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Coca-Cola internship opportunities to HBCU students

Students at 17 HBCUs can apply for week-long paid internship opportunities with Coca-Cola.
Credit: Coca-Cola UNITED
Coca- Cola Pay It Forward Internships

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Birmingham, AL's Coca-Cola bottler, Coca-Cola Bottling Company United, Inc., is accepting applications for its week-long paid internship program. Students from 17 HBCUs in the Southeast are eligible to apply.

Coca-Cola says that students ages 18 and older who attend one of the schools listed below may submit applications beginning Jan. 30, 2023, through April 2, 2023. Students must be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate at a participating HBCU to apply. Coca-Cola UNITED’s 17 partner HBCUs are:

  • Alabama State University
  • Albany State University
  • Alcorn State University
  • Clark Atlanta University
  • Dillard University
  • Fort Valley State University
  • Grambling State University
  • Miles College
  • Morehouse College
  • Morris Brown College
  • Savannah State University
  • Southern University
  • Spelman College
  • Stillman College
  • Talladega College
  • Tuskegee University
  • Xavier University of Louisiana

In 2015, Coca-Cola UNITED teams in Birmingham and Montgomery, Alabama established Pay It Forward to provide young adults opportunities to succeed. More than 100 students have participated.

Students are reviewed and selected based on their completed applications. A $2,000 stipend will be given to each student at the end of the program, as well as a lifetime of Coca-Cola Brand Ambassadorship.

One of the main goals of Pay It Forward is to teach  students, to put it simply, how to go to work. The program immerses them in the facets of the business and teaches them how to network with others and other important skills that will prepare them for the job market.

“Mentorship and career development opportunities through programs such as Pay It Forward are at the heart of what we do,” said Mike Suco, Coca-Cola UNITED president and CEO. “We support these talented young adults by cultivating and celebrating their ambitions as they begin their bright careers.”

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