HBCU Partner Alliance

Built through a targeted collaboration with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Cognosante’s HBCU Partner Alliance prepares students and recent graduates for promising careers in IT and government contracting.
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Part of Cognosante’s diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility impact programs, the HBCU Partner Alliance empowers students of color as they join the professional workforce.
Students apply their academic studies to real-world projects, gain marketable career experience and learn to collaborate with peers and professionals across the organization. The Partner Alliance creates growth opportunities and gives students the tools to create paths to success in IT, government contracting and the broader business landscape. Students graduate from the program with hands-on experience, needed power skills, and an expanded professional network.

Developed in partnership with our Founding Partner Institutions, the program is comprised of three components:


In this 10-week paid program, aspiring professionals are matched with managers and departments aligned with their academic studies. Analysts work on meaningful projects tailored toward their career goals and our mission, develop an understanding of corporate best practices, earn certifications, and much more.


Students from our partner schools participate in a paid, semester-long learning experience, offering the chance to apply academic teachings in a real-world professional environment. The program provides one-on-one mentoring, career readiness and power skills, and more to make it a life-changing experience.


Cognosante’s Campus Connection establishes a deep connection between students and current professionals to share career experiences with the next generation of leaders. Through year-round, on-campus programming, virtual mentorship opportunities, and career readiness training, students get the benefit of corporate visibility and perspective as they chart their professional future.
Headshot of Chief Administration Officer Jennifer Bailey
“Our programs offer scholars an immersive, hands-on experience and opportunities to expand professional networks beyond their universities. Through the approach built with our founding HBCU partners, we provide students with a chance to apply the skills they have learned during their studies as they prepare to join the professional world. Upon graduation, they will be well equipped for their future endeavors.”

Jennifer Bailey

Chief Administration Officer


HBCU Founding Partner faculty and staff partnered with Cognosante leadership to create this unique learning program.
I am truly grateful for my experience at Cognosante. The hands-on training and professional development were more than I could have asked for. I was given assignments that made me feel valuable to my team and the mission. I am honored to be a part of the HBCU Scholars Program!
– Sheyenne Jenkins
During this program, I gained the ability to be confident when giving speeches. Before entering this program, I used to be nervous and avoid public speaking. I learned quickly that it would not fly in the corporate world. I had the chance here to learn and practice this skill.
– Jaquan Doster
I applied to this internship to gain experience outside of the classroom as well as enhance the skills I have learned throughout my educational journey so far. I saw this as the perfect opportunity to achieve this goal with everything Cognosante had to offer.
– Nygia Williams
So far, I’ve really enjoyed the family-like atmosphere here at Cognosante and the great learning environment. I feel like this opportunity will set me up for the rest of my life.
– Charles Wooten
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