitment job postings, corporate culture branding, career networking, and executive recruitment services nationwide.
  • Diversity Link: Job listings and resume postings targeted at diverse candidates (women, persons from varied ethnic backgrounds, disabled candidates).
  • Dedicated to promoting diversity in the workplace.
  • Career advice, interviewing tips, and a jobs database and best practices.
  • Jobs, diversity forums, employment research, and other minority career-related resources.
  • Equal Opportunity Publications, Inc.: Information on the Equal Opportunity, Woman Engineer, Minority Engineer, CAREERS and the Disabled, Workforce Diversity For Engineering And IT Professionals, Hispanic Career World and African-American Career World publications. Includes a list of employers currently recruiting new employees along with a list of job announcements.
  • Sponsored by The Black Collegian magazine, this is an excellent resource for all minority and diversity candidates, including women and the disabled. Offers career opportunities and serves as a forum where people of color are able to articulate specific issues, concerns, and possibilities.
  • Established organization and features great career-related professional, paid internships that can give you direct and immediate access to the Corporate world.
  • Minority Non-profit organization that provides minorities with federal internships.
  • Minority Business Development Agency:  A division of the U.S. Department of Commerce, the MBDA lists and provides resources for businesses that are headed by minorities and women.
  • Minorities in Medicine: Resources for minorities considering a career in medicine.  “The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) has a commitment to increasing the number of underrepresented minorities in medical education.”
  • Combines job listing and career information with news and information on civil rights, including immigration, education, government, and historical information. Includes online resume database.
  • Minority Professional Network: Career, business, and lifestyle information. Also includes information on several “offline” events throughout the US and abroad, providing excellent networking opportunities with real face time.
  • NEMNET: Education careers: a national resource organization that seeks to assist minority teachers, administrators, or coaches seeking employment in education. Each year, Nemnet works with over 500 Public and Private Schools [k-12], Colleges, Universities, and Non-Profit Organizations.
  • OnlineDiversity: Provided by the publishers of The Black EOE Journal, The HISPANIC Network Magazine, and The Professional WOMAN’S Magazine. Includes job listings.
  • PharmaDiversity Job Board: Focused on matching diverse candidates with all types of jobs in the pharmaceutical industry, from accountants and administrators to sales to research. Lots of articles targeting various audiences.
  • Professional Organizations for Women and Minorities -The organizations in this link are dedicated to the development of minorities and women in specific professions. Many of them allow hiring organizations to list job vacancies on their websites or professional publications.
  • WorkplaceDiversity: Diversity recruiting, including the 40+ group. Can target a specific industry sector. Includes employer profiles, news and information targeted to various diverse audiences and information on associations and organizations supporting and promoting minority and diversity interests.

Last updated: 1/26/2023