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.

Since inception, students from the our Partner Institutions have achieved the following program outcomes:

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of 2023 Cognosante interns were HBCU students or recent graduates

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HBCU Partner Alliance students immediately secured full-time jobs
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of graduating HBCU students work full-time at Cognosante

“Through immersive, hands-on experiences, students come to Cognosante for the opportunity to apply their academic learning and expand their networks beyond their respective campuses. We are proud to be one of few companies to work directly with our partner universities to co-create a program that prepares students to join the professional world and succeed well into the future.”

Ebony Holmes

Vice President, Human Resources


HBCU Partner faculty and staff partnered with Cognosante leadership to create this unique learning program.
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